The greatest and most important radio DJ that ever lived, went to the great after party in the sky on 25th October 2004. For our Peppermint Iguana Radio show on 25th October 2016, we opted to doff our sonic hats to the great man, to mark the 12th anniversary of his passing.
We could fill several dozen shows paying tribute to the man, and still only have scratched the surface of his importance. But with only two hours to fill, we opted to pick some of our favourite ‘Peel Sessions’, alongside tunes that we caught on his show for the first time that left a lasting impression on us. We also snuck in some brand new releases and demos – which we think John would have approved of. This gives us plenty of options if we end up doing a show for his birthday!
To listen again, clickety click on the cloudcast below
1. Dot dash: BY FAT BOY SLIM
2. No fun: BY THE ORB – Peel session from 12/05/92 peel session
3. Pickin the blues: BY GRINDERSWITCH – When Peel’s previous vehicle Top Gear came to an end in September 1975, rather than have a specially recorded theme (as the Nice had done for the aforementioned show), John merely chose something from what one assumes was his own collection. ‘Pickin’ The Blues’ subsequently topped and tailed almost every show from 29 September 1975 and can still be heard introducing the 29 February 1992 show. However, it was eventually dropped, to be replaced by Corporation-manufactured items.
4. Pusherman: BY GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN
5. New England: BILLY BRAGG – Peel Session from 27/07/83
6. Folk the police: BY THE PEATBOG FAIRIES
7. Coronation street dub: BY IZZY ROYAL
8. TV Stars: BY THE SKIDS – Peel Session from 16/05/78
9. Another girl another planet: BY THE ONLY ONES – Peel Session from 05/04/78
10. Change: BY KILLING JOKE Peel Session from 05/03/80
11. Jolene: BY DOLLY PARTON – in the days before cd peel often accidentally played vinyl songs at wrong speed. This is intentionally payed at wrong sped and is arguable better than it is at the correct speed.
12. Can’t take the heartbreak: BY NOVA CODA
13. Bankrobber: BY ANHREFEN AND ONE STYLE MDV
14. Political thing: BY ZION TRAIN
15. Brand new life: BY YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS Peel session from 18/08/16
16. I saw batman in the launderette: BY THE SHAPES
17. Dub on leaf street: BY THE CO-OPPERATORS
18. City of lights: BY VIVA ZAPATA
19. Velociraprute: BY CYBERNETIC WITCH CULT
20. In a flat field: BY BAUHAUS Peel Session from 03/01/80
21. Halloween: BY SKINNER AND TWITCHETT
22. Devil at your door: BY THE BASTARD JOE KELLY
23. Johnny remember me: BY JOHN COOPER CLARKE AND HUGH CORNWALL
24. Anti-pope: BY KING Peel Session from 11/07/78 (rare recording of Captain Sensible project between the Damned first splitting up and reforming back in 1978)
25. Charlie Jones: BY JOHNNY CAGE AND THE VOODOO GROOVE
26. Woolf man howl: BY THE VIBRATORS
27. Teenage kicks: BY NOUVELLE VAGUE
28. Rain: BY LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO
First broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 25/10/16
Show sponsored by UNISON Cwm Taf Local Government Area Branch