Today would have been John Peel's 76th birthday, so I thought I'd pop back out from the woodwork from whence I originally came to enlighten the masses with another eclectic smorgasboard of sonic wonderment that is Peelfest #5.
Since I announced my "retirement" last October, whereupon a nation mourned and wept uncontrollably, sparking off severe flood warnings far and wide across the land, I seem to have spent most of my leisure time clearing out my email inbox notifying of ever-increasing downloads from this blog. I've even acquired 7 or 8 new members in my absence. Hmmmm.... maybe I should just keep quiet.
There was a time in the not so distant past when comebacks were frowned upon and were normally the reserve for burned out heavy metal bands who were forced into earning a living again due to unexpected tax bills or having their homes repossessed due to monies squandered on excessive drug usage.
But after many sleepless nights pacing the floorboards and writhing feverishly in contemplation and indecision on sweat soaked sheets, my decision was swayed when one night a bearded apparition swathed in golden light appeared at the foot of my bed.
"Young fawn!", the spirit asserted. "I hearby command you to post the Mandrake Paddle Steamer session. I realise it received a limited vinyl released a few years back, but here in the afterlife there are no turntables. I've not heard the session snce the first night of broadcast and will not rest until I have done so. Failure to comply and I will quite happily - and, for that matter, mercilessly - unleash the ghosts of my dead dogs upon ye!"
"Y-y-y-yes, Your Greatness", I stammered as the incandescent figure dematerialised into the windswept, crepuscular night.
So here he have a whopping ten sessions, two from each decade of Uncle John's broadcasting career, that are 100% guaranteed to eat up precious disk space on your hard drive. And if that wasn't more than enough, at the bottom of the post you will find ten links to upgraded sessions - including, at long last, a pristine-ish upgrade of Bogshed's fourth session from 1987 and Big Flames debut from 1984. For zydeco fans, the John Delafose 1992 session for Andy Kershaw is now complete with all six tracks.
That should keep you all amused for now. Back in October.
Cooger and Dark
Ivory Castle Of Solitaire Husk
Time Of No Reply
Some Of That Stuff
Hurry On Sundown
Seeing It As You Really Are
Pearly Winged Fly
Go and Sit Upon The Grass
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 11
Nigerians In A Tunnel
I Spent Ten Years
Sleepy Old Snake
Little Black Buzzer
A Wooden Tree
Mr. Cutler's sixth session for Mr. Peel. Complete set taken from a medium wave transmission in December 1975.
Long Tall Texan
Little known band I know little about. Mining similar territory to Terry & Gerry and Lash Lariat & The Long Riders, they appear to have released just one single in 1984 and an album, Skiff Skat Stuff, in 1985. This was their debut session for Peel, recording a follow up In February 1985 which you will find at the indefatigable Fruitier Than Thou youtube channel.
Writing On The Wall
Let's Work Together
My Foolish Heart
Tracks 1-5: Peel #1 6/7/86
Tracks 6-9: Peel #2 21/12/86
This month marks the 20th anniversary of Biggie Tembo's tragic demise, so it seems appropriate to post the Bhundus two Peel sessions, recorded just five months apart, by way of tribute.
A couple of ropey versions of the debut session (tracks 1-5) have been circulating on youtube for eons, so here's a pristine-ish version largely taken from a re-airing when Vic Galloway sat in for Marc Riley only last month.
Remmy Ongala recorded at least three sessions for Andy Kershaw, which were compiled on a cd on the short-lived Strange Roots label in 1994, but this was his only session for Uncle John. If Kamata Lupembe doesn't have you dancing in your own inimitable interpretation of dancing, then quite clearly you are not in possession of legs.
3rd Stone From The Sun
Calling Up Spirits
Kiss Of Fire
Tracks 1-6: Peel TX 8/4/95
Tracks 7-10 Kershaw TX 7/5/95
The King of the surf guitar was undergoing a bit of a renaissance thanks to the inclusion of Miserlou as the main theme to Pulp Fiction by the time he made his first trip to the BBC Maida Vale studios. The first of five sessions Dale recorded for Peel, this was recorded in tandem with Andy Kershaw's show. The Peel tracks (1-6) are complete and got their debut airing 8th April 1995. The remaining tracks were broadcast on the Kershaw programme the following month.
The Lady and The Travelling Man
Out On The Side
How I Long To
Dim Brains Dot Com