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
Caravan are an English band from the Canterbury area, founded by former Wilde Flowers members David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan in 1968. The band have not achieved much commercial success, but are considered a key part of the Canterbury scene, blending psychedelic rock, jazz and classical influences to create a distinctive sound. The band were originally based in Whitstable, Kent, near Canterbury, but moved to London when briefly signed to Verve Records. After being dropped by Verve they signed to Decca Records, where they released their most critically acclaimed album, In the Land of Grey and Pink in 1971. David Sinclair left after the album's release and the band disintegrated the following year. Hastings and Coughlan added new members, notably viola player Geoffrey Richardson and continued as Caravan before splitting in 1978. The band reformed several times in the following decades, and Caravan still remain active as a live band in the 21st century, despite Coughlan's death in December 2013. here's the last of seven sessions for peel, immortalised on 02/05/1977.
Formed in 1982 by Ray Gelato and Maurice Chevalier (real name Patrice Serapiglia), retro jump jive band The Chevalier Brothers tarted off busking on the streets of London. The line-up was quickly expanded to include Roger Beaujolais, Clark Kent and John Piper. Their reputation was firmly established as a live unit, travelling widely throughout Europe and also touring in Japan and North America. Chevalier left following the release of the 1985 debut Live & Jumping, and
although the remaining members carried on touring and recording the spark had gone out of the band. After disbanding in 1988, Gelato and Beaujolais enjoyed the most prominent solo careers. this is the first of two sessions for peel, put down on 23/03/1983. it's really good fun, and you should get drunk and dance around the room whilst listening. the audio quality is beyond compare; master-tape quality, in fact.
Delta 5 were a post-punk band from Leeds, England. The original members, Julz Sale (vocals/guitar), Ros Allen (bass) and Bethan Peters (bass), formed the band "on a lark", but soon became a part of the thriving Leeds post-punk scene, and later added Kelvin Knight on drums and Alan Riggs on guitar.
Combining feminist politics with a two-bass funk-punk sound (much in the style of another, more famous Leeds band, Gang of Four), they released their debut single in 1979, "Mind Your Own Business". This song was later covered by Chicks on Speed, Le Shok, R. Stevie Moore and Pigface. Bethan Peters went on to play on Fun Boy Three's second album, 'Waiting'. Delta 5 were also important figures in the Rock Against Racism movement, and were the subject of a highly publicized assault at the hands of a right-wing group affiliated with rival movement Rock Against Communism. After the release of second single "You", the band went on a successful tour of the US, and soon thereafter left Rough Trade for Charisma Records imprint Pre. They recorded their debut album, See the Whirl, which suffered from overly clean production, and received low marks both critically and commercially. Because of the failure of the album, the group disbanded. In 2006, Kill Rock Stars released a compilation of early material called Singles & Sessions 1979-1981, capitalizing on the reemerging popularity of post-punk bands like Gang of Four and Wire. The set includes a wealth of unreleased material. there were two sessions for our hero, this one was the first, recorded on 04/02/1980.
Patrik Fitzgerald is a singer-songwriter and an originator of folk punk. The son of working-class Irish immigrant parents, he began recording and performing during the punk rock movement in 1977, after working briefly as an actor.
in 1977 he was a regular customer at the Small Wonder record shop in London, and when Small Wonder launched a record label Fitzgerald was one of the first to submit a demo - and got a deal, with the new label releasing his first three EPs, the first being Safety-Pin Stuck In My Heart, still his best-known work, and one which he subtitles "a love song for punk music". Patrik became a regular performer at London Punk gigs, and supported The Jam on their national tour. hese early recordings attracted interest from Polydor who signed
him up to record his first LP, Grubby Stories in 1979, recorded with established punk musicians including Robert Blamire of Penetration and John Maher of the Buzzcocks. The LP contained 17 tracks, seven recorded with these musicians.
After being dropped by Polydor, he continued to play solo acoustic concerts, gradually forsaking the ironic, sarcastic mode for a more deeply-etched, darker formulation. here's the second of three sessions he did for john, recorded on 19/07/1978. one track, jarvis, is missing - apologies. if you have it, please send it to me.
