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John Peel Interview – New Download

Library photo of John in a studio – but not New Zealand

***UPDATED 30th November WITH NEW WEB LINK***

It is with thanks to John B. we have a ‘New’, and dare I say it, ‘Exclusive’, John Peel interview? The fact is most of us won’t have heard this before so it’s a real treat.

Recorded in Auckland for Student Radio station 95bfm in 2002. I can find no reference to it on their site though. Shame it would have been nice to have a photo to accompany this.

John the raconteur is on fine form here and, as is invariably the case, very insightful. His brief narrative regarding the inner workings of Radio 1 back then, (doubtless nothing’s changed since), speak volumes.

It’s this manifest of civil servant mentality that has kept me from listening to it ever since John’s passing.

I vaguely recall certain comments made by someone on the John Peel newsgroup ridiculing me for proclaiming there was no longer any reason to listen to Radio 1. Perhaps they ought to listen to this to understand why.

It’s not the knowledge of the process but because of the results that I choose to abstain. I don’t need to know how it works, just that it doesn’t sound like anything I want to listen to.

It also explains why people flock to Dandelion Radio, SlashMusic, The Yank Sizzler and Another Fine Mess to name a few.

I am extremely grateful to John B. for sending me this. You can find his online activities here:
You Must Be From Away
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Download The File
You have two options again: Torrent and Web.

John Peel Interview via BitTorrent
John Peel Interview via Rapidshare


Download The 2006 Festive Fifty

The Festive Fifty 2006:
Sorry about the lack of updates but here’s a rip of the 2006 Festive Fifty as broadcast on Dandelion Radio. It was requested a while ago on the newsgroup – by Mr. YankSizzler I think, anyway it’s now seeding on demonoid and I’ll eventually get round to adding it to some others too.

Now available in new handy size public tracker version: mininova Hmmm, tastes good.

Peace & out
domestic empire


John Peel’s Festive Fifty 1990

Probably the final post of the year and I’ll keep it short because I’m a miserable cunt and if I had my way I’d be off somewhere they don’t indulge in this intolerably churlish festive facade. Don’t get me started.

Couple of downloads for you then. We’ll kick off with a message from Uphallman.

Turn That Racket Down
I’ve upped ‘Turn That Racket Down’ on to a couple of torrent sites I use cos 1 is a members site and they are generally very good at seeding. The response has been amazing. I put it on at the weekend and it’s been downloaded 75 times in those few days. There are 11 seeders (plus me and I’ll leave it on inevitably) and six people are downloading at the mo. Found that no matter what happens with the length of time it takes to download on the Digitaldistractions site, once they’ve downloaded it they just bugger off!

Turn That Racket Down – P2P: BitTorrent
Demonoid (members site) 687.49 MB (720,886,168 bytes)
Torrentportal 687.49 MB (720,886,168 bytes)

Yes I agree, Demonoid is pretty good. Thanks for your contribution Uphallman.

John Peel’s Festive Fifty 1990
We miss Peelie every single day of the year right – we’re all agreed on that? But there was always something special about the Festive Fifty. John always took great pride in putting the thing together. He would always confide how nervous he was of making a mistake – as if we ever minded. We loved him for it. It’s what made him ‘one of us’ a ‘regular guy’. How many tracks would the Fall/Wedding Present/HMHB, etc have in the chart this year? Would the tracks I voted for make an appearance – yes but always pretty low down! Would John have sniffed out another feeble attempt at vote rigging? Would it all fit comfortably on our newly unwrapped C90’s. I can’t have been the only one shining a torch inside the rapid unwinding cassette praying that I don’t see the leader tape for just a minute or two longer, followed inevitably by the ceremonial panic that was the manic tape flip. Happy days :-)

So here, from 1990, is the Festive Fifty as broadcast on BBC Radio 1. This is partly filling a request from Chris and maybe it’s one Eddie wanted too, I forget off hand (and we WILL sort out those dvd’s I promise – 2007 good for you?).

