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
The english singer-songwriter, poet and musician Carol Ann Grimes spent her early life as a busker. She eventually realised her talent one day in 1964 outside a pub in Hastings Old Town. Carol Grimes came to prominence in 1969 as a member of Delivery, associated with the Canterbury Scene. During the 1970s she performed regularly on the London blues circuit with her group The London Boogie Band. At the same time she released her first solo album Warm Blood, the first release on the Virgin's Caroline label (CA2001), backed by session musicians in London and Nashville. The cover was taken in her Notting Hill flat. The following year saw the release of a follow-up blues album recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis and Goodyear Studios in Nashville which pictured her on the cover alongside her son Sam. By the end of the decade, Grimes had moved to a more jazz-inspired style, including a lot of scat singing. In 1984 she formed Eyes Wide Open. Now known mainly as a solo artist she also does theatrical work and teaches voice. carol taped just the one, now rare, session for our hero, on 04/07/1974. and here it is. blimey.
Cinerama were a UK indie pop band, headed up by David Gedge, the frontman for The Wedding Present. Originally formed in 1998 while on a break from The Wedding Present, Cinerama started as a duo of Gedge and his then-girlfriend Sally Murrell. The initial releases were a break from previous Gedge records as they featured soundtrack-like arrangements and string and woodwind accompaniment. Live performances included a lot of musicians to play these orchestral/pop songs. Over the years though the sound changed back to more of a rock sound, especially once some of The Wedding Present songs were incorporated into the live set. Around 2003 Murrell and Gedge split up and she then left the band. Eventually during the recording of what became Take Fountain, Gedge decided that the sound had changed so much that it would be better released under The Wedding Present name, and so Cinerama were finished although the same musicians carried on. Most Wedding Present set lists in recent years have included at least one Cinerama song. Although Cinerama officially no longer exists, a band perform a short set under the name at each of David Gedge's "At the edge of.." festivals. The line up usually comprises the current Wedding Present lineup but with the musicians switching their usual instruments. peel was a massive Gedge fan, and gave Cinerama ten sessions. this is the sixth, put down on 12/07/2000.
The late Dembo Konte and his friend Kausu Kuyateh were master kora players from West Africa. They were also singers and above all, jalis; storytellers and guardians of ora tradition, preserving the history of people and events via their music. Stories and history are passed down from generation to generation by this method within families and groups of friends, ensuring survival of such stories for centuries. The jali sings the praises of his friends and benefactors, warns the politicians of their errors and admonishes the listeners to live right. Their music encapsulates the Mandinka culture. Konte and Kuyateh took the kora to a new level, having modified their instruments to expand the range by adding extra bass strings to the classic 21 -string harp-like instrument. Their repertoire included Mamma Manneh, a rolling dance tune from the Wolof tradition and Saliya, one of the oldest songs written for the kora. Since 1987 they toured worldwide and their albums have been acclaimed as the most accessible from this tradition. In 1998 journalist and World Music proponent Charlie Gillett stated "Nothing is ever quite the same after the first time you hear a kora played live in a West African setting. Dembo Konte was the musician who opened my ears, and he made these recordings with Kausu Kuyateh soon afterwards. They still sound powerful and raw, evocative and timeless." Usually performing as a duo, Konte (from The Gambia) and Kuyateh (from Senegal) also collaborated with British musicians to create a fusion of West African and western musical styles, retaining the kora and their voices as the primary centres of attention. In 1989 they toured the UK and collaborated that year with Hijaz, Houzam, and Sabah Habas from 3 Mustaphas 3. The main feature of the resultant album (Jali Roll) is the duo's vocals and kora, but once John Kirkpatrick's button accordion comes in, it creates a mood which belongs to neither Europe nor Africa. This album was chosen by British music magazines Q and Vox for World Music Album of the Year. Their only peel session was immortalised on 05/09/1989. here it is.
