A Tribute to John Peel — Friday 1pm

Fri­day 7 March, 1pm to 4pm SLT / 21:00 to mid­night GMT
Trib­ute Island presents…

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 🙂

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