21 Oct 2009

"I never give you my pillow
I only send you my invitations
And in the middle of the celebrations
I break down"
John Peel
30 August 1939 - 25 October 2004

Well it's that time of year again where we all remember the late great John Peel and how British broadcasting is all the poorer for this loss. Can it really be five years since the evening I was stopped dead in my tracks on the stairs when I heard the terrible news of his untimely passing coming from my landlord's TV? I recently listened to some old radio shows of his that I still have on my iPod it can often bring a smile to my face when I hear the three occasions where he mentioned me or my friend Raymone from the South of France or Yara from Mexico or with some Peelesque witticism . Quite often back in the days of dial up interweb we'd all be sat there in our respective homes either side of the Atlantic ocean listening to him play fuck knows what. The Atlantic was our reeeeaaallllly big coffee table as we sat there IM-ing each other with what we thought about the tracks the thing is with his playlists was that if you absolutely hated the three minute thirty of some Germans banging metal tubes and/or screaming then just wait because the next one would be better. It was through him that I discovered a lot of bands and rediscovered others. Peel sessions excluded I think it would be impossible to calculate the amount of groups or artists that he'd given me since 1978 when I first discovered that the radio carried on past the time my parents insisted I went to bed and the delight headphones can bring you. The two main artists that I remember most though would have been Madness' Peel session in Aug 1979 I can't remember what it was exactly what caught my ear about it because so much more music has happened to me since. But I suppose it was a bit different from the normal punk and post punk around at the time. It was certainly different enough for me to notice in my formative years. The other was when the late John Walters, John Peel's then producer, came bounding into the studio late for the start of the show explaining the fact that he'd just seen live this wonderful artist called Billy Bragg, whom (if I recall it correctly) he then played. I also remember the Smiths but I think I missed the first session and heard David Kid Jensen play them first one evening as we travelled to get a Chinese meal from the next town over and then caught one of the many times they repeated the session. PJ Harvey is another artist he introduced me to. There have been many more artists that I liked but the ravages of time have taken their toll on my memory and I no longer remember where I heard them first. . But suffice to say that my iPod is a testament to the fact that if John Peel taught me anything it was to listen to diverse music and try to hear new stuff as often as possible and above all share it all.

Speaking of which here's the music. All are Peel related, either groups he championed or introduced live. Obviously I can't upload every group he championed otherwise I'd be writing this for another couple of hours or so at least so make do with what you get here, download them all and play them loud and remember a great DJ.

Billy Bragg - Back to Basics
The Buzzcocks - Spiral Scratch EP
David Bowie - In Concert 1973 John Peel
Half Man Half Biscuit - Peel Session 1999
Humble Pie - BBC Sessions
Various Artists - The Pig's Big '78's
Various Artists - John Peel A Tribute
Joy Division - Peel Sessions 1979
Various Artists - Festive Fifty 1989
Madness - Peel Session 1979
Various Artists - Right Time Wrong Speed
The Wedding Present - Peel Sessions (1992 - 1995)
TheFaces - Live Paris Theatre 1973
The Fall - Grotesque (After Gramme)

That's all for now.

9 comments:

Mike said...

Various Artists - Right Time Wrong Speed
http://rapidshare.com/files/296263617/VA_JP-RTWS1977-1987.part3.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/296252965/VA_JP-RTWS1977-1987.part2.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/296243006/VA_JP-RTWS1977-1987.part1.rar.html
The Wedding Present - Peel Sessions (1992 - 1995)
http://rapidshare.com/files/296238942/TWP-JPS1992-1995.rar.html
TheFaces - Live Paris Theatre 1973
http://rapidshare.com/files/296232879/TF-PT1973.part2.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/296223219/TF-PT1973.part1.rar.html
The Fall - Grotesque (After Gramme)
http://rapidshare.com/files/296215810/TF-G_AG_.rar.html
Various Artists - Festive Fifty 1989
http://rapidshare.com/files/296209028/JPFF1989.part4.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/296200159/JPFF1989.part3.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/296190689/JPFF1989.part2.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/296181527/JPFF1989.part1.rar.html
Various Artists - John Peel A Tribute
http://rapidshare.com/files/296174360/JP-AT.part2.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/296164016/JP-AT.part1.rar.html
Various Artists - The Pig's Big '78's
http://rapidshare.com/files/296158946/JP_S-TPig_sB78_s__ABG_.part2.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/296147980/JP_S-TPig_sB78_s__ABG_.part1.rar.html
Joy Division - Peel Sessions 1979
http://rapidshare.com/files/296145908/JD-_EP__TPS_1979_.rar.html
Humble Pie - BBC Sessions
http://rapidshare.com/files/296136727/HP-_BS.rar.html
Half Man Half Biscuit - Peel Session 1999
http://rapidshare.com/files/296135109/HMHB-PS9-9-1999.rar.html
David Bowie - In Concert 1973 John Peel
http://rapidshare.com/files/296131165/DB_-1971.06.03-ICJP.rar.html
Billy Bragg - Back to Basics
http://rapidshare.com/files/296129851/BB_-_B2B.part2.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/296116402/BB_-_B2B.part1.rar.html
The Buzzcocks - Spiral Scratch EP
http://rapidshare.com/files/296114297/B_-__SS_EP_.rar.html
Madness - Peel Session 1979
http://rapidshare.com/files/296213596/Madness-TJPS1979.rar.html

Alf said...

Thanks Mike for spreading all these fantastic records and other musical highlights to your readers. A pity, though, the second cd on the JP Tribute set won't play as Happy Birthday is corrupted. Do you think it's possible to fix that.

Yours,
Alf

Alf said...

Thanks Mike for sharing all the fantastic music with us.
I tried to download the JP Tribute, but Happy Birthday was corrupted so I Could only listen to the first cd + Teenage Kicks (which was the first song on the second cd).
Do you think it's possible to fix that?

Yours,
Alf

Mike said...

Certainly I will

Mike said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/296978531/JP-AT2ndGo.part2.rar.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/296964507/JP-AT2ndGo.part1.rar.html

How's that?

Jay said...

Mike thanks so much. Like you, I have a love of Madness from back then and listened regularly to John Peel (RIP) too.

I am extemely embarrassed to say that I never realized they did a Peel Session and am eagerly awaiting the download now.

BTW, thanks for a great site chock full of great stuff.

Jay

Alf said...

Thanks for reuploading!
Now the links works.
Alf

Spikes Rotten said...

Thanks for the top John Peel related uploads. It's only since the great man died that I've realized how fucking great The Fall were/are , how right he was. Also loving your musings on life in general , good stuff .

Cheers

Javier Gonzalez Burgos said...

I was very happy to find the madness session here, thanks for share