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
Apart from their line-up (Mark Adams, Vocals and Synthesizer, The Tanz, Bass and Lead Guitar, Leon Thompson, Rhythm Guitar and Tony Cobley, Drums) 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.
Cop Shoot Cop formed in New York City in 1987 and disbanded in 1996. They were frequently classified as industrial rock, with a line-up that encompassed twin bass guitars, found metal percussion, and no lead guitar whatsoever. The group had little mainstream success (scoring a few hits on college radio), despite tours with Iggy Pop and music videos on MTV's Headbanger's Ball and 120 Minutes. They released four albums and twelve EP/singles. They retain a cult following, however, and their out-of-print releases sometimes sell for large amounts among fans. The first of their two Peel sessions was taped on 26/02/1991.
Dawn of the Replicants are a Scottish indie quintet from Galashiels. Initially a duo (Paul Vickers and Roger Simian), they released a mail-order EP, So Far So Spitfire, in December 1996. Peel and Mark Radcliffe gave it substantial airplay. DOTR expanded to a quintet and a second self-released single followed in the summer of 1997. They signed for East West Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Before the close of the year a few more EPs followed and The Times newspaper declared them the 'best new band of 1997'. The 1998 single "Candlefire", taken from their debut album reached number 52 in the UK Singles Chart. The follow-up,
"Hogwash Farm" peaked at number 65. That summer the band played both the Glastonbury and Reading Festivals. Peel aired five sessions, four as Dawn of the Replicants plus a one-off session which Vickers and Simian recorded as side project, Pluto Monkey, which is also featured this month. The band's single, "Science Fiction Freak", taken from the second Replicants' album, made Peel's 'Festive 50' in 1999. The album sold less well than its predecessor and Warners bade them farewell. In 2000 Vickers and Simian released an album and two singles of electronica as the aforementioned Pluto Monkey. After a break DOTR returned with a third album and a live tour in 2002. In 2005 they played at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. In recent years they have also recorded sessions for Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music. There were four sessions for Uncle John (he liked them). Here's the first, recorded on 12/08/1997.
Flying Saucer Attack are an English experimental outfit formed in Bristol in 1992 and led by songwriter David Pearce. Rachel Brook (now Rachel Coe) of Movietone was a member during their early incarnation; other musicians contributing to their recordings and live performances included Rocker (The Flatmates), Matt Elliott (aka the Third Eye Foundation) and Sam Jones (of Crescent). Drawing on sources such as krautrock, folk and dream pop the group referred to their DIY sound as "rural psychedelia" and were associated with the contemporary post-rock and shoegazing scenes. FSA were able to create a small but enthusiastic fanbase and were notable for recording most of their output at home, avoiding recording studios. There have been five albums and eleven singles. Now you can enjoy their second Peel session (there were two), immortalised on 01/03/1996.
Pluto Monkey were an artistic aside for Paul Vickers and Roger Simian, who were usually found spearheading Scottish indie rock quintet Dawn of the Replicants (see above for details). their only session for john was taped on 23/02/2000.
Robert Lloyd was the lead singer with The Nightingales and formerly The Prefects. When The Nightingales split in 1986, Lloyd embarked on a solo career, initially signing to In-Tape before signing to Virgin Records in 1989 and releasing the album Me and My Mouth. The album featured Steve Nieve and Pete Thomas (of The Attractions), Andy Scott (of The Sweet) and Craig Gannon (formerly of The Smiths), but for the tour to promote the album, Lloyd
had to recruit a new band which included former Nightingales guitarist Peter 'The Tank' Byrchmore (who also played on the album). The Nightingales re-formed in 2004. Lloyd now has a son called Louis, and continues to reside
in the West Midlands. Lloyd also fronts his own Big Print record label, promoting new musicians, including Hotpants Romance, Derek & His Bricks and Joe Crow. the one-off peel session with his new four seasons was recorded on 10/03/1987. here it is, for you.
The Stupids were/are an English hardcore punk band formed in Ipswich in the 1980s. They released four albums and six EPS and and toured the USA, Europe, the UK, and most recently, Japan. They've featured on a number of CD re-issues, compilation albums and collector singles. A live video tape, Drive-In Hit Movie, was released shortly after the band broke up in 1989. After the split Tommy Stupid went on to forge a new career in drum and bass as Klute. Of the other members, Wolfie Retard continued with Perfect Daze and Lovejunk, while Ed Shred formed Sink (later Big Ray); both also played together in Chocolate. Ed currently plays in Dealing With Damage. The Stupids reformed in 2008 in time for a comprehensive reissues series of their output, resulting in six CD and LP reissues of their back catalogue. In 2009 they released their first studio album in 20 years, The Kids Don't Like it, on Boss Tuneage. 2011 saw the release of Japanese Vacation, to coincide with a tour of Japan. here's the second of their three sessions for our hero, commited to tape on 12/05/1987.
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.