Links To Peel
Peel heard the band through TJM records and on one show from 12 June 1979, he played three tracks from their single Voice In The Dark. However after the band split, Mick Hucknall formed Simply Red, who later became successful with hits like Holding Back The Years, If You Don't Know Me By Now and Fairground, which became the band's most successful single, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1995. Peel despised Mick Hucknall after buying him a beer once which a week later Hucknall criticised him in the Melody Maker, which Peel mentioned on his 17 November 1990 (BFBS) show. Since then, Peel made disparaging comments about Hucknall and his band:
"Listen, if I was running the place and somebody offered me a tape by Simply Red, I'd make sure that a term of imprisonment resulted." .
"The response to the earlier programmes of these has been fantastic, as you can imagine. Well, to be honest with you, there's been no response at all, although somebody did say to me, "There were too many unfamiliar names in those programmes, you know." There's not a lot of point in me playing you, say, "Here's another track from Simply Red." You deserve better than that: everybody deserves better than that." 
The only time their music intruded on his shows was on 30 October 1993, when he played 20 seconds or so of Simply Red's Thrill Me before interrupting it with the comment, ‘Do me a favour!’ and proceeded with a Fall song.
However, Hucknall put some of his vast earnings from Simply Red into the reggae reissue label Blood & Fire, and Peel played releases on this label (often of music he had been one of the few DJs to champion originally) on occasions, for example a Tapper Zukie reissue on 06 October 1995.
The session track 'Hunchback Of Notre Dame' is available on Various – Manchester, So Much To Answer For (The Peel Sessions)(CD, 1990, Strange Fruit)
- Ding Dong / Searching For The Only One / Hunchback Of Notre Dame / I Am The Man / Production Prevention
- And I Don't Care (Nobody Stays Here) / After Hanging Around / What To Do? / I'm Not To See Her / Ice Cream And Wafers
Other Shows Played
- 12 June 1979: Voice In The Dark / Every Day I Die / Passion
- 26 June 1979: Voice In The Dark (7") TJM
- 13 August 1979: Voice In The Dark (single) TJM
- 01 September 1981: Hunchback Of Notre Dame (7" - Searching For The Only One) Crackin' Up CRAK 1
- 02 September 1981: Searching For The Only One (7") Crackin' Up CRAK 1
- 14 September 1981: Searching For The Only One (7") Crackin' Up
- 17 December 1981: Searching For The Only One (7") Crackin' Up CRAK 1
- 03 June 1985: Searching For The Only One (7") Crackin' Up
- 04 March 1986: Searching For The Only One (7") Crackin' Up
- 17 November 1990 (BFBS) (Peel 164 (BFBS)): 'Hunchback Of Notre Dame (2x Compilation LP-Manchester, So Much To Answer For)' (Strange Fruit)
- Punk Fiction: Hunchback Of Notre Dame