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John Peel's Sounds Of The Suburbs

Oxford's Samurai Seven formed in 1997 and made a splash at that year's Sound City festival. An appearance on Steve Lamacq's show live from the event led to a coveted John Peel session and a deal with local label Shifty Disco. Their 1998 power pop debut, 'Xeroxy Music', got some attention from the likes of the NME and Melody Maker, but a near-tragic incident when singer Simon Williams was hit in the eye by an airgun pellet meant that the band went on hiatus while he recovered. They eventually issued their belated debut album 'Le Sport' in 2002.

(Read more at BBC Keeping It Peel.)

Links To Peel

Samurai Seven provided the theme music of the Peel’s Sounds Of The Suburbs TV series in 1999, with a cover version of the classic Members song. The band also appeared, performing live at the Manor Club and interviewed at the old Oxford United ground, in the SOTS episode when the DJ visited their university city hometown.

Associated with the local Shifty Disco label, alongside Dustball and other session artists, Samurai Seven quickly emerged as Peel favorites with the release of debut single ‘Xeroxy Music’ (1998), which was later included on the JP tribute box set Kats Caravan.

Despite racking up five sessions for Peel between 1998 and 2002, including one devoted to cover versions, the band found it difficult to build on their early momentum, although the DJ did play tracks from their only album when it finally appeared. They split up in 2006.[1]

Festive Fifty Entries

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Sessions

The Samurai Seven - Abba Medley (peel session)

The Samurai Seven - Abba Medley (peel session)

Five sessions. No known commercial release.

1. Recorded 1998-09-13. First broadcast 24 November 1998. Repeated 27 May 1999.

  • Lois Lane / Amateur Photographer I've Lost That Loving Feeling / See You

2. Recorded 1999-11-28. First broadcast 26 January 2000.

  • Bonnet / If You Only Knew / I Am Yours / Take On Me

3. Recorded: 2000-01-09. First broadcast 29 February 2000 (cover versions only)

  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart / It's Different For Girls / I'm Telling You Now / Thank You For The Music/Mama Mia

4. Recorded: 2001-02-11. First broadcast 21 March 2001.

  • Population You / Nunnery / What Have I Said Now / And Your Bird Can Sing

5. Recorded 2002-03-17. First broadcast 02 May 2002.

  • Flaming Hell Blake / Lucky Pierre / Xeroxy Music / Wherewithal

Other Shows Played

1998
1999
  • 10 February 1999: The Sound Of The Suburbs (LP-John Peel's Sounds Of The Suburbs) Shifty Disco
  • 20 February 1999 (BFBS): The Sound Of The Suburbs (Compilation CD-John Peel's Sounds Of The Suburbs) Shifty Disco
  • 25 February 1999: Sound Of The Suburbs (v/a CD - John Peel's Sounds Of The Suburbs) Shifty Disco
  • 04 March 1999 (Radio Eins): The Sound Of The Suburbs (v/a album - John Peel's Sounds Of The Suburbs) Shifty Disco
  • 16 March 1999: Sound Of The Suburbs (v/a LP: John Peel's Sound Of The Suburbs) Shifty Disco
  • 16 March 1999: Xeroxy Music (v/a LP: It's A Shifty Disco Thing - Volume Two) Shifty Disco
  • 18 March 1999 (Radio Eins): The Sound Of The Suburbs (v/a album - John Peel's Sound Of The Suburbs) Shifty Disco
  • 17 November 1999: What Have I Said Now? (2x compilation 7"-Oxford) Plastic Cowboy
2000
2002
2003

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