A tribute to English disc jockey, radio presenter and journalist, John Peel, in the latest show in Radio Riel’s residency at the Commemorative Bar.
Known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style, Liverpudlian John Peel was one of the UK’s most popular and respected DJs and broadcasters. He was one of the first to play reggae and punk on British radio, and his significant influence on alternative rock, pop, British hip-hop and dance music is widely acknowledged. After a spell on the off-shore station Radio London, hosting his seminal rock show The Perfumed Garden, he was the longest-serving of the original DJs of BBC Radio 1, broadcasting from 1967 until his death in 2004. In England, a John Peel day is held annually, in October, to celebrate new music.
Legendary British band Pink Floyd was just one of the many groups that John Peel championed over the years. Peel spotted Roxy Music, fronted by Bryan Ferry, at a club where they were billed alongside Genesis in 1971. Peel’s favourite song was The Undertones’ short and snappy track Teenage Kicks, released in 1978. Manchester band The Fall featured on John Peel’s Sessions 24 times times over the years, the first taking place in 1978. Joy Division caught the eye of Peel early on after they released an EP of demo tracks titled An Ideal For Living in 1978. They recorded their first John Peel Session in 1979. Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr said the band’s early success was “largely due to the John Peel show”. Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker handed their first demo tape to Peel on one of his roadshows. Peel was a big fan of PJ Harvey and championed her first single Dress in 1992. The list is long – and legendary…
Music from the John Peel Collection will be played by Radio Riel’s Elrik Merlin. Join us at the Commemorative Bar: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tribute%20Island/230/108/26
Dress to dance. If you can’t be there, then please tune in on http://music2.radioriel.org. This’ll be a good one. See you there 🙂