Even As We Speak are an indie band from Sydney, Australia. Formed in the mid 1980s, founding members Matthew Love (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Mary Wyer (vocals, guitar) were later joined by Rob Irwin (bass) Anita Rayner (drums, banjo, mandolin), Paul Clarke (guitar, vocals) and Julian Knowles (keyboards, guitar, production). After a series of vinyl releases on Australian independent labels and success on the Australian indie scene they came to the attention of Peel, who started to play the band's 1987 indie guitar cover of New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle on his show. This brought them to the attention of UK audiences and began a relationship with UK indie label Sarah Records. The band released several singles and an album on Sarah, three of which reached the Top 5 of the UK independent music charts in 1992 and 1993. Their music is an unusual hybrid of accessible pop and more experimental elements. Some consider them to be key figures in the post-C86 subculture in the UK, although their music breaks out of conventional pop moulds to experiment with forms. Wyer formed a pop rock band, Her Name in Lights, which issued their debut album, Into the Light Again, in October 2004. Egg Records of Glasgow has compiled their five Australian vinyl singles into a 17-song CD,
A Three Minute Song is One Minute Too Long (2007). In recent years they reformed to play sporadic live shows and have been working on a new 5 track EP. here's the first of three peel sessions, taped on 09/01/1992.
Misty in Roots are a British roots reggae band formed in Southall, London in the mid 1970s. Their first album was 1979's Live at the Counter Eurovision, a record full of Rastafarian songs. It was championed by Peel, helping to bring roots reggae to a white audience. At this early stage the band was a collective with five lead singers and various musicians though by the time of the second album they had slimmed down to just three members. Along with Steel Pulse, Aswad, Matumbi, Cimarons and Black Slate,Misty in Roots were one of the most popular English reggae bands of the late 1970s. In 1979 Clarence Baker, a member of the collective, was severely beaten and injured by the SPG during a protest in Southall against a National Front march. punk activists The Ruts - who were partners of and had their debut single released by the People Unite co-operative - honoured him in their song "Jah War" which was released as a single and on their album The Crack the same year. Following
their debut long-player Misty in Roots released four studio albums throughout the 1980s, had two BBC Radio 2 "In Concert" appearances in 1983 and 1985 and were invited to play in Zimbabwe in 1982 in recognition of their support for the independence movement. They were the first reggae band to tour South Africa, Poland, and Russia. After a break from recording in the next decade they returned with a mini-album, Roots Controller, in 2002 and continue to play concerts as of 2014. our hero was a massive fan, giving them no less than nine sessions. this is the fifth, preserved on 15/12/1982.
Stretch were a 1970s British rock band that grew from the collaboration between Elmer Gantry (real name Dave Terry) and Kirby (real name Graham Gregory). Gantry was previously the frontman of Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera. Kirby was previously a member of Curved Air. The band was put together in 1974 with help from Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis and drummer Mick Fleetwood, to perform as Fleetwood Mac on a US tour because the existing Fleetwood Mac were not in a position to fulfil outstanding contractual obligations. However, Fleetwood did not join the tour as planned, denied any knowledge or involvement and partway through the tour it became obvious to audiences that there was no original member of Fleetwood Mac in the band, and the tour collapsed. Bass player Paul Martinez claimed, "Mick Fleetwood pulled out at the last minute claiming not to know who we were!" Stretch rose from the ashes of this debacle, and soon had a No. 16 hit single in November 1975 with "Why Did You Do It?", the lyric of which was a direct attack on Mick Fleetwood for his failure to join the group on the ill-fated tour. They followed this up with an album, Elastique. During the recording bass player Paul Martinez was sacked, and drummer Jim Russell left before the recording of the second album
You Can't Beat Your Brain for Entertainment due to musical differences. He was replaced by future Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich. Two more long-players followed but Gantry left before the last, Forget the Past. Another blow came in 1979 when manager Davis decided to withdraw his financial input, and the band eventually split up. In 1999 Italian DJ Gigi D'Agostino used distorted vocal samples from the first line of "Why Did You Do It?", in order to produce his own track Bla Bla Bla. The samples were deliberately used in a way that made the vocals make no sense. Stretch reformed in 2007 to coincide with a greatest hits collection (must have been a short compilation as they only had the one hit!)
and toured in support of the Jeff Healey Band. In 2011. They released their new album Unfinished Business, an 11 track recording including original songs, covers and a new version of "Why Did You Do It?". This is the second of three sessions they contributed to Peel's radio shows. it was immortalised on 29/04/1976.
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.