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John Peel Files (1980,1992,1999)

*** UPDATED 21st may 2008 ***

Some recent shares from top man Andrew at the Peel Newsgroup. Thank you very much indeed Sir.

PiL & UB40 January 2nd 1980 2hrs
“This is taken from a 16 year old copy tape of a 12 year old original tape, so be warned – it’s a bit ‘hissy’. Having said that, I’m not fussy meself and would be happy to hear something of this quality if I hadn’t heard it before.”
January 2nd 1980 part one (rapidshare) * new link *
January 2nd 1980 part two
Many thanks to Ashley Pomeroy for spuring me into action by re-uploading the above. Did you up part 2 Ashley or shall I do it?

Pavement and Sultans of Ping FC 10th July 1992 3hrs
10th July 1992 part one (rapidshare) * new link *
10th July 1992 part two (rapidshare) * new link *

Festive Fifty 1999
…These ones are on a drive somewhere! :\

“Anybody got any 84,85 or 86 shows tucked away in the back of the cupboard?”


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (2008)

Music should be primal and intuitive. So no convoluted reviews discussing age/catalogue, and all the other self-congratulatory bollocks so beloved of hack reviewers. Just listen to this taster track from the new album. Then buy it. It’s great!

| We Call Upon The Author mp3 8.32 MB (8728068 bytes)
From Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (2008)

And make sure you buy from an Independent record retailer. The corporations will only squander it ;-p

| Nick Cave Website
| Nick Cave @ Wikipedia


The Sonics in 2008 (Radio Session)

On BBC Radio 2 this Friday at midnight this seminal group play live in session. Is this news to you? It is to me. I had no idea they were a going concern once more.

According to Wikipedia, “In 2007, The Sonics reunited again, this time for the Cavestomp garage rock festival in Brooklyn (November 2-4, 2007). The line up featured original members Gerry Roslie on vocals/keyboards, Larry Parypa on guitar and Rob Lind on tenor sax; with Ricky Lynn Johnson (of The Wailers) on drums and Don Wilhelm (of The Daily Flash) on bass and vocals.”

I really can’t imagine what they might sound like now. I think it’s nigh on impossible to equal the energy of said debut LP but I do hope they retain something of that pre-punk attitude.

You’ll find a track of theirs from the last year’s John Peel Faith Healer MiX. If you like that, and who in their right mind wouldn’t, you need to buy the album because every track is a blinder. Really. And make sure you buy from an Independent record retailer. The corporations will only squander it ;-p

| John Peel Faith Healer MiX (info & track listing)
| John Peel Faith Healer MiX (direct download)
| John Peel Faith Healer MiX (torrent)
| The Sonics @ Wikipedia
| The Sonics @MySpace
| The Sonics Fan Site

“The Sonics recorded very, very cheaply on a two track you know, and they just used one microphone over the drums, and they got the most amazing drum sound I’ve ever heard. Still to this day, it’s still my favorite drum sound. It sounds like he’s hitting harder than anyone I’ve ever known.” – Kurt Cobain

extra album tasters…
| Psycho by The Sonics (1965) wma 2.09 MB (2198923 bytes)
| Have Love Will Travel by The Sonics (1965) wma 2.43 MB (2557513 bytes)

“If our records sound distorted, it’s because they are. My Brother (Larry, guitar) was always fooling around with the amps. They were always overdriven. Or he was disconnecting the speakers and poking a hole in them with an ice pick. That’s how we ended up sounding like a train wreck” – Andy Parypa (1984)

Other Radio Highlights
While on the subject of Radio. The Reggae Show is back for another run on Radio 2 and Radiohead are on the Mark Radcliffe show, (unfortunately still with that insufferable maconie twat in tow), on Tuesday 1st April.


(Audio) Waving, Not Drowning

I didn’t intend this to be a proper posting but such is the conversational style of my writing it’s already become too long to be contained in a single paragraph.

Apologies once again for the lack of activity here but I am devoting energy, what there is of it, to concentrate on recording my own work. I’ve invested a fair few quid over the years on my humble little studio and I need to prove, at least to myself, this has been worthwhile. Writing is the easy part. Recording I find a chore so I need to completely immerse myself in order to get anything done. I also feel the need to step away from this site for a while to get some perspective. Whatever the hell that means. I shall still post but for the time being they shall be even less regular than usual – if such a thing is possible!

