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  • Six-part BBC series of one-hour shows presented by John Walters, who interviews Peel on his musical history since buying his first record at the age of 13 in 1952. The song featured on this 78, 'Blue Tango' by Ray Martin & His Orchestra, is used as the theme tune for the series.
  • First broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in 1987 on Saturday afternoons, with Thursday evening repeats. Repeated more recently by the BBC in shortened form, with much of the music edited down. (Peel Sessions gives first broadcast of final show as 1987-10-30, which was a Friday).

Music Fan

See also: Peeling Back The Years 1 (Transcript)

(First broadcast: 1987-09-26)

Early DJ Years

See also: Peeling Back The Years 2 (Transcript)

(First broadcast: 1987-10-03)


(First broadcast: 1987-10-10)

See also: Peeling Back The Years 3 (Transcript)

  • Captain Beefheart: Pachucho Cadaver (LP – Trout Mask Replica)
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex: Salamanda Palagnda (LP – Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels Of The Ages) Regal Zonophone
  • T-Rex: Get It On (single) Fly
  • Fairport Convention: A Sailor’s Life (LP – Unhalfbricking)
  • Soft Machine: Moon In June (session)
  • Third Ear Band: Mosiac (LP - Alchemy)
  • Andy Capp: Pop A Top (single) Treasure Isle
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers: Concrete Jungle (session)
  • Gap Band: Fontessa Fame (LP – Magician’s Holiday) Shelter
  • Nice: Intermezzo from “Karelia Suite” (LP – Ars Longa Vita Brevis)
  • Neu: Negativland (LP – Neu!)
  • New Riders Of The Purple Sage: Dim Lights And Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music) (LP – Powerglide)
  • Faces: Had Me A Real Good Time LP – Long Player)
  • Little Feat Rock ‘n’ Roll Doctor (LP – Feats Don’t Fail Me Now)


(First broadcast: 1987-10-17)

See also: Peeling Back The Years 4 (Transcript)

Life After Punk

(First broadcast: 1987-10-24)

See also: Peeling Back The Years 5 (Transcript).

  • Nightingales: Urban Ospreys
  • Joy Division: Twenty Four Hours (LP – Closer) Factory
  • Echo & The Bunnymen: Villiers Terrace (LP - Crocodiles) Korova
  • Cocteau Twins: Musette And Drums (LP – Head Over Heels) 4AD
  • Altered Images: Song Sung Blue (LP – Pinky Blue) Epic
  • Misty: Introduction (LP - Live At The Counter Eurovision 79) People Unite
  • Double Dee & Steinski: The Payoff Mix (12” single) Tommy Boy
  • Smiths: Reel Around The Fountain
  • Bogshed: Tried And Tested Public Speaker (single) Shelfish
  • Butthole Surfers: 22 Going On 23 (LP – Locust Abortion Technician) Blast First


(First broadcast: 1987-10-31)

See also, Peeling Back The Years 6 (Transcript))