Podcast: Peel Out In The States Programs 23 & 24


This shambolic mess you see before you is looked after by a British expat, now living in the United States.

In the U.S.A there is a national radio station. The publicly funded (from donations and grants) NPR and they have a wide range of genres covered on their music section. But nothing really comparable to what John Peel used to do on his shows.

Soon after moving here I was very happy though to discover local college radio stations… Continue reading


#KeepingItPeel Podcast – Random Festive Fifty

Before we begin with this special edition podcast, just want to give a mention and a HUGE thank you to all the chaps at the John Peel Wiki because if it wasn’t for them… none of this would exist.
It is thanks to their never ending tireless work that I have the source material to present these snippets of Peel.

Please take the time to go over there and help out with any information you have about the John Peel shows – They would be eternally grateful if you have any old recordings lying around that you could convert and upload…

Now onto this edition of the #keepingitpeel podcasts and as the title suggests they are randomly selected tracks from John Peel’s Festive Fifty from 1980 to 2004.

How some of the tracks were chosen was literally sticking a pin in a piece of paper. I wrote down the years and then numbers 1-50 next to them, closed my eyes and pointed on the sheet. This will probably explain when you listen to the pod that there’s position numbers 4 & 3 featured, but no No. 2 and two at Number 1.


  1. Grinderswitch intro (Dec 22nd 1980)
  2. The Gang of Four – Damaged Goods (No.50-1980)
  3. Pico – Chard (No.50-2001)
  4. The Fall – U.S 80’s-90’s (No.10-1986)
  5. Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant (No. 51-1977)
  6. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 2 Kindsa Love (No.22-1996)
  7. Culture – Lion Rock (No.48-2000)
  8. Sundays – Can’t Be Sure (No.47 -2000)
  9. Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (No.46-2000)
  10. Ballboy – All The Records On The Radio Are Shite (No.10-2002)
  11. Marc Smith Vs Safe & Sound – Identify The Beat (No.9-2002)
  12. Pinhole – So Over You (No.8-2002)
  13. Billy Bragg – Northern Industrial Town (Peel Session) (No.37-1995)
  14. Cornershop – 6 A.M. Jullander Shere (No.36-1995)
  15. Dreadzone – Captain Dread (No.35-1995)
  16. The Smiths – Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (No.28-1984)
  17. This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren (No.4-1983)
  18. New Order – Age Of Consent (No.3-1983)
  19. Melys – Chinese Whispers (No.1-2001)
  20. Cinerama – Don’t Touch That Dial (No.1-2003)

Again as mentioned if you didn’t see it above – not fifty tracks but randomly selected tracks from all the festive fifties. The reason for this is that 50 tracks would take the podcast length to over two hours. We usually restrict ourselves to 1 hour and with this pod we’ve gone over that by 23 mins. Additionally there is the file size. We try to keep it small enough so that it is quickly and easily downloadable.

Listen here:

» D/load     [This episode is 1hr 23mins long/file size is 77.76mb]


[Poll] The Next John Peel Lecture ?

The inaugural John Peel Lecture took place on Monday 31st October 2011, with Pete Townsend, lead guitarist of The Who delivering the first address:

John Peel Lecture - Pete TownsendPete Townshend examines the current state of music media and asks the question: Can John Peelism survive the Internet? In an age of free downloads and a disposable attitude to music, can creative people earn a living, and without radio how can the “unpolished” music that John Peel championed find an audience?

You can still download the podcast or read the full transcript here.


“I have limited time. Looking at what John Peel did with his show on radio for many years is worth looking at. But I must assume that most listeners will know what he did. Annie Nightingale once told me that John was one of the few deejays at Radio 1 who would take home everything left in the in-tray cubbyholes at the end of each week. More than that, he listened to it all. Sometimes he played some records that no one else would ever have played, and that would never be played on radio again. But he listened, and he played a selection of records in the course of each week that his listeners knew (partly because the selection was sometimes so insane) proved he was genuinely engaged in his work as an almost unconditional conduit between creative musicians to the radio audience.

So he listened.

And he took chances with what he played.

And he is gone.

Why was John Peel’s system important? Why is listening important? Why is being ready to give space to less polished music important? Will John Peelism survive the internet? Or is John Peelism thriving on the internet without many of us realising it?”

Townsend talks about how music is distributed and listened to these days, he also rails against iTunes, calling it a “digital vampire”.

Reviewers of his address were nonplussed:

– The musician and writer Chris T-T hoped that speech would have been more about the music rather than the industry.

– Helienne Lindvall writes on the Guardian music blog saying that Townsend is wrong and that iTunes is no digital vampire.

So the question is then – (in the hope that the BBC doesn’t abandon this as they did with the John Peel Day and podcast) – Who should give the address next year ?

I took to Twitter and asks for suggestions, the ten most mentioned included below.

Vote on who you think should give the lecture next year:

UPDATE: The public opinion on who should give the next lecture is...

Jarvis Cocker

Click on view results above to see all the voting

If there’s somebody you think of who isn’t there, leave a comment below with your reason.

Bonus audio:
Additional to the lecture there was the BBC 6 Music Showcase also at Media City in Salford.
In concert were The Charlatans, Bombay Bicycle Club and for your listening here: John Cooper Clarke (as broadcast on Mark Riley’s show that night). The audio begins with Riley talking to Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie before going over to Cooper Clarke live on stage.


– or download/embed [20MB – 22 mins long]

Results of the poll will be posted here in exactly 7 days from publication of the post.