Further notes and full track listings are contained in the file which may be aquired with one of the following options. Make sure you share around the file freely and have a toast to John and the Ravenscroft family. Oh, and a merry fucking Christmas from me. Foul mouthed bastard.

Domestic Empire

Festive Fifty 1990 – P2P: BitTorrent
294 MB (308,875,374 bytes)

Festive Fifty 1990 – HTTP: Rapidshare
Part 1 76.2 MB (80,000,000 bytes)
Part 2 76.2 MB (80,000,000 bytes)
Part 3 76.2 MB (80,000,000 bytes)
Part 4 67.2 MB (70,558,763 bytes)

The rapidshare Peel folder – as listed in the top left corner – contains all these files and more.


Peel News Roundup

Siezed by an almost overwhelming and unexpected urge to live (at least when I started the draft), it’s a new posting!

It’s good to know that the John Peel torrents are still going strong. And I’m sure there are others with more MB’s per second than me who have even better ratios. Thanks to all the seeders :)

John Peel Torrent Pack Vol.1 – Share Ratio: 10.114 Uploaded: 6.77GB
John_Peel_20020821.rar – Share Ratio: 27.246 Uploaded: 2.04GB

I don’t know how long the Rapidshare folder has been empty but clearly people do prefer Torrents to RS it seems, however I thnk there ought to be a range of download options so I’ll see about getting some plain old http files available.

I offer my upmost apologies to the helpful Neil Kelleher who kindly sent in a good print-size version (1387×1387) of Peter Blake’s artwork – only for me to ignore him. If you’ve breathed more than a few strong words to the effect of my ungratefullness then I don’t blame you! Grab it here…

And now direct from the JP Web News Desk we bring you …di-di-di-di, di-di-di, di-di-di-di-di… (70’s style news jingle) more John Peel Web News.

Peter Blake just so happens to be the subject of The South Bank Show tonight on ITV1 Sunday 19th November at 22:45, although there might be regional variations. There’s also an extended interview online at

Kat’s Karavan
Check out Kat’s Karavan for some vintage Peel. DuffPaddy has an edition of Night Ride or ‘Son of Night Right’ but I’ll let him fill you in with the complete details, from May 1969.

The Peel Tapes
The Peel Tapes continue unabaited with Jon Horne‘s 1980 retrospective including the Festive Fifty and the Independent Labels Special from April of that year.

The Perfumed Garden
Kris has a Tim Buckley session recorded for Peel’s Top Gear program in 1968 along with a mountain of others.

The Runout Groove
Local (to me anyway) lad Jamie continues his knack for uncovering new hidden gems and dispensing old Peel sessions despite now having to live in the Real World where care-free memories of student days are now just a haze. From July 2003 comes a Peel sesh by The French, whose only song I know is the one that got into the Festive Fifty, and Do Make Say Think from 2000

Indie MP3
Indie MP3 is always worth visiting and now has it’s own “indie mp3 rapidshare archive”, which currently contains the complete Festive Fifty from 1986.

Cafe Puschkin
The serving of the following special Peel dishes is now available: 5th December 2003, 4th February 2004, 30th March 2004, 27th November 2003, 29th November 2003, a Peel Compilation and a few other things.

The Ted Chippington Revival at Frankosonic
I also want to happily jump on the Ted Chippington publicity bandwagon. It seems the laconic comic – again from the 80’s – is appearing in public again with hopes for a new box set of his complete recordings. I can’t recall where I first saw him. Maybe on Channel 4’s The Tube or it could have been any one of a number of New Variety/Alternative Comedy events of it’s day, but suffice to say that I’ve never forgotton him and it’s good to hear his name being mention again. If you like dry northern humour consider a move to Lancashire or on the other hand visit Frankosonic and lsiten to some audio examples beacuse my description doesn’t do him justice. Welcome back Ted.

And finally…
Things have been quite here for about a month or more but regulars no doubt know this is to be expected due to health (no sympathy please – just stating facts), and, well because the internet is like that isn’t it? That’s what makes it so darn fun. I’ve also been spending a little time and a lot of money building up a studio to record my own musical ideas. Big Up to Turnkey; F.O.A.D. to Studiospares (useless cunts)! Rest assured though that any lulls will generally be followed by peaks of activity.

