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
Boots for Dancing were a post-punk band from Edinburgh, Scotland, active between 1979 and 1982, and featuring several musicians from other notable groups. Showing influences from the likes of Gang of Four
and The Pop Group, they signed to the Pop Aural label for their eponymous debut single, receiving airplay from Peel. the second single was called Rain Song, issued in March 1981, and the third, Ooh Bop Sh'Bam, was released in early 1982. The band split up later that year. this is the first of two sessions for john, recorded on 17/11/1980.
Cochise were a seventies' English country rock band, a group more significant for who they included than what they produced. Singer Stewart Brown had grown up with Reggie Dwight, later Elton John, and co-founded the band Bluesology with him. After the demise of Cochise, Mick Grabham made a solo album in 1972 and joined Procol Harum the following year. B.J. Cole also recorded a solo album in 1972, called New Hovering Dog, before becoming an important session musician playing with Elton John, Uriah Heep and many others throughout the seventies. Rick Wills and John "Willie" Wilson played on David Gilmour's debut solo album in 1978. this rare session/performance was broadcast on 25/10/70 (i have no idea what the recording date was). I'm afraid two tracks are missing, for which, my apologies...and I'm not sure if the titles I've given to two of these tracks are correct - they're probably not! but at least we have most of the music, right? i dunno mate, i just do the washing-up around here.
The Frank Chickens are a Japanese group based in London who have performed songs mainly in English from 1982. They were nominated for the 1984 Edinburgh Comedy Award for their performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In the same year, their single "Blue Canary" was number 42 in Peel's Festive Fifty. The band recorded 28 songs over five sessions for Peel between 1983 and 1989. In 1989 they hosted a television chat show on Channel 4 entitled
Kazuko's Karaoke Klub. One of the founders of the group, Kazuko Hohki performs as a theatre artist and performance artist. She also sang with the group Kahondo Style who released 'My Heart’s In Motion' (1985) and 'Green Tea and
Crocodiles' (1987). There were five Frank Chickens albums issued between 1984 and 1994. here's the third of six sessions, taped on 14/03/1983.
Marine Research were an indie-rock/twee pop band based in Oxford and London (UK), formed in 1997 by four of the five members of Heavenly (Amelia Fletcher, Peter Momtchiloff, Cathy Rogers and Rob Pursey), following the suicide of Heavenly drummer Mathew Fletcher. The band were joined on drums by DJ Downfall (real name: John Stanley), who is also a solo recording artist. The band disbanded in 1999. Vocalist and keyboardist Cathy Rogers moved to the USA and became well known for producing and starring in the television show Junkyard Wars. Lead singer and songwriter Amelia Fletcher was also in Talulah Gosh and currently records with Tender Trap, alongside bassist Rob Pursey and drummer John Stanley. Guitarist Peter Momtchiloff now plays in Would-be-goods, Speed of Sound and Scarlet's Well. There was an album, Sounds From the GulfStream (1999). the only Marine research Peel session was immortalised on 18/04/1999. here it is!
New York City-based singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia began writing songs in 1993 and released her first album, Dogs, in 2000. Only 1,500 copies of the album were initially pressed, with Nastasia putting together the album packaging
herself in her apartment. Nastasia sold them at her shows, quickly selling all of them. By the end of the year 2000, the album was out of print. Peel took notice of the album (calling it "astonishing") after having been given a copy by Steve Albini. Peel began playing songs from it constantly. The album, as well as Nastasia, subsequently gained a cult following. She's released six albums, one in collaboration with Jim White. this is the first of no less than six peel sessions, put down on 03/05/2002.
Prince Far I was a rastafarian reggae deejay and producer, known for his gruff voice and critical assessment of the Jamaican government. His track Heavy Manners used lyrics against measures initiated towards violent crime. He was born Michael James Williams in Spanish Town, Jamaica. his first job in the music industry was as a deejay on the Sir Mike the Musical Dragon sound system,also working as a security guard at Joe Gibbs' studio, and later as a bouncer at Studio One, but after recording "The Great Booga Wooga" for Bunny Lee in 1969 (under the name King Cry Cry, a reference to his habit of breaking into tears when angered),
he got the chance in 1970 to record for Coxsone Dodd when King Stitt failed to turn up for a session. Dodd was sufficiently impressed to release the resulting recordings, Williams now using the name Prince Far I (at the suggestion of another producer he had worked with, Enos McLeod). With a unique deep bass voice and talkover style, preferring to describe himself as a "chanter" rather than a "toaster", he became a popular reggae musician, styling himself "The Voice of Thunder". His first album, Psalms For I, featuring the Lord's Prayer and various psalms, was dedicated to illiterates who were unable to read the Bible. He then worked with Joe Gibbs on the second album,
Under Heavy Manners, before being signed by Virgin Records for their Frontline label. Twelve albums followed between 1978 and 1981, including the highly regarded Cry Tuff Dub Encounter series of dub albums, produced by Williams and released on his Cry Tuff label, and featuring the Roots Radics under the pseudonym The Arabs. Spending an increasing amount of time in England, he collaborated with UK On-U Sound Records including providing vocals in the
reggae collective Singers & Players and may be considered a mentor figure to Adrian Sherwood. His final live performance took place on 7 December 1982 at Band on the Wall, Manchester, captured on his album Musical Revue.
In 1983 he provided vocals on Suns of Arqa's second LP Wadada Magic, and many of these vocal overdubs have been reused by the band repeatedly on a variety of tracks and remixes, ranging from their first album in 1980 to (so far)
2006. He is credited for vocals on the sleeve of each of the releases in question. Later that year (1983) he recorded the album Umkhonto We Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) with producer Roy Cousins in Kingston. Before the album was
finished he was shot at his home in Kingston, Jamaica, during a robbery, allegedly relating to a dispute over money, and died later in hospital. He is referred to by The Clash in their single "Clash City Rockers" and also by The Mountain
Goats in the song Sept. 15th 1983, a reference to the date of his death. i'm giving you the only session he did for peel, immortalised on 07/06/1978.
Section 25 are an English post-punk and electronic band, best known for the single "Looking From A Hilltop", with two different music videos, and their association with iconic Manchester record label Factory Records. They formed in Poulton-le-Fylde near Blackpool, Lancashire in 1977. Initially the band was a duo, consisting of brothers Larry Cassidy (bass, vocals) and Vincent Cassidy (drums). In June 1978 they made their live debut with Phil Denton on guitar.
Denton was briefly replaced by Duncan Jowitt, who was in turn replaced by Paul Wiggin. The three-piece group played many gigs in Britain and Northern Europe between 1979 and 1981, both as a headline act and with other Factory Records artists such as Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, Blurt, The Durutti Column, Crispy Ambulance and New Order. The group also released a self-produced second album, The Key of Dreams. However the original line-up split in September 1981. They would reassemble, much later. There have been eight Section 25 albums, released between 1981 and 2013. their only peel session was recorded on 13/01/1981.
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.