Links to Peel
High Five came to the attention of Peel as part of the vibrant Liverpool music scene of the early 1980s, releasing debut single 'Cold Steel Gang' on the city's Probe Plus label, later home to Peel favourites Half Man Half Biscuit. The first of the band's three sessions was repeated as a best of year selection at the end of 1982.
Founder member Phil Hayes had continuing ties with Peel as the driving force behind Liverpool's celebrated Picket venue, which the Merseyside DJ was happy to support. During one visit to Peel Acres, Hayes was apparently asked by Peel to autograph his copy of the only High Five LP.
After Peel’s death, Hayes and Peter Hooton of The Farm were responsible for organising the John Peel World Cup, an annual tribute five-a-side charity football tournament held from 2008 as part of Liverpool Sound City.
Festive Fifty Entries
Three sessions. No known commercial release.
- If They Come In The Morning / The Curse Of Revolt / Turning / No Guarantee
2. Recorded 1983-05-23. First broadcast 06 June 1983.
- Cold Steel Gang / On The Banks / Hand On My Heart / Big Village
3. Recorded 1984-03-03. First broadcast 12 March 1984.
- 100 Tons / Walk Them Back / Working For The Man / Hard Line
Other Shows Played
- 20 May 1986: For All To See (LP - Down In The No-Go) No-Go
- 23 July 1986: The Curse (LP - Down In The No-Go) No-Go
- 15 January 1994: For All To See (LP - Down In The No-Go) No Go
- 17 May 2001 (Radio Eins): Working For The Man
- Phil Hayes interview (2005)
- On Music's Front Line: 25 Years of The Picket, Liverpool (2011) (via YouTube) - includes clip of Peel opening the refurbished Picket in 1997