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
An obscure band from Liverpool here in the UK, Barbel released one mini-album and a 12" single, recorded two excellent Peel Sessions and then disappeared.
The mini-album was called One Horse Planet and was issued on Pink Moon Records. According to Ken Garner's "The Peel Sessions" book, the line up of Greg Milton,
Alison Williams, Roger Sinek and David Morgan was augmented on their second session by Simon Breed (who I assume to be the same Simon Breed from Breed who
taped four Peel Sessions of their own). Greg Milton later joined Dead Cowboys (alongside members of Benny Profane), releasing two albums. Apparently Barbel did
a 'cracking' version of "Winchester Cathedral" on a 60's covers compilation. anyway, enjoy the group's first - of two - sessions for our hero, recorded on 02/01/1990.
The Comsat Angels were an English post-punk band from Sheffield England, initially active from 1978 to 1995. Their music has been described as "abstract pop songs with spare instrumentation, many of which were bleak and filled with some form of heartache".
They have been credited as being an influence to later post-punk revival bands such as Blacklist, Bell Hollow, Editors and Interpol. The Comsat Angels toured heavily in the UK and in western Europe, especially in the Netherlands. They also toured the United States twice. Their music - nine studio albums between 1980 and 1995 - has been extensively reissued and recompiled since 1995 by various record labels. this is the third of four sessions for John, taped on 03/02/1981.
the American garage-rock cover band The Detroit Cobras come from Detroit, Michigan, and were formed in 1994. They signed with Sympathy records and released their first full-length album, Mink Rat or Rabbit, in 1998, followed three years later by a second long-player, Life, Love and Leaving. Their retro-garage rock formula proved popular in the UK and prompted Rough Trade to sign the band. They released an EP, Seven Easy Pieces,
in 2003, their third album, Baby, in 2005 and In April 2007 their fourth full-length, Tied & True. there were a couple of sessions for uncle john, and here's the first, recorded on 13/02/2003.
Flesh for Lulu were a rock band formed in Brixton, London, UK, active between 1982 and 1992 (they took their name from an American cult movie). Their music was a mix of the New York Dolls and Rolling Stones with gothic rock's gloomy atmosphere and aesthetics. They signed to Polydor Records in 1983 but were dropped a year later after their eponymous first album failed to find any commercial success. In 1985 they signed to Hybrid Records and released a mini LP, Blue Sisters Swing, which was produced with Craig Leon. The cover image which depicted two nuns kissing, resulting in the album being banned in the United States and Europe. Flesh for Lulu then joined Statik records, who released Big Fun City later that year. The following year, the band signed to Beggars Banquet , and their song "I Go Crazy" was featured in Some Kind of Wonderful and saw some airplay on American college rock radio stations. This allowed the band to sustain a successful tour of the US. In 1989, "Decline and Fall" followed and became a top 15 hit on the new Modern Rock Tracks chart. The next year, "Time and Space" became their biggest US hit, hitting the top 10 of the Modern Rock chart, but the song failed to chart on any other US chart. The band were dropped again, and dissolved soon afterwards. The song "Postcards from Paradise" was covered by Paul Westerberg as a secret bonus track on his 2002 album "Stereo". here's their only peel session, taped on 21/08/1982.
Frankfurter might have been an off-shoot project of thrashy absurdists the stupids. their only peel session was put down on 16/04/1987.
the Happy Flowers were an American group formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1983 by two members of the Landlords, John Beers ("Mr. Horribly Charred Infant", drums, vocals) and Charlie Kramer ("Mr. Anus", guitar, vocals), both students at the University of Virginia. This duo combines improvisational, noisy punk guitar and drums with lyrics often written in the first person from the perspective of a child, with childlike intonation and grammar. Their songs are mainly about freak childhood accidents and common childhood gripes. There were four albums between 1987 and 1990. there was just the one session for the great broadcaster, preserved forever on 28/06/1990.
The Wedding Present are a British indie rock group based in Leeds, England, formed in 1985 from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. The band's music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock in the vein of their most obvious influences The Fall, Buzzcocks and Gang of Four to more varied forms. Throughout their career, they have been led by vocalist and guitarist David Gedge, the band's only constant member. they issued eight albums between 1987 and 2012. there were nine sessions for devoted fan john peel. here's the sixth, recorded on 24/05/1988.
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.