A brand new crop of sessions will be here on the firstday of each month, replacing the ones before them. mr. obscure can be contacted via his old pal and cowering slave stuart Jones, at email@example.com
Dumb are one of three bands featured this month who i have absolutely no information on. Well - very little, anyway. Apparantly Dumb came from Manchester, used to be called Dub Sex, supported The Stone Roses and wrote material with Finley Quaye. and that's the sum total of my information. if you can help, please email me. they taped a session for peel on 01/12/1996. here it is.
Frankfurter might have been an off-shoot project of thrashy absurdists the stupids. their only peel session was put down on 16/04/1987.
Heresy were a hardcore punk band from Nottingham, England, formed in 1985 and active until late 1989. They released three albums and are credited as one of the key bands in the late 1980s UK hardcore scene. The group was formed by Reevsy (guitar, vocals), Kalvin "Kalv" Piper (bass), and Steve Charlesworth (drums), the first two having previously been in the Stoke-on-Trent band Plasmid. Their first release was the 1986 6-track flexi-disc Never Healed - the first release on Earache Records, which was followed by a split LP with Concrete Sox. They then added a singer, who was soon replaced by Concrete Sox drummer John March. Reevsy left the band to be replaced by Mitch Dickinson from Unseen Terror on guitar. The band toured through Europe with this line-up. In 1988, Mitch left to be replaced by Baz from Ripcord, the new line-up recording the Face Up to It LP. Their final album, 1989's 13 Rocking Anthems, was compiled from their last two Peel Sessions. The band split up in late 1988. Members Steve and Kalv formed Meatfly, and now play in UK hardcore outfit Geriatric Unit. here's the first of their three sessions for uncle john, immortalised on 26/07/1987.
hyper kinako - who were/are they? i don't have a fucking clue. Their website seems to be under permanent reconstruction, i can't get any information on them at all. Once again, if you can provide me with a biography of the group, please do. here's their only session for the great broadcaster, put down on 20/02/2003.
Henry Badowski played in several short-lived bands before joining his friend, guitarist James Stevenson, in Gene October's Chelsea as bassist in March 1977 despite having barely picked up a bass guitar in his life. He then moved on to play Vox Continental organ in Wreckless Eric's band before forming King as vocalist and keyboard player along with Captain Sensible, who described Badowski as "a genius". Badowski was invited by Sensible to join a short-lived incarnation of The Damned to replace Lemmy, at which time they went by the name The Doomed. the only session this unlikely punk supergroup taped for peel was committed to tape on 11/07/1978.
Liars are a three-piece band formed in 2000 and currently consisting of Angus Andrew (vocals/guitar), Aaron Hemphill (percussion, guitar, synth), and Julian Gross (drums) from Los Angeles. They have released seven studio albums and are signed to Mute Records. Having gone through a number of line-up changes they combine elements of rock with electronica. The debut album They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top was released in 2001. Recorded in a mere two days with producer Steve Revitte, the album bore resemblance to the work of Delta 5 and Gang of Four, accenting their angular, acerbic punk with modern synths and drum machines. The album generated interest and gained them a following amongst the post-punk revival scene of New York. It was during this time they were interviewed and filmed in performance for the documentary Kill Your Idols, along with bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Black Dice. As a four-piece, Liars were only to release two more short EPs. The first was entitled We No Longer Knew Who We Were; it was an official release of the band's early demos recorded in 2000. The second, however, showcased new material. Fins to Make Us More Fish-Like (November 2002) showed progression from their signature sound but without any material that would seem significantly out of place on their debut. mr obscure is throwing their first (of two) sessions at you this month. It was recorded on 14/04/2002.
Neon Hearts were a British punk rock band from Wolverhampton. They had a short lived existence from 1977 to 1981. The band was founded in the summer of 1977 by Steve Heart when he quit Birmingham-based Suburban Studs after being told a sax player was inappropriate in a punk band. The initial line up included Steve, his cousin, a bass player called Paul Raven, a drummer friend of Paul's, Keith Allen, and Martin Ratcliffe, a guitarist friend of Keith's.After a few weeks rehearsing, the band went into Lee Sound Studios to arrange a demo recording session. They soon came across a solo singer playing local pubs and clubs doing his own songs and a few Bowie covers. Tony Deary (later Tone Dial) joined the band after a couple of meetings and the band (now five members) was complete. After much debate they decided to call themselves Neon Hearts. After the first sessions at Ginger Studios two songs, 'Regulations' and 'Venus Eccentric' were chosen to become a double A-sided single released on 1 December 1977 on the band's own label, Neon Hearts Records. The first pressing of the single was released in an oversized 8" sleeve due to a printing error. Throughout this period record company interest increased and they signed to Satril, a satellite company of WEA, in May 1978. From day one problems occurred, with Satril attempting to get the band to move into a more 'funky' direction and submit material to the Eurovision song contest. Being optimistic, Neon Hearts felt things would improve. however, things actually worsened and they ended up trying to make the best of a bad job. The first demos for Satril were recorded at PYE Studios in London on June 6, 1978 under the supervision of A&R manager Paul Jenkins. The band wanted to release 'Popular Music' as their Satril debut but were overruled by the label that chose 'Answers', which was released in July 1978. The single was given no promotion so the group self-promoted it by gigging. Satril agreed to release 'Popular Music' as the second single. In preparation for promoting their first album they appeared on Look! Hear!, a TV music show that was screened on BBC Midlands, in January 1980. They performed the new single "Popular Music" and "Synchronisation", a song that was never recorded elsewhere. In 1980 Steve and Tony decided to reform Neon Hearts. The same year Tony released an EP, You Keep Coming Round, with a new band, Silhouette Theatre. The material was strong but inadequate distribution and airplay meant it achieved little commercial success. Dial subsequently joined Birmingham group Fashion for a period. By chance the five band members met up in August 2002 and ended up recording two new songs written by Tony, "Retrograde" and "Heart of Darkness". This was the last time the band played together due to the tragic death of bass player Paul Raven in October 2007. Paul had become a highly influential musician best known for his work in Killing Joke. He later played in the alternative rock/industrial rock bands Prong & Ministry. here's that one session they did for peel, preserved on 21/03/1979. A compilation CD called Ball & Chain was released by Overground records in 1997. This included alternate versions of songs on the Popular Music album, the John Peel session and a number of other previously unreleased recordings. Based on the success of this CD Overground re-released The Popular Music album in CD format in 2002.
The list of band names below is purely for illustrative purposes - I don't pretend to have sessions by all these people - but I do have a frightening amount of them.