Monday, September 1, 2014

"Happy Birthday, John!"

Hello friends,

John Peel would have been 75 the day before yesterday. Of course it's rather useless to contemplate whether he would still be doing what he so marvelously did over at the BBC for all those years, health provided. I have a feeling though that - despite the age he would by now have - our life would be somewhat better. As it was when he still was amongst us.

People who read Sexyloser frequently may already know that to me John Peel wasn't a cult figure or a hero, he was more than that, he was a friend. Therefore I am not in the best position to write silly nonsense about how great he was, instead I'll "let the music talk", as they say.

So here are 75 tracks (just 75 out of a lot lot more of Peel Sessions) that had his name on it for you to download. Get them before the DMCA takes them away! Mind you, he never really understood why those things were called "The Peel Sessions": neither did he write the tunes nor did he produce them, he often said. Plus it often was his (then) producer John Walters who discovered new acts at gigs, not Peel himself.

Either way, one or two of the below might not already be known to you (at least not in this version), so in one way or another I am at least halfway following his legacy in offering to some of you something which you might not have heard before.

Perhaps John would have approved of that, who knows?

01) A Guy Called Gerald - 'Rockin' Ricki' (November '88)
02) Adverts - 'Looking Through Gary Gilmore's Eyes' (April '77)
03) Aphrodisiacs - 'Do You Remember The First Time' (October '04)
04) Ash - 'Jack Names The Planets' (June '01)
05) Band Of Susans - 'Hope Against Hope' (October '88)
06) Basement 5 - 'Last White Christmas' (April '80)
07) Beat - 'Ranking Full Stop' (November '79)
08) Belle & Sebastian - 'O Little Town Of Bethlehem' (December '02)
09) Billy Bragg - 'A New England' (August '83)
10) Bis - 'We Love John Peel' (June '96)
11) Buzzcocks - 'E.S.P.' (May '79)
12) Camera Obscura - 'Love My Jean' (January '04)
13) Cat Power - 'Wonder Wall' (July '00)
14) Chameleons - 'Looking Inwardly' (June '81)
15) Cramps - 'What's Inside A Girl (February '86)
16) Culture - 'Lion Rock' (January '83)
17) Cure - 'Desperate Journalist In Ongoing Meaningful Review Situation' (May '79)
18) Darling Buds - 'Think Of Me' (September '87)
19) Delgados -'California Uber Alles' (October '02)
20) Detroit Cobras - 'Tonight' (September '04)
21) Dub Sex - 'Swerve' (March '89)
22) Elastica - 'Da Da Da' (November '99)
23) Fall - 'Container Drivers' (September '80)
24) Flys - 'Love And A Molotov Cocktail' (November '78)
25) Forty Fives - 'The American Ruse' (September '04)
26) Frantic Elevators - 'Hunchback Of Notre Dame' (March '81)
27) Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle - 'I Wish I Could Sprechen Sie Deutsch' (August '86)
28) Galaxie 500 - 'Submission' (October '90)
29) Half Man Half Biscuit - 'Goodnight Irene' (June  '92)
30) Housemartins - 'Flag Day' (July '85)
31) Ian Dury And The Blockheads - 'Sweet Gene Vincent' (December '77)
32) Inspiral Carpets - 'Directing Traffic' (April '89)
33) Jam - 'In The City' (May '77)
34) James - 'Hymn From A Village' (October '83)
35) Joy Division - 'Transmission' (February '79)
36) June Brides - 'Waiting For A Change' (November '85)
37) Laurel Aitken - 'Rudi Got Married' (May '80)
38) Madness - 'The Prince' (August '79)
39) Magazine - 'The Light Pours Out Of Me' (February '78)
40) Mansun - 'Shot By Both Sides' (December '00)
41) Marc Riley And The Creepers - 'Location Bangladesh' (November '83)
42) Mighty Wah - 'Basement Blues'; 'Story Of The Blues' (September '84)
43) Moondogs - 'Talking In The Canteen' (April '80)
44) Motorhead - 'Louie Louie' (September '78)
45) Motors - 'Bring In The Morning Light' (April '77)
46) Napalm Death - 'Obstinate Direction', 'Life', 'You Suffer Pt. 2' (September '87)
47) Only Ones - 'Another Girl Another Planet' (April '78)
48) Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark - 'Genetic Engineering' (February '83)
49) Pulp - 'Common People' (October '94)
50) Quickspace - 'If I Were A Carpenter' (October '98)
51) Redskins - 'Kick Over The Statues' (October '82)
52) Rezillos - 'Top Of The Pops' (December '77)
53) Screaming Blue Messiahs - 'Let's Go Down To The Woods And Pray' (August '84)
54) Selecter - 'Street Feeling' (October '79)
55) Sham 69 - 'Hey Little Rich Boy' (December '77)
56) Siouxsie And The Banshees - 'Mirage' (December '77)
57) Sisters Of Mercy - 'Alice' (September '82)
58) Slits - 'Love And Romance' (September '77)
59) Smiths - 'Reel Around The Fountain' (June '83)
60) Specials - 'Gangsters' (May '79)
61) Steel Pulse - 'Nyahbinghi'  (May '80)
62) Stiff Little Fingers - 'Suspect Device' (September '78)
63) Stranglers - 'Somethin' Better Change' (March '77)
64) Stump - 'Down On The Kitchen Table' (February '86)
65) Terry And Gerry - 'Wait Until You're Older' (July '84)
66) Tom Robinson Band - 'Don't Take No For An Answer' (November '77)
67) Triffids - 'Chicken Killer' (May '85)
68) Undertones - 'Rock 'n' Roll' (January '80)
69) Wedding Present - 'You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends' (February '86)
70) White Stripes - 'Baby Blue' (July '01)
71) Wild Swans - 'No Bleeding' (May '82)
72) Wire - 'I Am The Fly' (January '78)
73) Wreckless Eric - 'Semaphore Signals' (October '77)
74) X-Ray Spex - 'Germ Free Adolescents' (November '78)
75) Yeah Yeah Noh - 'The Superimposed Man' (January '86)