The British singer/songwriter and guitarist Pete Wylie is best known as the leader of the band variously known as Wah!,Wah! Heat, Shambeko! Say Wah!, JF Wah!, The Mighty Wah! and Wah! The Mongrel. He was credited by Melody Maker with coining "rockism". Wylie was born in Liverpool. He began his career in 1977 with lead vocalist Ian McCulloch and bassist Julian Cope, with whom he formed the Crucial Three, which lasted from May to June the same year. In September, he and Cope formed a short-lived band alongside Pete Burns, The Mystery Girls. In December 1977 he joined The Spitfire Boys who dissolved the same month. Wylie and two of the band, Pete Griffiths and Peter Clarke, formed the same month, The Nova Mob, alongside Julian Cope. The band lasted until May 1978. In August, he joined established local band Crash Course (December 1977 – January 1979) after seeing them supporting Big in Japan at Eric's club. In the same month the band recorded three tracks at Liverpool's Open Eye demo studios: 'Someone Different' (with which The Glass Torpedoes had a minor hit in mid 1979), 'Tears of a Clown' (the Smokey Robinson song), and 'Look Now'. Crash Course disbanded in January 1979. Active from 1979, Wylie and company garnered critical acclaim throughout 1980 for the singles "Better Scream" and "Seven Minutes to Midnight" (both as Wah! Heat), the latter being single of the week in the NME, Sounds and Melody Maker during spring 1980, and the 1981 Warner Bros. album Nah Poo!The Art of Bluff (as Wah!). Their biggest hit single was "The Story of the Blues", released in late 1982 and reaching number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. A follow-up was released in 1983 but found limited success. Next, Wylie released an officially sanctioned "official bootleg" of new and old songs entitled The Maverick Years 1980–81 on his own label. Clad in a cover that alluded to the early 1970s "Trade Mark of Quality" bootlegs, the record appeared as a white label with a blank outer cover and a sheet attached with sleeve notes by music journalist Adam Sweeting. This release did not shore up Wylie's dwindling fortunes and Wah! were subsequently dropped by WEA. In 1984 the Mighty Wah! had a Top 20 hit with "Come Back." The accompanying album, recorded for Beggars' Banquet, was titled A Word to the Wise Guy. It was critically acclaimed but sold poorly and the band were again dropped. By 1986, having ditched his backing ensemble, Wylie had a solo hit with "Sinful!", which peaked at number 13 in the UK. "Sinful!" became the title track of his 1987 solo album. In 1990, the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu released a limited edition (between 350 and 500 copies) white label version of "It's Grim Up North" featuring Wylie on vocals. This version was a club-only release. The main version was released in October 1991 with Bill Drummond on vocals, making the charts. Creative cracks had begun to appear by 1991, when the collaboration with the Farm on "Sinful! (Scary Jiggin' With Dr Love)" did little for either of the rival camps. In 1991, Wylie toured the UK in support of the Infamy! album with a band featuring Joe McKechnie on drums and Peter Baker on keyboards. On 11 November of that year Wylie suffered a near fatal fall when a railing gave way in Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool. He fractured both his spine and his sternum. A long period of rehabilitation ensued. He began to write songs again and sent demos to David Balfe, formerly of the Teardrop Explodes, founder of Food Records and by that time general manager and Head of A&R of Sony's Columbia label. There were reports that Balfe was so impressed he quickly gave Wylie £750,000 to record the songs, which Wylie did in London and Memphis, delivering Songs of Strength and Heartbreak to a delighted Balfe in 1998. Wylie quickly formed a new band line up recruiting Mike Joyce and bass player Danny Lunt. The band relocated to London to record the new album Songs Of Strength and Heartbreak at Abbey Road Studios with producers Mike Hedges and Peter Collins. The truth appears somewhat different as the album – despite being finished up to the point where artwork was finalised and discs had been sent out for review – was rejected by Sony. He found it difficult to acquire the master tapes and was without a recording contract. Eventually he was handed the tapes and Castle Records released the album. 2000 heralded a compilation album entitled The Handy Wah! Whole. Wylie joined Dead Men Walking, featuring Mike Peters of the Alarm, Kirk Brandon of Spear of Destiny and Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols. They toured extensively, performing old songs as well as new. In 2003 Wylie's voice was featured on the Apollo 440 track "1234." Following an invitation from Alejandro Escovedo, Wylie performed at the 2006 South by Southwest festival in the United States at Austin, Texas. His next project was a twin album release with the working titles Pete Sounds and SLiME, both puns on mid 1960s Beach Boys projects. Although he sold demos of some of the new songs at gigs in 2004, he remains without a recording contract. there were six sessions for peel. here's the fifth, recorded on 22/08/1984.
