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
Bill Nelson's Red Noise, or more simply Red Noise, were formed by Bill Nelson (lead vocals, guitar), his brother Ian (saxophone), Andy Clark (keyboards), Rick Ford (bass) and Steve Peer (drums) in late 1978 after bill dissolved Be-Bop Deluxe. Clark had also been a member of that band while Ian Nelson had collaborated on the song "Ships In The Night" from the Sunburst Finish album (1976). Peer was previously in TV Toy. Red Noise released only one album, the seminal Sound - On - Sound, plus two singles, "Furniture Music" and "Revolt Into Style", in 1979. After that, Bill Nelson continued as a solo artist, with the collaboration of Clark and his brother Ian. Rick Ford played with Hazel O'Connor and Joe Jackson and now composes soundtrack music for the entertainment industry in California; while Steve Peer is with a band called Puzzle Monkey. Red Noise is considered by some Be-Bop fans as a Be-Bop Deluxe continuation because of Sound - On - Sound 's similarity to the emerging electronic character of Be-Bop's final studio album, Drastic Plastic, released the previous year. A 1979 interview with Bill hints that several of the Sound - On - Sound compositions were written during his Be-Bop Deluxe days and would probably have been included in any Be-Bop album that might have followed Drastic Plastic if that band had remained together. However, he also makes clear that he regarded Red Noise as an escape from Be-Bop Deluxe rather than its continuation: "Drastic Plastic was the last ditch attempt to get the band to change a bit but it was difficult for people to accept." When touring England to promote the album, Red Noise did not play any Be-Bop songs. In a 1984 interview, Nelson revealed that he had recorded a second Red Noise album immediately after Sound - On - Sound but that his record company didn't like it: "EMI wouldn't release it, and it sat on the shelf." Nelson's manager eventually purchased three of the unreleased songs back from EMI so that Nelson could release them as a solo artist under his own label, Cocteau Records. One of these was Do You Dream In Colour, which received generous radio airplay and press coverage for its original music video. This attracted the attention of Phonogram, who secured the remaining tracks for Cocteau in order to release the full album, Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam, credited simply to "Bill Nelson", in 1981. this amazing group only taped one bbc session - and it wasn't for john peel. it was actually for the Friday Rock Show, recorded on 17/03/1979 and broadcast on23/03/1979. it's fucking brilliant. and here it is, for you, for free! (To read my own review of the jaw-droppingly incredible Sound - On -Sound album, go to http://www.punkbrighton.co.uk/sjnr03.html)
Dr. Feelgood were a British pub rock band formed in 1971. The name derives from a slang term for heroin or for a doctor willing to overprescribe drugs. Like many pub rock acts, Dr. Feelgood were known primarily for their high energy live performances, although studio albums like Down by the Jetty (1974) and Malpractice (1975) were also popular. Their breakthrough 1976 live album, Stupidity, reached number one in the UK Albums Chart (their only chart-topper). But after the follow-up Sneakin' Suspicion, Johnson left the group due to perceived conflicts with Lee Brilleaux. He was replaced by John 'Gypie' Mayo. With Mayo, the band was never as popular as with Johnson, but still enjoyed their only Top Ten hit single in 1979, with "Milk and Alcohol". Johnson never achieved any great success outside of the band, apart from a brief spell with Ian Dury and The Blockheads from 1980, fans always speculated about a return by Johnson that never occurred. There were three peel sessions: this is their second, immortalised on 20/09/1977.
Girls at Our Best! were a post-punk group, founded in Leeds, England in 1979 under the name The Butterflies, who had several UK Indie Chart hits. The group initially consisted of vocalist Judy "Jo" Evans, guitarist James "Jez" Alan, bassist Gerard "Terry" Swift, and drummer Chris Oldroyd. The band took its new name from a line in their track "Warm Girls", which first appeared on their self-financed 1980 debut single coupled with "Getting Nowhere Fast" on their own Record Records. it reached No. 9 on the UK Indie Chart, and was followed up by their second single, "Politics" c/w "It's Fashion!", also initially released on Record Records, but picked up by Rough Trade Records, reaching No. 12. Oldroyd departed to join Music for Pleasure, and was replaced briefly by the British musician Paul Simon. Simon was in turn replaced by Darren Carl Harper before the next single, "Go for Gold" c/w "I'm Beautiful Now" on Happy Birthday Records, which was their biggest indie chart hit, reaching No. 4. In October 1981, the group released an album, Pleasure. The late Rod Johnson shared drumming duties with Harper, who had left the band. The album, the first to be released on the Happy Birthday label, came complete with a "Pleasure Bag" of stickers and postcards. Pleasure reached No. 2 on the indie chart and No. 60 on the UK Album Chart. The band's fourth single, "Fast Boyfriends" c/w "This Train," was released that same year. A final single, "Heaven", was issued in 1982, the band splitting later that year. Alan joined Sexbeat and later The Tall Boys. Evans made a guest appearance on Thomas Dolby's The Golden Age of Wireless album in 1982 (Dolby had guested on synthesizer on Pleasure). Girls at Our Best! recorded one session for Peel, on 17 February 1981 and broadcast on the 23rd of February. This was released as a 12" single in 1987 (Strange Fruit Records SFPS029). entitled "Getting Beautiful Warm Gold Fast from Nowhere" on the B-side. There was a further BBC session for Richard Skinner, taped on 23-2-81, now hard to find. however, mr obscure has a copy and here it is - for you.
