In March 2015, Paralyzed received an unexpected recommendation from the classical music world. The concert pianist Paul Lewis told BBC Music magazine that "when life gets too much" he listens to the track, adding, "It's just the most chaotic, anarchic three minutes of noise - more a means of stress release than a musical experience. It's wonderful, though, and I'd highly recommend it".
Links To Peel
Paralyzed regularly turns up on lists of the worst records ever made (Kenny Everett's 'bottom 30', for example) and even made Peel's inaugural Festive Fifty, with JP averring it as proof of the chart's ability to be unpredictable. Although it started life at the top of the chart, by the time of broadcast it had slipped to number 15: as John maintained, "I was rather disappointed to see it sink down to that position, although it didn't sink very far. Glad that it got in there at all, really."
JP continued to play the Ledge's material infrequently over the years and particularly agreed with the title of one of his harangues, I Hate CDs.
Festive Fifty Entries
- 'Paralyzed' (1976 Festive Fifty, #15)
Other Shows Played
- 30 December 1976: 'Paralyzed (7")' (Mercury) (1976 Festive Fifty, #15)
- 28 August 1978: 'Paralyzed (7")' (Mercury)
- 14 December 1983: 'Paralyzed (7")' (Mercury)
- 07 January 1984 (BFBS): 'Paralyzed (7")' (Mercury)
- 01 May 1985: 'Fly Me To The Moon'
- 08 May 1985: Peppermint Piston Rings (Dreams) (LP - Rock It To Stardom) Big Beat
- 15 March 1988: My Underwear Froze To The Clothesline (7" - Standing In A Trashcan (Thinking Of You)) Spider
- 01 May 1992: I Hate CD's (7") Norton 45-012
- 03 May 1992 (BFBS): I Hate CD's (7") Norton 45-012