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
Band of Susans were an American noise rock band formed in New York in 1986. They were Robert Poss (guitar/vocals), Susan Stenger (bass/vocals), Ron Spitzer (drums), with Susan Lyall (guitar), Susan Tallman (guitar), and Alva Rogers (vocals). The band would undergo several permutations over the years, usually involving guitarists. Poss, Stenger, and Spitzer were the core members throughout their duration. between 1986 and 1996 they issued five albums and four singles but imploded in '96. this is the first of two peel sessions, taped on 04/10/1988.
The Jamaican musician Eek-A-Mouse was one of the first reggae artists to be described as a "singjay." He began his career when he was in college, releasing two roots reggae singles under his own name, which were produced by his mathematics tutor, Mr. Dehaney. These early works were influenced by the music of Pablo Moses. He then went on to work for various sound systems over the next few years and also released a few more singles. He adopted the stage name "Eek-A-Mouse" in 1979, taking the name of a racehorse he always bet on; it was a nickname his friends had used for some time. He began recording for Joe Gibbs in 1979,
having a hit straight away with Once a Virgin, now showing the influence of Ranking Joe, and this was soon followed with Wa-Do-Dem (produced by Douglas Boothe), and Modelling Queen, which began an association with Linval Thompson, who produced his debut Bubble Up Yu Hip album. By the end of 1980 he had linked up with producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes, with whom he had big hits in 1981 with the likes of Virgin Girl and a recut Wa-Do-Dem. In 1981 he was the star of the Reggae Sunsplash Festival, cheering audiences still mourning over the death of Bob Marley. His association with Lawes led to a string of successful singles and albums.
In the second half of the decade his popularity began to wane and he targeted the United States with the Assassinator album in 1985 (his first US release). He also travelled to the United Kingdom to record The King and I the
same year, the album targeted at the rock crossover audience to which he had begun to appeal. His 1988 album Eek-A-Nomics saw him begin to establish himself with an international audience, spawning a club hit with The Freak,
and he was signed by Island Records in 1989. He returned to prominence with 1991's U-Neek album, which continued the rock-oriented style, including a cover version of Led Zeppelin's D'yer Mak'er. He went through an inactive
period before returning in 1996 with the Black Cowboy album. here's the first of two sessions he taped for uncle john, recorded on 10/10/1983.
In the summer of 1970 Irish singers, folk musicians and husband and wife Gay and Terry Woods joined Dr. Strangely Strange, Ireland's version of the Incredible String Band. They gigged in Holland and Germany. The band fell apart shortly afterwards. Terry Woods returned to Ireland to work on his new project, The Woods Band. They recorded their only album in 1971. The record label, Greenwich, collapsed after the band had toured with Greenslade. The album received good reviews but poor sales, and original copies are now collecter's items. Reduced to a duo Gay and Terry recorded four albums from 1975 to 1978, and a single. The songs are mostly their own compositions, with accompaniment on dulcimer, banjo and acoustic and electric guitars. here's their second and last session for peel, put down on 28/03/1978.
Liverpudlian singer-songwriter John Jenkins and his pal John Gillin left Come in Tokio in 1983 on the brink of Record Company interest after three BBC Radio Sessions (two for Peel and one for Kid Jensen ) to form The Persuaders - the name came from the TV series starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis. Joining the two Johns were Dave Price (bass) Brian Farrell (drums) and Tony Upham (vocals). Two BBC Radio Sessions followed in 1984 and 1985 - one for Peel and one for Janice Long - before Upham was replaced in late 1985 by John Kennedy. Record company interest came from Virgin and Chrysalis but nothing
happened. By early 1989 the band were off the road whilst Jenkins wrote new material, at the request of their management company. However, John Kennedy left to start his own group, South of the River, and John Jenkins
decided to retire from music. here's that one and only session for peel, taped on 16/12/1984.
English rock band Shriekback were formed in Kentish Town, London, in 1981 by Barry Andrews, and Dave Allen, expanding to a trio with the addition of Carl Marsh. They enjoyed some success on the dance chart on their original Y Records label, and had a string of hits on the UK Indie Chart, while their debut album, Care (1983) was picked up
by Warner in the United States. They left Y for Arista Records for 1984's Jam Science, also recruiting drummer Martyn Barker. The album reached number 85 on the UK Albums Chart, and the single "Hand on my Heart" charted in the Top 60 in the UK. They recorded the 1985 album Oil & Gold on Arista (released on Island Records in the USA). Marsh left during the recording and was replaced on guitar by Mike Cozzi, with Andrews taking over lead vocals. Shriekback also left Arista and signed to Island Records for whom they recorded the 1986 album Big Night Music, after which Allen left to rejoin Gang of Four, and Shriekback remained a collaborative centred on Andrews. Allen would also go on to play in King Swamp and The Elastic Purejoy. Marsh was also in the band Happyhead. After a further album in 1988, Go Bang!, the band split up. Andrews continued working on other projects before re-forming Shriekback in 1992, although after the single "The Bastard Sons of Enoch" and album Sacred City, there would be no further releases until 2000's Naked Apes & Pond Life album. Both Allen and Marsh returned to the studio to contribute to the recording of the 2003 release Having a Moment. Since then , Andrews has recorded three albums for Malicious Damage (Killing Joke's original label) under the Shriekback moniker. Film director Michael Mann was a fan, and used several of their songs in his films Manhunter and Band of the Hand, and in his television series Miami Vice.Shriekback are still actively producing music. there were three sessions for the great broadcaster. this is the first, put down on 26/07/1982.
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 their penultimate outing, recorded on 14/10/1990.
the werefrogs formed in 1988 and played shows in and around New York City and the suburbs. Notable venues include The Beat (debut) and 7 Willow in Port Chester. Band members formed the Part Trance record label and released two 7" singles, It's Real and Pearl Baby Flower. Later the group visited the U.K. and eventually signed with Ultimate Records. They went on to record 3 EPs and 2 albums, only one of which Swing, was released on Ultimate. They toured the U.K. with various bands including the Kitchens of Distinction; Their last major tour was with Radiohead, on the 'Creep' tour, of the eastern U.S. After this they returned to the UK for a final time, performing in support of Yo La Tengo. After disbanding, members went on to form or become members of other groups such as Memphis Luxure
Memphis Luxure II, Tower Recordings, Planet TR, Mice Parade, The Lines. this is the only session they taped for the great broadcaster, recorded on 08/02/1993. incidentally, i couldn't work out which title was the right one for the right track, regarding Potvan and Slovenia. if i've fucked it up, then, sorry...
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.