I’ve fallen behind. Way, way behind. But presumably you, dear reader, are still on top of recent Peel shares by having followed the various threads at the Peel Newsgroup, from whence the following derive. So, as much for my own benefit as perhaps yours, archive recordings of ‘our John’, from ‘our Ken’.
I discovered these tapes unlabelled a few weeks ago while undertaking an enforced clear out of my university office (to facilitate space for window repairs), where I moved part of my tape archive in the mid-90s, for what reason now escapes me. I had forgotten I had taped complete the two consecutive shows Peel had done live in October 1994 from BBC Scotland’s old studios in Queen Margaret Drive as part of the Glasgow City Council backed `Ten Day Weekend” music festival. So this week’s downpod from me is six hours of Glasgow-focussed musical entertainment, the highlights being perhaps Nectarine No 9’s session and the squeaky BBC Scotland chair (Friday), and the football match reports from the Glasgow Herald’s David Belcher, and John Williamson (Saturday). The Saturday show is clearly the better and more eventful of the two, with more interviews and jokes, though both are great musically, with the Frank Black and Teenage Fanclub session getting a deserved repeat, and a spin of the H Foundation. There is also a brief mention of me.
Listening to these over the past few evenings for the first time since that weekend, the social whirl of those 3 days all came back to me. Peel, Hawkes and Alison arrived on Thursday afternoon and after a meal in Long Fung we all went down to see Uresei Yatsura at the original 13th Note basement café venue at the top of Glassford Street. We all teased Hawkes for declaring without irony that he “really liked the chick on bass”. On Friday afternoon, I introduced and interviewed Peel at a packed GFT chat show, at which several old pals of his showed up and an unknown woman presented him with a tray of pot plants. On Saturday we went for lunch in Gandolfi’s in Albion Street (Peel had the Finnan haddock, still, I was pleased to note on a recent visit, a staple of the menu), and then a crowd of us went to the BBC studio for the show, where, as Peel rightly credits, only the BBC Scotland engineer Andrew stayed calm amid the mad onslaught of special guests and features. Afterwards we trooped down to Mother India for a curry, then saw AC Acoustics and Shriek at Nice N Sleazy’s. I will never forget Hawkes’ and Alison’s blank faced astonishment at emerging up the stairs onto Sauchiehall Street at midnight and, confronted by the sea of humanity, noise, ambulances, taxis and activity all over the street, asking “what’s going on? Has there been some incident”, and me and Stewart from the BBC saying, no, just a normal Saturday night in Glasgow, it’s ok. John was somewhat less surprised, I think.
↓ John Peel 7th October 1994
↓ John Peel 8th October 1994
Many thanks Ken (“;)
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