Bless you, mate, wherever you are!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"The New Paul van Dyk ...?"

Hello folks,

I had a very enjoyable evening yesterday, because I finally managed to find a reliable mixer, downloadable for free. Obviously, being a stupid idiot with these things, I didn't give a fuck about all those freaky features that most of these mixers offer, all I cared for was a pre-listening and a recording function.

After some fumbling along with the computer's sound settings I got the thing running at least halfway properly yesterday and you wouldn't believe how much fun I had whilst mixing some stuff from yesteryear ('cos that's the only year I really know, you see). Also I used two pair of headphones (one for mixing, one for pre-listening) which made me look dead cool, I suppose. Then again I may rather have more looked like a complete twerp, I'm afraid ...

I was so pleasantly surprised with the outcome that I thought I'd better share my masterpiece with you lads. So here it is, in all its glory, all well (plus some not so well) known anthems from 1976 - 1982, 1¾ hours of pure unadulterated fun for all the family I would like to think!

Call the thing what you want, I'll file it as "Digijay Part 1" (mp3) ('because that's the name of the freeware I used).

Enjoy, enjoy, friends ... I certainly did, so much so that I had to include one or two longer tracks in order to be able to sprint downstairs to the fridge to get meself bottles of Früh Kölsch (separately, mind you), all of which I enjoyed to the full! Perhaps they are the reason for the inclusion of tracks 7 and 8 ... sorry, but somehow I got carried away, as it seems ... in the beginning I thought I'd create something really fragile and peaceful, starting with The Wild Swans (a MIGHTY (!) track: even if you listen to nothing else, listen to this one, please!!) proves my good will here. Didn't work out apparently ...

Nevertheless I am rather proud of this job. Not too bad for a starter, ey?

What do you think?



PS: just wait until my library from 1983 upwards is being volume-gained and loaded up and I'm pretty certain another mix will be online in not too distant future. Aaah, I bet you can hardly wait!