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
English post-punk legends the fall formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. With an ever-changing line up, the group essentially consists of its founder and only constant member, Mark E. Smith. The singer is famously dismissive of musicians and when asked about the high turnover of Fall members said "if it's me and your granny on bongos, then it's the Fall". First associated with punk, the band's music has evolved through numerous stylistic changes, often concurrently with changes in the group's membership. It's largely characterised by repetition and an abrasive guitar-driven sound underpinned by Smith's typically cryptic lyrics - abstract poetry filled with complicated wordplay, bone-dry wit, cutting social observations and general misanthropy. The Fall have released well over thirty studio albums and more than triple that when live albums and compilations (often against Smith's wishes) are taken into account. While they have never achieved widespread success beyond minor hit singles in the late 1980s, they have a maintained a strong cult following. peel was a big, big fan and gave them vast amounts of sessions. here's one put down on 12/12/1983.
The Mummies are an American garage punk band from San Mateo, California formed in 1988. Originally hailing from San Mateo, California, the band was formed by Trent Ruane (organ, vocals), Maz Kattuah (bass), Larry Winther (guitar) and Russell Quan (drums). They became a key part of San Francisco's burgeoning garage punk scene,
along with The Phantom Surfers. With influences of surf rock, 1950s and 1960s garage rock bands such as The Sonics and more contemporary garage punk bands like Thee Mighty Caesars the Mummies eschewed the contemporary rock music of their time. Their first show was at the Chi Chi Club in San Francisco in December 1988. The Mummies are especially known for their matching, tattered mummy costumes they wore on stage and their impertinent and insulting attitude that they brought with them. They created and promoted the concept of 'Budget Rock', which rejected professionalism and star status in favor of a simplified do-it-yourself (DIY) aesthetic. As part of this concept they performed and recorded only on outdated and often damaged equipment. For a tour vehicle they used a garishly painted 1963 Pontiac ambulance. As part of their lo-fi manifesto, they released their music only on vinyl for many years, allowing 'official' CD format releases only in the 2000s. Billy Childish would later say that they were the only garage group he really loved. The band's first single "That Girl" was recorded in a furniture warehouse in San Francisco. It was released on their own Pre-B.S. label, with further singles following on labels such as Estrus, Telstar, Regal Select, and Rekkids. These early singles were compiled for their first long player, The Mummies Play Their Own Records, in 1990. The following year Crypt records sent Mike Mariconda to help the band record their debut album proper. Recorded in the back of a cabinet shop in Belmont, California, the band rejected the material as they preferred the lo-fi sound of their earlier releases. This material was later released on the bootleg album Fuck the Mummies. They started again, and the results were released in 1992 as Never been Caught. They toured the US in 1991, playing with Childish's Thee Headcoats on their tour of Northwest America, but broke up on New Year's Day 1992, shortly before the album was released. They later reunited for two European tours, in 1993 and 1994. The '94 tour had Beez from the Smugglers filling in on bass. Their next LP, a fake live album Party at Steve's House, was actually recorded at an industrial warehouse in Martinez, CA with Darrin of Supercharger playing bass. there was just the one peel session, taped on 13/03/1994.
Orange Juice were a Scottish post-punk band founded in the middle class Glasgow suburb of Bearsden as the Nu-Sonics in 1976. Edwyn Collins formed the Nu-Sonics (named after a cheap brand of guitar) with his school-mate Alan Duncan and was subsequently joined by James Kirk and Steven Daly, who left a band called The Machetes. They became Orange Juice in 1979. They are best known for the hit "Rip It Up", which reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1983, the band's only UK Top 40 hit. They released their first singles during 1981 on the independent Postcard Records label founded by Alan Horne, along with fellow Scottish bands Josef K and Aztec Camera.Shortly afterwards this line-up signed to Polydor Records and recorded their first album, You Can't Hide Your Love Forever. However, internal tensions led to Kirk and Daly leaving in early 1982 (they would go on to form a short-lived band called Memphis), and for the next two album releases the core line-up was: Collins and McClymont with Malcolm Ross on guitar, vocals and keyboards, and Zeke Manyika on drums. By early 1984, Ross and McClymont had left the band leaving a core line-up of Collins and Manyika who recorded the final album, The Orange Juice, with Clare Kenny and Johnny Britten, produced by Dennis Bovell. here's the first of their two sessions for uncle john, recorded on 21/10/1980.
Prefab Sprout are an English pop rock band from Witton Gilbert, County Durham, England who rose to fame during the 1980s. Nine of their albums have reached the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart, and one of their singles, "The King of Rock 'n' Roll", peaked at number seven in the UK Singles Chart. The band formed in 1978 in Newcastle. They had minimal chart success in the United States; their 1985 album Steve McQueen was released in the US with the title Two Wheels Good and peaked at number 180 in the Billboard 200. Frontman Paddy McAloon has been hailed as one of the great songwriters of his era. There have been ten studio albums in all. there was just the one peel session, taped on 18/08/1985.
The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, lead guitar) and James Iha (rhythm guitar), the band included Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) and D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar) in its original incarnation. It has undergone many line-up changes over the
course of its existence, with Corgan and rhythm guitarist Jeff Schroeder currently being the only official core members as of 2014. Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries, the Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock,
progressive rock, shoegazing, and electronica in later recordings. Corgan is the group's primary songwriter—his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band's albums and songs, which have been described as "anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan's nightmare-land". They broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, 1993's Siamese Dream. The group built its audience with extensive touring and their 1995 follow-up, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. With 20 million albums sold in the United States alone, the Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. However, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales led to a 2000 break-up. In 2006, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin reconvened to record a new album, Zeitgeist. The band toured with a rotating lineup of between five and nine musicians through much of 2007 and 2008 with new member Jeff Schroeder before Chamberlin left in early 2009. New drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino solidified a new lineup with Corgan and Schroeder, toured through much of 2010 and 2011. there was just the one peel session, immortalised on 08/09/1991.
UK Decay are an English post-punk band, based in Luton, known for their influential, genre-defying recordings and acclaimed live performances. there are just two studio long players: for madmen only (1981) and new hope for the dead (2013). here's the second of two peel sessions, taped on 27/07/1981.
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 one recorded on 14/10/1990.
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.