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R.I.P. John Peel

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  • Mikey_C
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    John Peel / Hawkwind connection

    Just found this on Space Ritual's site:http://www.spaceritual.uk.com/biography.htm

    Origins of Group X

    The start of early Hawkwind/Group X from the eyes and ears of Mick Slattery, guitarist back then at the dawn of Hawkwind and now guitarist in Space Ritual.

    Augusts 69. Famous Cure had folded, but out of its ashes had come something a little bit different. We were still a sort of blues / rock band but then we recruited Nik and Dik-Mik and started experimenting with avant-garde and electronic sounds. Now I had a flat just off the Portobello Road in Talbot Road and Terry Ollis lived in the back room and most days everyone would meet up there, mainly to exchange drugs and get high before going off to rehearse. It also gave Nik the opportunity to heat up his tin of baked beans and blag several cups of tea. Just down the road was All Saints Church and in the basement or tabernacle someone had been putting on bands on Friday nights.

    So one Friday evening I popped in as they were setting up the stage. I spoke to someone who looked like he was in charge and asked him if there was any chance we could come along later and do a couple of numbers? He said "Yeh - just turn up and play" he was probably only the electrician - but thats what we did. I rounded everybody up and we thought we'd better get a couple of numbers together and make up a name, but after a good few spliffs all we could come up with was Group X. But no matter, off we trotted to church, where we were given a ten minute spot by a bemused Doug Smith.

    We hadn't come up with a couple of numbers either, so we decided to just have a jam around a couple of chords (probably the only ones we knew). Actually it was the intro to Eight Miles High and then some very long solos and Dik-Mik twiddling with his generator and Nik honking up a storm and me and Dave getting our guitars to feed-back the way we'd seen Hendrix do it, and Terry thrashing his drumkit to within an inch of its life, while the strobes and liquid light show added to the air of chaos and insanity. And then, twenty minutes later it was over, and much to our surprise, everyone loved it, including John Peel, who was in the audience and apparently advised Doug Smith to sign us up, which he did. Funnily enough, we've all remembered the number which we did back in 1969, which was called Sunshine Special. We played it at a recent gig in Crewe, where we had almost the same line-up and it was pretty weird doing it again - thirty two years later.
    So it looks very much as though we have John Peel to thanks for Hawkwind as well. What a legacy!

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    john peel

    There was an excellent tribute to John Peel in the now show on Radio 4 on Friday, I think it was Mitch Ben, but I'm not sure. It was a song called 'One Minute's Noise, and it was so fitting for John as silence doesn't seem right for a man who introduced us to so much music

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  • Michael Moorcock
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    There's a tribute to Peelie on Radio 4. Try bbc.co.uk/radio and then go to the Radio 4 archive.

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  • Michael Moorcock
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    In certain ways my career and that of JP were parallel and we were also sometimes mistaken for each other. We were pretty much exactly the same age so it was shocking for me, too, since I don't think of 65 as being all that old. I listened to him pretty much every week on one programme or another. He'll be much missed.

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  • DeeCrowSeer
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    Re: Inferno

    Originally posted by MoorEinheit
    Good luck in tracking it down.
    Thanks for the details.... I've actually managed to find it at Tower Records, although it's on their "special order" list, so they might not actually be able to acquire it. Still, it's good to know there are copies floating around!

    http://uk.towerrecords.com/product.aspx?pfid=1216782

    From listening to the sound clips, I'm pretty sure that would give me nightmares. I can't speak a word of German, and somehow that makes the German readings far more sinister. It's strange to hear Peel's quite reassuring voice mixed in with the scariness.!

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  • xidrep
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    An eclectic genius. Cabaret Voltaire jostled Steeleye Span. Then the doleful mantra of 'Fish-heads, fish-heads; roly-poly fish heads; fish-heads, fish heads; eat them up - Yum!'. An irreplaceable figure who mixed the soundtrack of my adolescence. A true Chaos Champion! And from all reports, a top chap too! We have lost a national resource.

    Perdix

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    Inferno

    Originally posted by DeeCrowSeer
    Is that something you recorded from the radio, or is it something that was available in shops?
    It was released on CD in 1993, maybe be tricky to find now. Cat. no. EGO 203. One of my favourites in the EGO series (Rough Trade).

    Title: Radio Inferno (Hoerspiel nach Dantes Inferno)
    Artists: Andreas Ammer/FM Einheit

    The great John Peel features heavily in the radio play as a DJ who tells the story of Vergil and Dante's desent into hell.

    Good luck in tracking it down.

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  • zakt
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    Just to add my tuppence-worth, it's deeply sad that Peely's gone from us, and although I always knew he was a fair age, he never seemed anything like 65, which makes it all the more of a shock. There was a piece about him on Radio Scotland this week, with comment from Pat Nevin (ex-pro footballer, music enthusiast and friend), Bruce (of Bruce's Records and ex-manager of Simple Minds), and the guitarist from Mogwai. The impressive thing was just how much they seemed to genuinely love the man, not just for his influence on the music scene, but because he was a genuinely friendly and generous person. You can't ask for more, can you? As I listen to Football Focus on the tv just now, there has just come on yet another tribute! So many friends, so many places.

    Cheers, John! (and look after yourself, Mike!)

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  • Governor of Rowe Island
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    I was deeply saddened when I heard the news. His show was a godsend! The music I would never have heard, but for him. The influence he had, for the length of time he did, and the respect he commanded could never be matched by anyone. Vapid pop has been in the ascendancy for a while, now I really fear for decent music.
    I agree 'kid' - its up to Mark Radcliffe to carry the torch.

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  • silverhand
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    Originally posted by Pellaz
    I thought it was interesting, reading John Peel's bio, that he had done a radio stint in Texas at one time. I instantly thought of Mike M., and wondered if Peel was a part of the Portobello Road scene when Mike was.
    Apparently he met JFK just before he was assasinated. The president heard his English accent said, "get some pictures" which John did then the great man went to his death, so the story goes.

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  • DeeCrowSeer
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    Originally posted by Jeriko
    Is he the guy who did the Peel Sessions cds?

    I have the Napalm Death Peel Sessions.
    That's the chap! "Sessions" with all manner of bands (both obscure and better known) were recorded for his nightly radio show, and some bands have released recording of their sessions.

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    Is he the guy who did the Peel Sessions cds?

    I have the Napalm Death Peel Sessions.

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  • Mikey_C
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    The papers were full of tributes today. The Daily HateMail proclaimed Home Truths as "conservative" - but I remember several items involving issues like asylum seekers taking a very non-DM line! Peel was always a bit of a radical. Apparently he had just finished his autobiography, which will published posthumously.

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  • DeeCrowSeer
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    Listening to Radio 1 this morning, I heard tributes from Ozzy Osbourne and Jarvis Cocker, both saying that they simply wouldn't be where they are today without Peel... but there are too many bands to list. Apparently the New Band Stage at Glastonbury will now be renamed in his honour, which is a nice tribute I think.

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  • Bob
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    Here is a link to some quotes of the great man.

    http://ilx.p3r.net/thread.php?msgid=5178027

    Some serious gold to be found among them.

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