I don’t want you to think I’ve been completely idle. Here are two possible ways the site might go:
| Version 1 : lo-fi
| Version 2 : hi-fi

Peel Bites
John Peel Wiki
Be part of the community and contribute your vast knowledge. The wiki about John Peel that anyone can edit.

John Peel Torrents
The torrent feed is back online and working again. Apologies for the downtime.

Emails Quickies
Iain, re. Peel audio restoration: Many thanks. I shall forward my address to you. Andrew, Re. Joe Strummer/Pulp, it was at the Wedgewood Rooms not the Pyramids, with Elastica supporting and the much missed Joe Strummer at the after show do. I do have some on and off stage pics from this and a Wedding Present gig, from my time as music journo, that I really must get around to scan and Flickr one of these days. But that’s incidental and like most things will happen in the ‘fullness of time’. In the meantime on the subject of rock photography, have a look at these very talented clickers.

James Cadden:
| Flickr
| MySpace

Valerio Berdini:

There are, as usual, quite a number of other emails I need to follow up besides those. I apologise.

My favourite records of the moment, should you be interested in such a notion, are The Weather Clock by July Skies, Dandelion Gum by Black Moth Super Rainbow. Links to audio further down…

And finally please don’t forget to Pledge Your Support for Andy Kershaw. He’s obviously been thrown off balance at the moment and nobody wishes this sort of thing for themselves or those around them. None of us can be absolutely sure how we might act under moments of great stress. We can all talk righteously when it’s not us that’s affected. Many thanks to those who have already left words of support here. I hope that he soon finds the strength to regain control of his life for the benefit of all concerned.

| July Skies music @MySpace
| Black Moth Super Rainbow mp3s

Be seeing you…


Pledge Your Support for Andy Kershaw

Andy Kershaw
Following today’s news I just wanted to say that I hope Andy bounces back and doesn’t allow anyone to use this against him in the petty way that some people seem to enjoy.

I personally want to hear Andy Kershaw back on BBC Radio 3 doing what he does best.

Please add your comments of support to let the boy Kershaw know that we miss him and want him back.

And if the Beeb gets sniffy about bringing him back then it’s petition and campaign time (based on the assumption he does wish to return to Radio 3 as was of course.)

Leave your words of support for Andy below. Word on the Internet gets around you know. Here’s hoping it reaches you Andy :)

Andy Kershaw

Andy Kershaw: Champion of ‘World Music’

| BBC News
| Guardian
| Andy Kershaw’s BBC Site
| Andy Kershaw’s tribute to John Peel (mp3) (115mins/59MB)
– Credit to Steve at Bowblog, and thanks to The Peel Tapes
now I go rest me poor little eyes

— post update: 2009/04/28 ——————————————————————————
Thank you to Marseille for this…

It’s still possible to hear a selection of Andy’s programmes over at the BBC Radio 3 website.

Here’s one I converted to mp3 today for your iPodding pleasure.

On-Location Audio Features: Andy Kershaw in Marseille.

Always a fan of the cultural mix to be found in port towns, Andy went to the biggest port in Europe – Marseille, allegedly the most racially harmonious of all of France’s cities, and home to musicians from around the globe. From medieval Occitan polyphony and reggae, to Maghreb rap and a piano-playing godfather of Algerian Rai, taking in Pacific Creole and Congolese rumba à la sauce provencale, Andy uncovers a powerful sense of a personal and musical identity which is unique to Marseille.

Part 1 (Listen via RealAudio stream)
Part 1 (Download converted MP3)
Part 2 (Listen via RealAudio stream)
Part 2 (Download converted MP3)

Andy Kershaw in Marseille
Kershaw Radio 3 Programme Archive


AWOL & Reposts

A.K.A. Here We Go Again

This is one of those, “Oh bloody hell what’s his problem now” moments. As such you have my full blessing to scoff, spit, laugh or generally ignore the following. Laughing would be my choice.

I’ve got problems with my eyes, the upshot of which is that I’m limited to using the computer, or more specifically staring at the screen. (edit: I started this at 11:51 and it’s now 15:44). This means I can’t really manage the site until I get this sorted. So please accept my apologies while I deal with this. Having Anxiety and being Agoraphobic mitigates a quick resolution to anything these days, so I can’t be sure how long this will take.

Having a conversational approach to writing doesn’t help either. This is already far bloody longer than it ought to be. Anyway I’m ok really, just putting you all in the picture so you know what’s gong on.