Peter Hammill is an English singer-songwriter and a founding member of the progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator. Noted for his vocal abilities, his main instruments are guitar and piano. He also acts as a record producer for his own recordings, and occasionally for other artists.Hammill's solo career has coexisted with Van der Graaf Generator's activities. The band was offered a contract by Mercury Records in 1968 that only Hammill signed. When Van der Graaf Generator broke up in 1969 he wanted to record his first solo album. In the summer of 1969 Hammill had a residency at The Lyceum and played weekly solo concerts there. Eventually the intended solo album was released under the Van der Graaf Generator banner as their first album (The Aerosol Grey Machine). Hammill's first real solo album was Fool's Mate (1971), containing songs from the early (1967/68) Van der Graaf Generator days. It was the first of 33 albums over four decades. here's the fourth of five sessions for our hero, taped on 13/04/1977.
The best-known line-up of the Pirates, and also the only line-up ever given Johnny Kidd's blessing to retain and to record under the name "The Pirates" (Mick Green, Johnny Spence and Frank Farley) reformed in 1976, surprising everyone with their powerful brand of R&B. They played at
'Front Row Festival', a three-week event at the Hope and Anchor, Islington, in late November and early December 1977. This resulted in the band's inclusion, alongside the likes of Wilko Johnson, the Only Ones, the Saints, the Stranglers, X-Ray Spex, and XTC, on a hit double album of recordings from the festival. The Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival compilation LP (March 1978) reached number 28 in the UK Albums Chart. This line-up did its final gig in 1983 (until reforming for the third time in 1999). After that the Pirates kept going on every now and then with various lines-up, always including Mick Green (Guitar/Vocals); in the 1980's and early 1990's with John Gustafson (The Big Three, Roxy Music) on bass and vocals, and with different drummers. The original line-up recorded a number of reunion albums in the late 70's and early 80's; Out of their Skulls, "Skull wars", "Happy birthday rock & roll" and "Fistfull of dubloons." The band dissolved on the death of Mick Green in January 2010. Since then past members have formed a new band, The Spellkasters, in 2013 with new front man Pete Edmunds, a guitarist who plays very much in the Mick Green style. An album "Kastin' The Spell" was recorded in Sweden for release on Angel Air Records in February 2014. this is the third of three bbc radio one sessions they recorded for our hero. it was taped on 09/05/1978.
the English musician and songwriter Jo Callis was a member of The Knutsford Dominators before forming the Edinburgh-based punk rock band The Rezillos in 1976. He wrote the Rezillos' 1978 hit "Top of the Pops". Later that year, after the release of the band's only album, The Rezillos split in two, with Callis forming Shake along with Simon Templar and Angel Patterson. Shake released two singles before splitting, with Callis later joining Boots for Dancing. Callis released a solo single, "Woah Yeah!", in 1981 on the pop:Aural label, and also joined The Human League, playing keyboards and lead guitar and making contributions as a backing vocalist. Callis co-wrote many tracks and following his departure from the band in 1986, he has returned several times either to play keyboard or to offer help with songwriting. In 1985 he teamed up with Feargal Sharkey to write Sharkey's "Loving You" which reached number 26 in the UK Singles Chart. There was just the one session for the balding one, taped on 23/04/1979. here it is. good eh?
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.