Despite nominally sound credentials - Miles Copeland's mentorship, a 1980 Peel Session, personnel links to Alternative TV, shared bills with the Cure and the Birthday Party - the Lines remained a marginal footnote in the postpunk fallout. However, there's more than enough
evidence on their output between 1978 and 1982 to suggest that they were actually very inventive indeed. Their earliest recordings serve as a reminder that, for all its no-future provocation, punk's amateur aesthetic provided refuge for artists looking to recapture a not-so-distant past - specifically, a bygone 1967 when bands like the Kinks, the Who and Pink Floyd would let their whimsy run wild before fossilizing into arena rock. While the breathy melody of 1978 debut single "White Night" makes frontman Rico Conning's debt to
Ray Davies' plain, the lo-fi production, rickety drum beat and askew blues riff mark the Lines as a definite product of their era, and perhaps a more contemporary one, too: in ampheta-mod rave-ups like "Uneasy Affair", you can hear precursors to the Arctic Monkeys' scrappy pub-punk.a number of classic singles, EP's and a couple of albums followed before the group split in 1982. here's their second (and last) session for the great broadcaster, immortalised on 20/01/1981 .
The Boys are an English punk rock band formed in London in 1976. They were born when singer/guitarist Matt Dangerfield left the fledgling punk band London SS in September 1975 to form a new band with ex-Hollywood Brats keyboard player Casino Steel. Dangerfield’s art college
friend, guitarist Honest John Plain, was soon recruited and in June 1976, two of Plain’s co-workers at a t-shirt printing company, bassist Duncan "Kid" Reid and drummer Jack Black, successfully auditioned to complete the line-up. Steel (ex-Hollywood Brats) and Dangerfield played in the London SS together, a group which at some point included future members of The Clash, The Damned, Chelsea and Generation X. Dangerfield had converted his rented basement apartment in Maida Vale into a home recording studio where they recorded early on. The band played their first gig at the Hope and Anchor pub in Islington, London in September 1976. Notable attendees in the crowd included; Mick Jones, Billy Idol, Tony James and Gene October. After a handful of concerts, The Boys signed to NEMS in January 1977, and were at that time the only British punk band to have a record deal (The Sex Pistols having just been dismissed by EMI). Their first release was the single "I Don't Care", and in support of that release, they toured with John Cale of the Velvet Underground. Their 16-track debut album, The Boys, was recorded in early May 1977. However, the album's commercial release was delayed until the 9th September, which the band has blamed on the record company's "incompetence". The album eventually reached No. 50 in the UK Album Charts. A second single, the oustanding First Time — universally hailed as one of the greatest punk tracks of all time - was released on 27th July 1977. As a result Peel invited The Boys to recorded a session for his show, which became 'Single Of The Week' in Sounds magazine. The single was steadily climbing the chart, until 16 August 1977 when Elvis Presley died. The Boys' records were distributed by RCA Records, who switched all their resources into satisfying the huge posthumous demand for Elvis Presley records. They released a second album on NEMS, the utterly sublime Alternative Chartbusters (1978), and toured in support of it with the Ramones. They then moved to Safari records in 1979: two albums and five singles followed before they broke up in the summer of 1981. Every Christmas, they rearranged the "B" and the "Y" in their name and became The Yobs, releasing four singles one album; 1980s Christmas Album. In this incarnation, the band members used the pseudonyms Noddy Oldfield, Ebenezer Polak, Kid Vicious and H. J. Bedwetter. On 31 July and 1 August 1999, four out of five original members, along with Steve "Vom" Ritchie (replacing Jack Black on drums, who was busy with his own band) played concerts in Japan. In September 2000, this new lin-eup played at the 'Holidays in the Sun Festival' in Bilbao, Spain. Original drummer Jack Black made a guest appearance and filmed the concert. It was the first time in 18 years that the five original band members had been reunited on stage. In 2006, the band again performed concerts, including their first shows in London in 25 years. In June 2012 they went into Rock On Studios in Annecy, France to record their first brand new album since 1981's Boys Only. here's that first peel session, put down on 03/08/1977.
Principal Edwards Magic Theatre were a 14-member communal performance art collective in the UK made up of musicians, poets, dancers, and sound and lighting technicians.The collective was originally formed at the University of Exeter in the late 1960s, later based at a farmhouse in Kettering, Northamptonshire. The group were signed to Peel's Dandelion label and a single, "The Ballad of a Big Girl Now", was released in 1969. two albums on dandelion followed - Soundtrack and The Asmoto Running Band - the second of which was produced by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. The sometimes whimsical, sometimes epic (verging on progressive rock) writing style of guitarist Root Cartwright, was paired with the eclectic lyrical contributions of David Jones, Gillian Hadley and Monica Nettles, and was performed by vocalist Vivienne McAuliffe. The violin and recorders of Bindy Bourquin were another key element of the group's trademark sound. Lyn Edwards, originally on bongos, took over on the drumkit. Later, with a smaller nucleus (including new bassist Richard Jones from Climax Blues Band) and a name-change to, simply, Principal Edwards, they recorded a few singles and a third album, Round One, for Deram Records. Most of the Deram recordings were also produced by Nick Mason. mr obscure is giving you a rare Top Gear broadcast of a session recorded on 27/04/1969.
Dour but gifted scottish postpunks tv21 recorded a couple of well received singles on their own Powerbeat label then signed to the Deram label (part of decca) in 1981. The band recorded a string of singles including the semi-hit Snakes & Ladders, as well as appearing on the Old Grey Whistle Test and supporting the Rolling Stones in 1982. but after continuing lack of success and arguments with the record company they fell apart in 1982. one track from this session, waiting for the drop, is missing: if you have this, please send it to me in an email. here's the first of their two peel sessions, taped on 22/10/1980.
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.