• 2003-08-19
  • Peel returns after having a fortnight's holiday in France. "I read in the papers a few months ago that all of the smart people had moved on to Italy and other places and moved away from the Dordogne. So we thought, this is the time to go to the Dordogne, and this turned out to be the case. And we had an excellent time. I look like a Greek god of course- fat and bald, as most of them were."
  • Peel had met Charlie Gillett at the Big Chill Festival. "I was very pleased because I got to meet up - which I far too rarely do - with Charlie Gillett, who is a man I admire enormously. Envy, actually, I have to say, because we've grown old together and Charlie looks kind of craggy but he looks great. He's got a mass of silver hair he just looks like he used to when he was in his twenties but older. Whereas I look like a pudding. So I look at him and think why couldn't that have happened to me?"
  • Peel had played a DJ set at the Big Chill Festival. He says that he enjoyed it, but burst into tears at the end, something he says he's increasingly prone to as he's grown older.
  • He plays the Wilbert Harrison track after it came up in conversation with the Black Keys after they'd played at Peel Acres on 31 July 2003, the last show he made before his holiday.
  • Mentions in passing Liverpool's opening match of the season, a 2-1 defeat away at Chelsea. He wasn't impressed with the quality on show: "I don't think it's going to be causing panic at Highbury or Old Trafford or indeed anywhere much really."
  • Mentions a forthcoming live appearance he'll be making at Fabric on 17 September, then later corrects the date to 17 October. "It's a good thing somebody knows what I'm doing anyway. Certainly isn't me."


  • Broadcast, #3. Recorded 2003-07-24. No known commercial release.


Starts playing 'If You Could' by Neulander, track two on the EP. (Wrong Track Moment)
JP: "Things have gone so swimmingly up till this point, too."
(JP: 'Now how much of a treat out of ten is that? There's an awful lot of people who made music as good as that who only made one or two singles and when you think that Mick Hucknall has made something like 24 LPs... I don't know why I pick on him. Well I do actually, because he was amazingly rude to me once and I carry a grudge, I'm not ashamed to admit it.')


  • a) John_Peel_20030819.mp3
  • b) John Peel (Broadcast Session) 24.07.03
  • a) 2:00:47
  • b) 00:04:03, 00:03:03, 00:02:53, 00:04:25
  • a) Thanks to B!
  • b) Session tracks with links - 320 kbps (zip file)
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