More torrents are planned – I still haven’t ruled out the possibility of getting something completed before Christmas. And Eddie (not Eric), may even get his disc soon too!

I’ve a feeling I’ve forgotten one or two things I wanted to mention but if I remember they’ll go in the comments. I tire so easily these days – that do ya for now?


Torrent Pack Vol.1.1 UPDATE

Thanks to marcu’s work we now have one of the missing programmes from August 2002. It’s available as a torrent – link below.

And in case you missed it he also located the Yeah Yeah Yeahs session from the 22nd August 2002. Clever lad :-D

Thanks marcu!

21st August 2002 – Peel Session: The D4

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Peel Session


John Peel Torrent Pack Vol.1

The John Peel Torrent Pack Vol.1 August 2002

*updated 02:07 sunday 10th September 2006*

BitTorrent Virgin? Scroll down to the end of this post and everything will soon fall into place :)

Volume 1 Contents:

1st August 2002
Peel Session:
Bearsuit Website
Bearsuit @ MySpace
Label: Fantastic Plastic

6th August 2002
Featuring a live set from Fabric:

Sender Berlin
Sender Berlin Website
Sender Berlin Interview
Label History: Discogs

7th August 2002
Peel Session:
Dressy Bessy (Live At Maida Vale)
Dressy Bessy Website
Dressy Bessy @ MySpace
Label: Track and Field
Label: Transdreamer

Peel Session: Saloon (Live At Maida Vale)
Saloon Info @ Cargo
Saloon Website (status: currently down)
Label: Track and Field

8th August 2002
Peel Session:
Will Oldham
Will Oldam Fan Site
Label: Palace
Label: Drag City

13th August 2002
Peel Session:
The Bellrays
The Bellrays Website
The Bellrays @ MySpace
Label: Cheap Lullaby

14th August 2002
Peel Session:
Eon (Live At Maida Vale)
Eon Website
Label: Project Pitchfork

15th August 2002
Peel Session:
Cranebuilders Website
Cranebuilders @ MySpace
Label: Skinny Dog
Label: Azra
Label: Earworm

20th August 2002 – Peel Session: Fixit Kid
Programme unavailable! Anyone have it?

21st August 2002 – Peel Session: The D4
Programme unavailable! Anyone have it?

22nd August 2002 – Peel Session: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Programme unavailable! Anyone have it?
Update: Thanks to Marcu the Yeah Yeah Yeahs session has been found!

27th August 2002
Featuring live sets from the Reading & Leeds Festivals:

The Icarus Line
The Icarus Line Website
Label: Buddyhead
The Icarus Line @ MySpace
Von Bondies
Von Bondies Website
Label: Dim Mak
Von Bondies @ Myspace
White Stripes
White Stripes Website
Label: Sympathy For The Record Industry
Label: XL Recordings
Label: V2

28th August 2002
Featuring live sets from the Reading Festival:

The Breeders
The Breeders Website
Label: 4ad
The Breeders @ Myspace
The classic Cannonball @ YouTube
Pulp Website [1]
Pulp Website [2]
Pulp @ Wikipedia
Label: Island
Label: Fire
Jarvis @ Myspace

29th August 2002
Peel Session:
Melys Website
Melys Feature
Label: Sylem
Label: Ankst

That’s your lot. Download. Enjoy. Continue to seed.

Never Used BitTorrent Before?
Don’t worry it’s really quite easy. Follow the two links below and you’ll be up and running in no time. If you know how to download a file you’re halfway there!

Recommended Software:
µTorrent – It’s Freeware and very simple use.

Guides to Using BitTorrent:
Easy Step-by-Step guide to using µTorrent with pictures for every step!
Slyck’s guide for BitTorrent in general.

If you really do get stuck (AFTER reading the guide above) just send me an email and I’ll do what I can to help :-D


At last, A Proper Update!

