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
I have no information on the frankly mysterious 2 b57. If you can help, please email me with the info or a link to the relevant web-page. i don't even have a date for their bloody recording session. sorry.
Blossom Toes were an English psychedelic pop band active between 1967 and 1969. Initially known as The Ingoes, they were renamed and signed to manager Giorgio Gomelsky's Marmalade label. The original line-up comprised Brian Godding (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Jim Cregan (guitar, vocals),
Brian Belshaw (bass, vocals), and Kevin Westlake (drums). The band's debut album, We Are Ever So Clean is a classic example of quintessentially English psychedelia. On release, it was presented in the UK music magazine Melody Maker as "Giorgio Gomelsky's Lonely Hearts Club Band". Although not a major commercial success, the album has achieved something of a cult status as it is unearthed by successive generations of 1960's retro fans. (It was included in Record Collector's list of the "100 Greatest Psychedelic Records".) If Only For A Moment saw the band taking a noticeably heavier and rockier direction, with Cregan and Godding's distinctive two-part guitar harmonies playing a prominent role. At this point Westlake left, and was replaced by John "Poli" Palmer, and then Barry Reeves. The band quit in 1970. Belshaw and Godding rejoined Westlake in B.B. Blunder, Cregan formed Stud with Jim Wilson and Charlie McCracken before joining Family, as did Palmer. Blossom Toes contributed music to La Collectionneuse (1967), a film by French director Éric Rohmer and also
appeared in "Popdown" (1967) by Fred Marshall. here's their 22/10/1968 top gear session for uncle john.
The Chameleons (known as The Chameleons UK in North America) were an English post-punk band formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester in 1981. They originally consisted of singer and bassist Mark Burgess, guitarist Reg Smithies, guitarist Dave Fielding and drummer John Lever (replacing original
drummer Brian Schofield). They released four studio albums and one EP before disbanding in 2003. Burgess alone continues to play Chameleons songs live under the name ChameleonsVox. this is the second of three sessions for our hero, put down on 08/06/1983.
English iconoclasts The Cure formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys; this, along with several great early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s, the band's increasingly dark and tormented music was
a staple of the emerging gothic rock genre. After the release of 1982's Pornography, their future was uncertain and Smith was keen to move past the gloomy reputation his band had acquired. With the single "Let's Go to Bed" released the same year, Smith began to place a pop sensibility into
the music and their popularity increased as the decade wore on. They have been estimated to have sold 27 million albums as of 2004 and have released thirteen studio albums, ten EPs and over thirty singles during their career. here's the third of their six peel sessions, immortalised on 03/03/1980.
The Great Leap Forward were a band formed by former Big Flame member Alan Brown, when his previous group split up in 1987. Great Leap Forward were essentially a solo project, although various musicians were added for live performances. The sound was more melodic and danceable than his earlier combo, still with overtly political lyrics. After three 12" EPs on Ron Johnson Records, that label's collapse led to a move to Communications Unique for debut album Don't Be Afraid Of Change, receiving critical acclaim. A final 12" single Heart and Soul was followed by the LP compilation Season 87-88 which largely comprised tracks from the three Ron Johnson singles, and the CD compilation Great Leap Forwardbefore Brown called it a day in early 1990. A mini-LP, Tolerance & Respect had been planned for a Spring 1990 release but was shelved. In October 2008, Brown as The Great Leap Forward released a CD of new material, Finished Unfinished Business. In May 2012, a new album, This Is Our Decade of Living Cheaply and Getting By was released. Brown also plays bass in Sarandon. this is the first of two sessions for peel, recorded on 24/05/1987.
Matumbi were one of the top British reggae bands of the 1970s and early 1980s, and are best known as the first successful group of guitarist and record producer Dennis Bovell. Matumbi formed in 1971 in South London, with a line-up of Ted Dixon (vocals), Euton Jones (drums), Dennis Bovell (guitar),
Errol Pottinger (guitar), Eaton "Jah" Blake (bass guitar) Bevin Fagan (vocals), and Nicholas Bailey (vocals, later better known as Nick Straker). In the early 1970s they acted as a backing band to touring Jamaican musicians. In 1973, they opened for The Wailers at the Ethiopian famine relief concert in
Edmonton, where much to their embarrassment they went down better than the headliners, Bovell later saying: "The press thought we were much better, and we felt terrible because they were our heroes." Matumbi signed to Trojan Records, and had a major breakthrough in 1976, when their version of Bob Dylan's "Man in Me" became the biggest-selling UK reggae single that year. Success brought problems for the band, with their record label unhappy about some band members' other musical activities, and Bailey and Dixon left, to be replaced by Webster Johnson (keyboards). Pottinger and Jones also left the band, with Glaister Fagan and Lloyd "Jah Bunny" Donaldson joining. The new line-up signed a deal with Harvest Records, and toured with Ian Dury & the Blockheads. In 1978 they recorded the theme song for the television series, Empire Road. The group's debut album, Seven Seals, was issued in 1978, but their second, Point of View, was a greater success, with the title track giving the band a top 40 hit in 1979. Further albums followed between 1980 and 1982, but these did not match their earlier success. The last album, Testify, was recorded in Jamaica co-produced by Bevin Fagan and drummer Euton Jones. The band split up, with members moving on to various other projects; Bovell released solo material and became renowned as a producer, Donaldson joined The Cimarons, and Fagan and Blake recorded as The Squad. Fagan died of a heart attack in 2008 aged 54. here's their debut session for john (there two, in all) taped on 28/02/1978.
The Moodists were an Australian post-punk band formed in 1980. After recording two singles and a six track EP for the Au Go Go label in Melbourne, they relocated to London. This was at the behest of the Red Flame label who had released a compilation of their Australian releases. They then recorded the albums Thirstys Calling (1984) and Double Life (1985).The band supported Public Image Limited on their 1984 tour of Australia, returning to their home country in 1985 for six months and then travelling again to the UK. During this time they toured extensively through Northern Europe and also made a short tour of the United States. In 1985 they recorded an EP for Creation Records, then two more EP's the following year on the TIM label before disbanding in 1987. This is the second of their two Peel sessions, laid down on 02/07/1985.
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.