Thanks very much indeed to Steve for these reposts:
FF 1998 50-34

FF 1998 33-17

FF 1998 16-1

Thanks Ian for restoration – be in touch shortly.
Other emails I will reply to asap. Promise.

Finally, And Most Importantly:
If you care about your rights, freedom, democracy and all that malarky, UK residents in particular, then please take a minute to read this. It is important.

“Freedom does not die in one blow, it dies by inches in public legislation.”
– Lord Strathclyde 2006

I’ll post an update when appropriate.



20041004 Robert Smith Guest Presenter

*Happy New Fuckin’ Year? Were You Born Yesterday?
I’m a contrary bugger and whimsical with it. Instead of continuing to post the reposts I’ve uploaded this Robert Smith show instead. I haven’t abandoned the others. They will get posted. And if you’re wondering where the reply to your email is, I’m sorry. I’m bad. I haven’t dealt with any of them. I have no defence :(

If you like this site don’t forget to click on the ads or donate something! Heh, only kidding. There be no corporate-cock-sucking greedy bastards round these parts. I don’t think any of the Peel sites do that sort of thing do they? My HOSTS file and UserJS Scripts filter out about 90+% of all online ads so it can be difficult to tell unless there is an obvious gap in the layout where an ad should be, or by viewing the source. Why am I mentioning this? No idea. Just riffing I think.

No, I remember now. I saw a site recently that was hosted by blogger (zero cost) and linked to files on various free hosts but stated, “Please help me keep this great blog going by clicking on any of the google ads. This is the only way I can make enough money to keep this blog up”. Translated this reads, “Give me money to buy records with.” What a cunt? Mind you, the phrase, “A fool and his money are soon departed” comes to mind here. After all, the reason Spam Email exists and continues to proliferate is due to the kind of twat that couldn’t smell a rat in a sewer full of rats. So maybe this chap is just fishing for fools? Not so dumb after all.

OK, here’s what you actually came for then: Robert Smith

Technical Gubbins:
Size: 170.44 MB (12% of original, 8 to 1 compression)
Original Size: 1.33 GB
Length: 2 hours 4 minutes
Channels: 2 (stereo)
Sample Rate: 48 KHz;
Sample Size: 16 bit
Bit Rate: 192 kbps
Encoder: QDesign (Guess)
Encoder Settings: Constant Bit Rate 192 kbps
Audio Quality: Medium (Lossy)
Channel Mapping: Left, Right
File: 20041021RobertSmithGuestPresenter

All direct links this time. Too tired for anything else today.

“What the bloody hell’s an sfv file?”
“A checksum is a form of redundancy check, a simple way to protect the integrity of data by detecting errors in data that are sent through space (telecommunications) or time (storage). It works by adding up the basic components of a message, typically the asserted bits, and storing the resulting value. Anyone can later perform the same operation on the data, compare the result to the authentic checksum, and (assuming that the sums match) conclude that the message was probably not corrupted.”

More about cheksums:

* Or to quote one of the more succinct lines from Alan Bennett’s excellent The History Boys, when asked to how he would define the History, Rudge replied, “How do I define history? Well, it’s just one fucking thing after another.”

I suppose what I’m trying to say here, in my usual roundabout way, is HAPPY NEW YEAR AND DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN.

Ah, don’t you wish you were me? It’s a laugh a minute round here I can tell you. No actually it is. You don’t think I take any of this seriously do you? Or do I? Or do you?



Saturday 29th December 08:37 09:32 10:11

Thanks to Peel Newsgroup user bbrbr57 we now have torrents for the ’84 and ’97 files (see links below), so I shall come back to those last. 1985 Festive Fifty 10 to 01 is up too. My mind is likely to be elsewhere today (“So what’s new?” – Imaginary Ed.) so if anyone wants to jump on the 1998 set please go ahead.

We’re getting there! :)

Curiously it’s only Andrew’s files that have died so presumably there is some technical problem that’s only affecting him.

These won’t be done in a hurry because I’m not feeling 100% at the present time so don’t hold your breath, but check back from time to time for updates. We’ll get there in the end (“;)

Feel free to repost yourselves readers. I’m not the only one with these and it’s going to take me a while. I’m starting from the top working down so why don’t you start from the bottom and work your way up? We’ll meet in the middle and have beer. Leave links in the comments so I can credit you and add to the list :)

I shall probably split everything into smaller files to get things up quicker so it may appear as if there are more files than necessary. Don’t panic, you’re in the hands of a professionl idiot.

