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John Peel died 6 years ago today. Rest in Peace, Sir.
There's a campaign to get him trending on Twitter http://twitter.com/keepingitpeel
For anyone who never heard his shows, this selection of festive 50s is more than enough of an introduction http://drownedinsound.com/news/4136745
Why? Who cares? I bet he'd think this was pointless. Cause it is.
I don't even know what trending is, but otherwise this exactly. Those festive 50 links, however, are *almost* enough to persuade me to get spotify.
so they're not that exciting really.
stinks of something horrible. a 'campaign to get him trending on twitter' won't bring him back or achieve anything except let a few people look like they're really alt.
John Peel show in the dark was my late evening entertainment when I was at school. I remember him playing the heaviest sounding stuff ever before the Mary Anne Hobbs rock show. Always the most horrendous track from the latest Terrorizer cover cd or 'Kick The Pregnant' or something
"John Peel changed my life" and that. Just don't like the 'campaign' bit. Reminds me of the Rage Christmas number one thing that just made me feel sick.
seems a little bit of an overreaction.
a campaign on twitter isn't necessarily a hollow thing. when people see the hashtag trending and click on it then they get a long list of memories written by people who cared about john peel. for people who already know who he is it's a mildly poignant 30 secs that might contain a good video link, for someone who doesn't know john peel it could be an excellent introduction to his life and the sort of music he promoted.
obviously a lot depends on the quality of the recent tweets posted just before you click on the hashtag, but the odds are reasonable that there will be a link or an anecdote that's worth reading. don't think that's vomit worthy - sounds like you're just on the anti-twitter band wagon.
There should be a campaign for 6music to run full Peel shows again even though there's so many to stream and download out there it would be nice to have the excuse to turn the radio/freeview on and listen to his show.
Any favourite Peel moments? I think getting the crowd to chant "motherfucker" before Atari Teenage Riot in the Purcell rooms at Festival Hall to disrupt the piano recital next door is quite special...
was voted for by the listeners. He famously (?) refused to play smells like teen spirit the year it won because he thought some kind of exciting dance music should of won, and was annoyed that his listeners had just picked loads of rock music.
and span it out across the following year's shows. Whenever invited to write about the Festive 50 for the Radio Times or whoever he'd always complain about the lack of African, rap or dance music, depending on whatever he was heaviest into at the time. (1988 in the NME: "I've been disappointed with this years chart, it's very conservative, more so than last year. Especially as at the time of voting there was an awful lot of good dance music around on the show, but none of it was voted for.")
when i was getting in to him, he was playing all sorts fo really left-field stuff...even if you check the listener-orientated, more conservative version of the show in the(admittedly posthumous) 2004 festive fifty then there's Distance, Digital Mystikz, Plastician, Jon E. Cash etc.
(i do think a lot of the indie from that era has dated not that well, and outside of the Peel-context doesn't sound that great, but in terms of what the shows actually played...i doubt it's ever been bettered for diversity etc. on national radio)
john peel was ever about championing current or exploding music trends - as acid house was in 1989. it seems to me like the stuff he played was largely reflective of his personal taste and it was the breadth of this that was so unique. there's plenty of evidence of him being into dance music throughout the nineties. his love of happy hardcore is evident, and he championed loads of good techno eg. dave clarke, richie hawtin, jeff mills, dj bone, autechre, surgeon etc.
he was an extremely inspiring figure, obviously. it was clear even before he died that there'd be a huge void left after his passing.
i was fortunate to attend quite a few peel sessions at maida vale. he seemed a thoroughly lovely man and it was always such a pleasure and honour to be there while he was doing his stuff.
The Faces miming along (read: taking the piss by playing football) to 'Maggie May' on Top of the Pops, while Peel is onstage pretending to play mandolin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEoc13bwCw0
Video from Joy Division's Peel Session: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_zLxPNUIqw
A thing what I wrote this time last year for a pretty decent compilation album called 'Kats Karavan - the History of John Peel on the Radio'. Worth checking out: http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14825/reviews/4138307
i'm listening to it just now :)
It's got Hawaiian Island Wranglers on it which I think is the only version of it anywhere ever or something.
Particularly the concept that there can be merit in anything. He was mainly operating at a time when music was very compartmentalised - if you liked rock you couldn't like disco, if you liked punk you had to sneer at pop etc. He didn't give a stuff and just played what he liked. He always said that he got most pleasure from listening to a record that he had never heard before. Towards the end he was playing stuff like Happy Hardcore almost as a deliberate taunt to his listeners.
He occupied a specific niche in time and the way that technology has moved on means that there is now no need for someone to fulfill that role. And he'd be happy with that.
i'm sad that i was too much of an idiot when i was younger to start listening to you earlier than i did.
and found his shows to be pretty boring/infuriating for the most part. It just felt like because he was given this mantle of a champion of new music, that he could play however much dross he fancied. The amount of shit he churned out was ridiculous... 'and here's the latest release from hairy arse wind on das ist gut records' *cue 3 minutes of bleeping*. Maybe he got a bit shitter with age and i was just listening at the wrong time but still, i'm sure he's hero-worshipped by shitloads of people who never actually llistened to his shows.
^ban request etc...
I do kinda see your point. He played a whole lot of stuff that wasn't my cup of tea, some very extreme and harsh power electronics stuff, but that was kind of the joy of it, you know? You never knew what was coming next - would it be some Japanese dude screaming over the sounds of broken glass, would it be Laura Viers doing an acoustic song, or would it be some 1960s hippy shit? No-one knew. Often not even him.
but i do like the self-enclosure of it as well, like there are songs i have a good deal of affection for, like (off the top of my head) mimuka spidat's malfunctions, or a track by the decider that was a weird joy division pastiche thing...that probably don't exist on the internet or whatever anymore but kind of only exist in the memory of those shows.
like Christians in search of filth or someone....i wish i'd formed a band, played a peel session then broken up.
also, the fact some people didn't like the shows kind of goes to show that he was still a genuinely interesting, divisive, 'counter-cultural' (whatever that means) figure even by the end...which is pretty impressive
obviously i really just liked ballboy and laura cantrell and stuff.
I loved John Peel
I neither know nor care what 'trending on twitter' means.
It feels dirty and wrong.
A lot of the later shows can be downloaded. It's amazing how re-listening to them 7 or 8 years later, I'm still finding new things to seek out. I've recently bought 'Flashing Echo', a Trojan dub compilation as a direct result of listening to these shows again - a record that the 23 year old Tompaulin loving Basil would never buy.
Anyway, time to break out some CLSM in tribute:
"In the early 90's pete tong played hardcore, when it was the right speed.
Seb plays house.
Loti plays house.
Judge plays housey-trance.
Fergie wont even venture past one hundred and forty-five BPM
So who will support hard dance?
Surprisingly, the most adventurous is drive time dave pearce, playing oldschool and hard trance on a sunday night.
And beyond adventurous....... is John Peel
The only hope of a kick drum lead track above one hundred and fifty BPM.
John Peel is not enough."
would be to get Reading/Leeds Festivals chanting that in unison this year, he would have loved it.