It’s awfully dull to publish apologies and excuses rather than updates to one’s blog – almost as bad as using one of those ‘under construction’ images. Almost, but not quite. Anyway the point I wanted to make is that the reasons for the infrequency of my posting is related to poor health and not due to any dwindling interest in the late and great Peelster or this site. People who send me news and links however will always take priority over anything I have to say because it’s John’s legacy I wish to promote not my own delusions of adequacy. So with all that out the way and my guilt tendencies somewhat pacified…

John Peel Shows From Finnish Radio Part 4:
…is now available via the following torrent links. Woohoo! A big thank you to finnish-phil for this excellent series and for keeping me informed:
pirate bay

John Peel Tape And File Project:
Let’s also not forget the mighty dubster over at the John Peel Tape And File Project who, despite my previous critcisms over the free download sites, continues to make available some great peel material (well it looks good to me.) Maybe it’s time I did a bit of trading with the man….hmmmm.

The Peel Tapes:
Jon’s site has four shows recorded by Peelie fo BFBS – that’s the British Forces Broadcasting Service to you – plus two other complete radio 1 programmes from 2003. One of my own, rather inadequate, claims-to-fame is that I once spent a few days installing new data links for the UK BFBS studios. I’d like to tell you more but it’s probably subject to the official secrets act and then, as we say, they’d have to kill me.

The Yank Sizzler:
Podcasts, podcasts, everyone has one it seems but this one from Peel fan Lawrence in the US is both eclectic and professionlly put together and comes highly recommended. Five shows are currently available last I looked and full tracklisting is available on site. Direct from Kansas, gateway to oz.
I know I had some other things on my mind but they seem to have wandered off, except to say that if you have time and are of a benevolent nature please view this website and help in any way you can.

Thank you and goodnight.


Tribute To John Peel – Turn That Racket Down

BBCtv Documentary

With contributions from John Walters, Billy Bragg, Jarvis Cocker and others, this documentary was originally screened during the August Bank Holiday back in 1999. Broadcast as part of John’s 60th Birthday celebrations – even getting on the cover of the Radio Times no-less, this revised version was shown in tribute following his death in 2004.

Torrent Link: Turn That Racket Down


Torrential Peel

BitTorrent & media round-up from the John Peel Archives.

Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3:
Something I should have featured ages ago is the sterling work being undertaken by Finnish Phil, as I privately refer to him. Featuring programmes John Peel made for various European radio stations. There are currently three torrents available with the promise of more to come.

John Peel shows from Finnish radio pt. 3 [449MB]
John Peel shows from Finnish radio pt. 2 [645MB]
John Peel shows from Finnish radio pt. 1 [748MB]
Euro Peel links

Singles Club:
The John Peel Record Box torrent: mp3 versions of the 7” vinyl collection. An incomplete but on-going project passionately sourced by some very nice folk over at the I Love Music forum, where current torrent links are posted – help with the project if you can. The tracks are also to be found using slsk.

John Peel’s Record Box TV Documentary:
The previous mentioned channel 4 television programme at the wonderfully eclectic and my personal tracker of choice, Secret Cinema, is still available.
John Peel’s Record Box

Many more John Peel television programmes are to come including BBC2’s John Peel Night, Travels With My Camera, DJ Heaven, Snapshots and This Is Your Life, though I’m slightly worried not to have located this one along with the others, but it should hopefully materialise with a bit more searching. A pc is currently being put together for the sole purpose of capping and seeding these.

New to BitTorrent?
I recommend these free clients:
1/ utorrent (No installation required. No fuss. Perfect for beginners.)
2/ ABC (More features. Open Source.)
3/ Azureus (Not tried this but comes highly recommended. Requires Java.)

BitTorrent guide and much more useful info.

As with all file sharing formats, once you have the completed file please continue to share so that all may benefit. It also encourages those responsible to post again.

Please note we don’t link to or promote anything that is commercially available. If it’s in the shops, buy it. Indie bands more than anybody need to recoup their advance. This site is for fans of John Peel and for people who want to discover more about the man.


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