Friday 25 October 2019
Keeping It Peel
Fifteen years, fifteen fucking years!
Maryanne, Lauren, the rest of 6Music, not least John's son Tom have tried to fill the gap and have just about managed to do it but it is telling that it has taken a whole station to fill those boots and come up with a daily playlist as diverse as the late man's one show. I say nearly as no matter how good all those djs are they do not possess those dulcet tones, the deadpan delivery and very few ever play the record at the wrong speed. I wonder if Peel had still been around what his show would have been like after his beloved Liverpool won the European Cup for the 6th time.
I had a few Peel sessions vying for inclusion today but as I am off to see the Wedding Present tonight, in what I have no doubt will be another brilliant ninety odd minutes, especially as Bizarro my second favourite Weddoes album will be played in full, it seemed fitting that I should pick them and the band's final session recorded on 22/07/2004 and broadcast 12/09/2004 which contained at the time brand new tracks from Take Fountain, my favourite Wedding Present album.
Peel once said "the boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock 'n' Roll era. You may dispute this, but I'm right and you're wrong!" His faith in Gedge can be attested by the fact that after M.E.S. Gedge clocked up the second most session appearances, 22 in total either with the Wedding Present, Cinerama or solo.
Ringway To Seatac
John Peel - The Fall