Go West

By David Quantick

From the Emmy Award-winning writer, a novel about an Antiques Whisperer and forgery hunter on the trail of a mysterious document

Friday, 4 August 2017


I'm making a list of songs associated with John Peel for a CD and playlist for pledgers - if anyone has any suggestions, please put em up here.


I am after songs John Peel loved and songs associated with important moments in his career - and I think I'll put Teenage Kicks on twice...

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Mark O'Neill
 Mark O'Neill says:

The American by Simple Minds 7” version - which he loved the guitar work on
Anything by Misty in Roots
Siouxsie and the Banshees of course
John Peel is Not Enough by CLSM

posted 4th August 2017

Michael Carty
 Michael Carty says:

You Suffer by Napalm Death. Short, to the point, unlikely to be too adversely affected by the possibility of Peel playing the vinyl edition at the wrong speed (and commenting "that's never happened to me before").

Plus, there's definitely this band called The Fall, who might just need to be in there!

posted 4th August 2017

Steve Titley
 Steve Titley says:

I would suggest Futures and Pasts, the first track on the first Fall Peel session, as they did 20 odd further sessions with him and his love of The mighty ( copyright John Peel) Fall became an ever present theme of his musical life. Cheers Steve

posted 4th August 2017

Sean Mcgrath
 Sean Mcgrath says:

Age of Consent - New Order. I remember delaying leaving the house for a night out to listern it all the way through (which John Peel always did)

posted 4th August 2017

Will Birch
 Will Birch says:

Some Peel faves that were on heavy rotation, as I recall:
The Misunderstood: I Can Take You To The Sun
Tomorrow: My White Bicycle
Fatal Microbes: Violence Grows

posted 4th August 2017

ian caine
 ian caine says:

Something by The Bhundu Boys or Tge Four Brothers.
On The Trail of the Lonesome Pine by Laurel & Hardy - think he was responsible for that being a surprise hit in the 70s

posted 4th August 2017

Tamsin Shelton
 Tamsin Shelton says:

His Desert Island Discs in 1990 were: Zadok the Priest, 'It's Over' by Roy Orbison, 'Too Much' by Jimmy Reed, 'Man Kind' by Misty in Roots, aforementioned Undertones track (also the one he'd save from the waves), Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor by Rachmaninov, 'Eat Y'self Fitter' by The Fall and 'The Four Brothers' by Pasi Pano Pane Zviedzo.

posted 4th August 2017

John Crawford
 John Crawford says:

Goodness, so much to choose from! I agree with there has to be some from The Fall and Bhundu Boys; he played a lot of esoteric songs, but I also remember him playing "Planet Earth" by Duran Duran before it was a hit.

One that I would have to include would be This Flame by The Associates (from their 2nd Peel session I think) which is only recording of the song.

Oh and some Sly and Robbie - one of the many types of music John Peel introduced me to was dub reggae....

posted 4th August 2017

Gary Percival
 Gary Percival says:

I'd say you definitely should include something by Viv Stanshall and/or the Bonzos as John loved them. If you check the track listing from the Bonzos' Complete BBC Recordings, much of it is from John's Top Gear show.

posted 4th August 2017

Nev Jopson
 Nev Jopson says:

Bloody by the Golinsky Brothers was always a Peel favourite of the 16 year old version of me

posted 4th August 2017

EdWilbur EdWilbur
 EdWilbur EdWilbur says:

Arthur Alexander's 'You Better Move On' was important to him - part of his 40th birthday celebration programmes. He was a passionate fan of Kevin Coyne too so almost anything by him - say 'Having A Party' from "Millionaires and Teddy Bears"

posted 4th August 2017

anthony critchlow
 anthony critchlow says:

Comsat Angels "Independence Day".

posted 4th August 2017

Steven Gray
 Steven Gray says:

Grinderswitch - Pickin the Blues ..

Peels signature theme..Don't know if this was a peel favourite but remember hearing this every time the peel show in the 80s

posted 4th August 2017

brian rooney
 brian rooney says:

Playing teenage kicks twice in a row

posted 4th August 2017

Andy Cragg
 Andy Cragg says:

Every now an then he'd play Delta5 "Mind your own Business", for no apparent reason. Don't forget Sheena Easton's "9-5", everything by The Fall, Captain Beefheart, Melt Banana, and my favourites - Melys! And Ball Boy. And Pulp. Also really long dub records with the word 'Jah' in them. Better not put much Joy Division, as he got a bit wary of the really, really miserable stuff he was being sent in tribute. 1994's FF hit Laika by H-Foundation, he owned one of only 100 copies before it was censored by some film music guy. And deffo no Peter Sarstedt nor Jethro Tull ... But anyways, good luck with the CD - looking forward to it! ~andyc~

posted 4th August 2017

Mark Harris
 Mark Harris says:

Something at the wrong speed!

posted 4th August 2017

Tony McMahon
 Tony McMahon says:

Don't want to repeat what others have said, but he also had a love of the Wedding Present, would add in My Favourite Dress

posted 4th August 2017

Andy Weizen
 Andy Weizen says:

I'd nominate Lonely Saturday Night by Don French. He used to play it every few months on the show and it was one of his and Sheila's favourites to sing along to.

posted 5th August 2017

Alistair Gibbs
 Alistair Gibbs says:

'Say Kids, What Time Is It?' by Coldcut; still have my cassette recording of him playing that somewhere.

posted 5th August 2017

Alistair Gibbs
 Alistair Gibbs says:

And yes, 'Crackpot at the End of the Rainbow' by Viv Stanshall... I jumped out of a hot bath to grab a cassette and record it when Peel repeated it, probably around 1988 or so. Sublime.

posted 5th August 2017

Kevin Armstrong
 Kevin Armstrong says:

Beach Baby by First Class

posted 5th August 2017

John McMurtrie
 John McMurtrie says:

Bands I may never have heard if not for JP: Unsane, Clint Eastwood and General Saint, UT, Moonshake, King of the Slums, Electro-hippies, Bhundu Boys, Carcass, Frank Chickens, Stretcheads, Ivor Cutler, Vivian Stanshall (Sir Henry).
Also, the Wedding Present who I hated but grew to love thanks to Peel.
And what about the time he played Sidewalking by Jesus & Mary Chain twice in a row because he liked it so much.

posted 5th August 2017

David Crampton
 David Crampton says:

Rose of Cimarron by Poco was an old Peel favourite.
Dead Pop Stars by Altered Images was another of his top tunes.

posted 7th August 2017

Dean Pinfold
 Dean Pinfold says:

In the Peel Sessions music Facebook page .The Only Ones - Another Girl Another Planet (Peel Session 1978) gets consistent high amounts of likes in popularity . It must be significant .

posted 9th August 2017

Gareth Brown
 Gareth Brown says:

It's not very well known that John absolutely loved an interesting instrumentals band called, Aqua Vista, who were in session on more than one occasion. John Peel in fact regularly used the remarkable Aqua Vista version of The Model (originally by Kraftwerk) as a bed to vocal links on his radio show. I could try to source a Peel session version of 'The Model' for you (I think it's possibly available to stream over on guitarist Rapido T Lusso's Reverbnation Page). In the mean time here's a fantastic Aqua Vista track called 25 Gallons of Paranoia in session with Peely.


posted 19th August 2017

Mark Felton
 Mark Felton says:

Song Song Blue by Altered Images is a must because he appears on it.

posted 23rd August 2017

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