Posts Tagged ‘1994

01
Jul
09

Ravenscroft at the Weekend & Archive Peel

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• Archive Peel Recordings Online At The Beeb

Glastonbury isn’t the same without John, but then nothing is anymore is it? Anyway, some bright spark at the BBC – Thank You – has riffled the archives to replay several Peel shows from happier days.

Many thanks to Chris for initially drawing my attention to this and to Steve ‘saipanda’ for saving me having to track down the links. Is that the best link to use for you Steve, you are the wikimaster are you not?

No doubt everyone has already checked out the old JP Glastonbury stuff that is still being streamed by the BBC. If not, here’s the links (I think):

24 June 1994 (60 mins), part 1, Madder Rose (60 mins)
24 June 1994 (60 mins) part 2, Dreadzone part 2 (60 mins)
27 June 1995 (120 mins) Ash, Sleeper (120 mins)
29 June 2004 (Belle and Sebastian, PJ Harvey) (120 mins)

Think the 2004 show is available via torrent (in of the 17 set), but as far as I know the others are not generally circulated. If anyone could mp3 these, I for one would really appreciate it – some technical issues at this end.”

John at Glastonbury Festival Picture Gallery
• Don’t forget Paul Battley’s excellent Open Source cross-platform iPlayer Downloader!

If Steve or anyone else is still in need of mp3 links for the above, leave a comment and I shall see to it.

• Ravenscroft On BBC6 Music This Weekend

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Tom Ravenscroft is back on BBC6 Music this coming Friday and Saturday.

Friday 3 July 2009 19:00-21:00
“Tom Ravenscroft sits in for Tom Robinson with a session from Tinariwen.”

Saturday 4 July 2009 00:00-02:00
“Tom Ravenscroft sits in for Tom Robinson with more great internet discoveries.”

• The BBC Introducing with Tom Robinson will doubtless have full playlists in due course.

25
Sep
08

John’s First Big Weekend in Glasgow

The closest match I could find!

The closest match I could find!


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

1994-10-07a | 1994-10-07b | 1994-10-07c | 1994-10-07d

↓ John Peel 8th October 1994

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