Saturday, 27 February 2016

Oliver: John Peel Show - Radio 1 - Sunday 12 January 1992

Only selections from the Sunday show available here, I'm afraid.  But the good news was that they came from a complete show.

The show was notable for a very welcome play for my 1991 Festive 50 winner followed by a diabolical phone interview with Lesley Rankine of Silverfish, which started with Peel, in his desperation not to go down obvious lines of questioning, asking her if she knew of any good Indian  restaurants in Brick Lane.  He wanted to know for the benefit of his eldest son.  Peel himself had been in an awful one earlier in that day, but no details were forthcoming.  The interview continued in similar vein, taking a nosedive when they started talking about falling into swimming pools when clothed as Silverfish were expected to do the following day for a photo shoot.  By the end Rankine was making little attempt to disguise her disappointment in the dreariness of the proceedings, by exaggerating her voice when saying really inane things.  Peel was aware of his own shortcomings too, "My interview technique hasn't got any better, has it?  Sorry, Lesley."  He was still some years away from nailing this sort of thing on Home Truths.

There were several tracks, I wanted to share but couldn't; to wit:

Thousand Yard Stare - Comeuppance (dark tinged but energetic rock)
Salt Tank - Pressure Drop (a terrific dance track)
Zimbabwe Cha Cha Kings - South Africa (more African guitar wizardry)
William Bell - Quitting Time (last track on the show, laid back soul)

3 other tracks fell from favour between first hearing and writing about them:

Superchunk - Throwing Things (I think these guys are destined never to appear on this blog)
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Love in a Void [Peel Session] (a treasonable offence in some repects, but I just couldn't see what the fuss was about)
Distorted Pony - Pillar of Salt (who also earned Peel's disapproval by featuring a picture of the gates of a concentration camp on the sleeve of their record: "I wish they hadn't done that").

Full tracklisting

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