I found a Japanese language article about Peel from the 80's. I was wondering what the article about Peel is generally about? I know you live in Japan and can speak the language. Here is the article below:
Headline is "Rock of Japan chosen by England's No. ! DJ". Below in blue says "Opening Suntory Sound Market on Jan 19". The green on the right side says "John Peel loved 12 Japanese indie rock." Will download it and see if I can decipher the contents a bit.
Thanks looking forward to it especially the 12 Japanese indie rock tracks and other interesting aspects such as opening a sound market. I do know he was in Japan during October November 1986, but never visited it again, although he always said he loved to go back.
The box on the top left is a list of artists and songs, with "major release" or "Captain Records" marked in some cases with a black star or another sign. Have indicated these below, with Discog links that seem right but may not be the actual records Peel had. Strangely, there are 11 songs listed, rather than the 12 suggested in green on the right. Maybe more will be explained in the article.
Actually, a better translation of the blue bit might be "Suntory Sound Market opens Jan 19" - so probably not the case that Peel was anything to do with the actual opening. Suntory is a big beer brand here, so it was probably some kind of event or facility that they were sponsors for.
DJ John Peel, who can be said to be the number-one person for the growth of British rock, chooses Japanese rock for a special broadcast programme. The songs he selected were nearly all indies, with many picks from the the Captain label of Takarajima.
Thanks look forward to it. I didn't realise this article seems interesting. I was expecting it to be only his biography, but it seems to go into something that we don't know about, in terms of broadcasting a programme to Japan and choosing Japanese records that he played for that occasion.
At last, “Takarajima” rides on Tokyo FM! This can’t be true, but it ended up being on a long-planned check of Japan rock by John Peel, Britain’s most popular DJ, on Jan 19 (Suntory Sound Market, 10 pm, all-Japan network). Peel arrived in Tokyo last October, setting aside a fear of flying to take the chance to come to Japan for work with the BBC. Anyway, it’s radio of course, and the show is in English only, with no Japanese. Because of this, the programme returns on the magazine page. So, for the first time in history, a DJ show appears in the magazine.
“Hope everyone in Japan is well. These are records bought on my first time in Tokyo, so I haven’t had time to listen to everything, but for the time being I think these are steadily the best,” he says. The first record is by Gastunk. He carries four cardboard boxes on a tray, after the first place he showed his face after arriving in Japan was a record shop. This is a DJ who has been No.1 for 18 years.
”Cheerful? Those guys were introduced to me by the American magazine “Maximum Rock N Roll”, but in England this is the sole source of information on Japan rock. Next, Junk Schizo, another artist I discovered here.”
Another information source is “Takarajima”, who last year sent him indie-related records. In fact, Sadi Sa…
My reading of it was that the Suntory Sound Market programme went out on Tokyo FM (19 Jan, 10pm), presumably recorded from when Peel was in the country in Oct, and Takarajima magazine then decided to feature it (in written form, translating Peel's English commentary) - particularly as their own record label (Captain) featured four times in his selectioins.
Interesting, so Peel recorded a show for Tokyo FM in 1986 and was broadcast around that time, when he was in the country, and Takarajima magazine decided to translate it couple months later in January 1987?
Wow, amazing. Many thanks for finding this! Afriad the scan is a bit more blurred than the previous one, so hope you don't mind if I don't translate the whole thing. Some points, though:
- Realized I made a mistake on the original headline, which is just "John Peel loved Japan indie rock" and doesn't mention the number 12. Sorry about misleading you there. My mistake!
- In the dark blue framing on the right, the full time of the show is also given (10pm-10.54pm), with other details we already have.
- The blue box in the bottom right corner with the New Order sleeve is quick intro to the Peel sessions.
- Rest of the article seems to follow previous comments from his Tokyo FM show on the various records he played. Ends with praise by the mag for his choices and asking whether they couldn't do with a DJ like him in Japan.
OK, will look to do that. Before that, not sure why you've reverted the revisions made to the show tracklisting, which corrected things I was wrong about in my initial translation (eg, name of last track).
I do sometimes notice an old version of a wiki page on an iPad, but when looking on the laptop a newer page is there, even though nobody changed it by the time I looked at the laptop. Perhaps it's something to do with the Fandom site, in terms of viewing different mediums, who knows. But at least everything is OK.
I wanted to add a song on Dino Dibala's page for the entry of 26 February 1990, because it's not on his page but it won't allow me. Even if I wanted to edit a word on the page, it won't allow me. I imagine it's for everyone, but I don't know who to appeal for it.
No problems. I just noticed that the Gang Of Four picture LP is slightly above the bold text of Gang Of Four in the picture I uploaded above after you aligned it. It shows on the front when viewing it. It's just me being pedantic probably..
Fandom Bot Has Removed The Funkees pic from the front page of the Peel Fandom site for some unknown reason and said it is a violation. I have no idea why it is a violation, because there was nothing obscene or offensive? When I clicked on the link, this is what I got below:
Sorry to be pedantic, but the top 2nd row doesn't seem to align with the other rows on my laptop. I don't know whether it can be adjusted or not, but I thought I let you know. Here what it looks like on my laptop below