Proposed Reposts List:

1984 Festive Fifty 50 to 41

1984 Festive Fifty 40 to 31

1984 Festive Fifty 30 to 21
| <!––>in progress…<!––>
1984 Festive Fifty 20 to 11
| <!––>in progress…<!––>
1984 Festive Fifty 10 to 01
| <!––>in progress…<!––>

1984 Festive Fifty 50 to 01 [TORRENT]
| FF84.torrent
Thanks to bbrbr57

1985 Festive Fifty 10 to 01
| (1 of 2)
| (2 of 2)

1998 Festive Fifty 50 to 34
| <!––>in progress…<!––>
| <!––>in progress…<!––>
1998 Festive Fifty 33 to 17
| <!––>in progress…<!––>
| <!––>in progress…<!––>
1998 Festive Fifty 16 to 1
| <!––>in progress…<!––>
| <!––>in progress…<!––>

1997 Festive Fifty 31 to 01 including live Pavement set
| <!––>in progress…<!––>
| <!––>in progress…<!––>
| <!––>in progress…<!––>
| <!––>in progress…<!––>

1997 Festive Fifty 31 to 01 including live Pavement set [TORRENT]
| FF97.torrent
Thanks to bbrbr57


1984 Festive Fifty with John Peel

Don’t you just love those lists and long reviews of the year? Nope me neither. So give thanks to Andrew and his uploading trigger-finger. Ok so these recordings are from ‘yesteryear’ but if you’re going to start splitting hairs I’m not coming out to play anymore.

18/12/84 Festive 50 to 41. 45 mins
19/12/84 Festive 40 to 31. 47 mins


25/12/84 Festive 30 to 21. 46 mins
26/12/84 Festive 20 to 11. 47 mins


01/01/85 Festive 10 to 1. 50½ mins “(spot the joins)”

“All tapes before today have been TDK. pt1&2 today were Memorex. pt3 BASF. make your own minds up. This site might be interesting to look at 1970s cassette tapes

Hope you all have a very festive christmas

Thanks Andrew. I know I said they’d be no more posts over christmas but I had to pass these on. Let me add to the mix while we’re on about cassettes.



This will probably be the last post here for the Christmas holiday period. One of the reasons is to jump on the backlog of emails that require proper and considered replies. Also this ‘new site’ that I’ve hinted at once or twice isn’t that far off. One of the biggest plus points is Browser compatibility.

Most visitors to this site use a combination of Mac OSX, Windows XP/Vista or Linux with recent builds of Mozilla, Firefox, Opera, Safari or IE. Everything should look fine and dandy for those people. You’re only going to suffer if your stuck with a PC using IE4 with a resolution of 800×600 but frankly you must be used to that!

Now on to the latest downloads…

From The John Peel Tapes:
1988 Festive 50 – #50 – 31 90 mins, 64 mb RAR file.
1988 Festive 50 – #30 – 11 78 mins, 53 mb RAR file.
1988 Festive 50 – #10 – 1 44 mins, 30 mb
Contributed by Stu.

Quite unintentionally I sometimes neglect one site or another. Unfortunately for Mr. Horne I think it might well be his that suffers most. I put this down to a lack of an RSS feed but mainly to my own incompetence of course. Having said that The Peel Tapes A.K.A. right place, right time, wrong speed is always top of the search results as well it should be. Though it does deserve more space than I give it here. Don’t miss out on The Peel Tapes Rewound, where you’ll find many more goodies.

| The Peel Tapes
| The Peel Tapes Rewound

From: The Peel Newsgroup
“22/12/98 Festive 50 to 34. 121 mins.”

“23/12/98 Festive 33 to 17. 122 mins”

“29/12/98 Festive 16 to 1. 122 mins”

“22/12/87 (Datblygu, Heresy, Mekons, Robert Lloyd, Paul Johnson, Wedding Present #3) F50 50-41
120mins. Apologies for the occasional MW retuning…

| FF87A.rar
| FF87B.rar

Contributed by Andrew at the Peel Newsgroup

“Sessions: The Fall, Misty in Roots and a 1979 repeat from Elton John!”
| festive_50_1985_part_5__tape_17a_.MP3
| festive_50_1985_part_6__tape17b_.MP3

Contributed by Kevin at the Peel Newsgroup
Apologies to Kevin for previously attributing this incorrectly.

Health, happiness and Humbug to you all :-)

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