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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I can find no information whatever about the Bodies. if you can supply any, please get in touch pronto. they taped just the one session for uncle john, on 26/03/1980. and here, for your perusal, it is. blimey.
Extreme Noise Terror (often abbreviated to ENT) are a British grindcore band originally formed in Ipswich in 1985. They're widely considered one of the earliest and most influential European grindcore bands, and particularly the forefathers of the crustgrind subgenre. Notable for one of the earliest uses of dual vocalists in hardcore punk, Extreme Noise Terror started as a crust punk band and helped characterise the early, archetypal grindcore sound with fiercely political lyrics, grinding guitars, extremely fast tempo and often very short songs. here's the first of four session for our hero, put down on 10/11/1987.
When the english art-comedy troupe the bonzo Dog band split up in the very early seventies, drunk-but-genius-most-of-the-time writer, sculptor, vocalist, painter, poet and eccentric Vivian Stanshall went on to form various short-lived groups, including the Sean Head Showband, big gruntand the Freaks. this last one even managed to tape a session for peel: it's very rare indeed, and although two of the tracks are sadly missing we're lucky to have any of it at all. it was taped on 02/0/1971. if you have either or all of the missing tracks, please send them to me. go on, you know you want to.
English electronic fops the Human League formed in Sheffield in 1977. Dare (1981), the band's most popular album, yielded the single "Don't You Want Me", a No. 1 hit in the UK charts, the US and many other countries. After its UK success, their first single, "Being Boiled" was reissued and became a top ten hit at the beginning of 1982. The success of "Don't You Want Me" is seen as the beginning of the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US. Other international hits include: "Love Action", "Open Your Heart", "Mirror Man", "Fascination", "The Lebanon", "Human" (a US No. 1)
and "Tell Me When". The only constant band member since 1977 is vocalist and songwriter Phil Oakey. Originally an avant-garde all-male synthesizer-based group, The Human League evolved into a commercially successful synthpop band under Oakey's leadership. Since 1987, the band has essentially been a trio of Oakey and long-serving female vocalists Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley (both of whom joined the ensemble in 1980), with various sidemen. Since 1978, They've released nine studio albums, four EPs, 30 singles and several compilation albums. They've had five albums and eight singles in the UK Top 10 and have sold more than 20 million records. before commercial fame arrived, the original line-up taped their only peel session on 08/08/1978. here it is.
Lindisfarne are a British folk rock and progressive rock band from Newcastle upon Tyne established in 1968 (originally called Brethren). The original line-up comprised Alan Hull (vocals, guitar, piano), Ray Jackson (vocals, mandolin, harmonica), Simon Cowe (guitar, mandolin, banjo, keyboards),
Rod Clements (bass guitar, violin) and Ray Laidlaw (drums). They're best known for the albums Nicely Out of Tune (1970), Fog on the Tyne (1971) which became the biggest selling UK album in 1972, Dingly Dell (1972) and Back and Fourth (1978), also for the success of great hit singles such as
"Meet Me on the Corner", "Lady Eleanor", "Run For Home" and "We Can Swing Together". mr obscure's giving you the group's second peel session (of four) this month. it was immortalised on 08/05/1972.
The Tea Set formed at Watford Art College following the disbanding of The Bears. In the post-punk period between 1978 and 1982 they released a number of singles with various record labels, recorded an album that sat in the vaults for nearly 30 years, supported bands like The Clash, The Skids,
The Members and The Stranglers. and beyond that, I'm afraid i know fuck all about them. they recorded one session for the great broadcaster, on 25/03/1980.
The Weather Prophets (named after a line in the opening paragraph of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer) were a British indie band formed in London in 1986 after the break-up of The Loft. An early incarnation saw Creation Records head-honcho Alan McGee playing bass, but he soon reverted to manager as new members David Greenwood Goulding (bass) and Oisin Little (guitar) were recruited to complete the line up. The debut single, "Almost Prayed" (Creation, 1986), seemed to carry on where The Loft had left off; consequently both interest and critical approval were high for the record, and a second single was issued on Creation that same year. After a German mini-album, McGee signed them to Elevation Records - the WEA subsidiary with which he was associated. Expectations were high when the Lenny Kaye-produced Mayflower appeared in 1987, but the album was greeted with a mixed response by the critics and the band were eventually dropped from the label. All was not lost, however, as they eventually returned to Creation for a further album, Judges, Juries and Horsemen in 1988. By this time, Oisin Little had departed, and interest in the band had waned. A final single, "Always the Light", was issued before the band decided to split up. Following this, Pete Astor embarked upon a solo career and later recorded as Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound, while the two remaining members joined The Rockingbirds. An odds'n'ends compilation, Temperance Hotel, was released by Creation in 1989, with '87 Live appearing in 1991. Blue Skies & Freerides – The Best of 1986-1989 was issued by Cherry Red in 2004. here's the second of two sessions they preserved for peel. it was recorded on 02/11/1986.
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.