Hari ini tepat 10 tahun yang lalu, Senin Kliwon tanggal 25 Oktober 2004, John Peel wafat. Banyak orang percaya bahwa figur legendaris itu tak akan tergantikan hingga datangnya hari akhir nanti. Berikut ini artikel lama dari MOJO edisi nomor 133 (December 2004) halaman 86, yang saya ketik ulang demi keasyikan web ini, juga saya tambahkan beberapa tautan penunjang untuk kepuasan maksimal Anda, para pembaca yang budiman. Ya, duapuluh Peel Sessions yang bisa dibilang cukup bersejarah, menurut redaksi MOJO sih, tapi saya akur-akur saja tuh. Silakan!
Recorded: September 30, 1967
The Floyd’s first sets the agenda for future Peel sessions. Their second—aired on December 19—was somewhat marred by Syd Barrett running out half way through.
Highlight: “Apples & Oranges”
Recorded: December 5, 1967
Glorious testament to the sexy art weirdness of the Kevin Ayers line-up, and the beginning of Peel’s 40-year bond with Robert Wyatt. Sadly unavailable on CD, but that’s legendary for you.
Highlight: “Clarence in Wonderland”
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND
Broadcast: January 24, 1968
Warped bluesfest subsequently prized by Beefheart bootleg boffins. Hear tracks at http://www.beefheart.com/filtered/peel.htm but don’t say we sent you.
Broadcast: January 11, 1970
Blues legend beloved of Jack White, recorded at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End.
Highlight: “Death Letter”
Recorded: January 4, 1972
Roxy had no deal and Bryan Ferry gave their demo to Peel producer John Walters by hand. It was their big break, but guitarist Davy O’List was soon to get the elbow.
Broadcast: December 22, 23, 24, 26, 1975
Stanshall reads the incredible Christmas At Rawlinson End (parts 1-4), accompanied by dulcimer. Top line: “The gathering outside the Fool & Bladder was swelled by elephantiasis and gossip”.
Highlight: “The Party’s Over”
Recorded: September 7, 1977
Mind-blowing version of “Fast Cars” enhanced by expertise of original bassist Garth Smith. Punk’s viral spread to “the provinces” was down to two things: The Pistols’ Anarchy tour and John Peel.
Highlight: “What Do I Get?”
Recorded: January 31, 1979
Until its vinyl release in 1986, this remained most requested ever Peel session. And no wonder. “She’s Lost Control” chills, “Transmission” thrills. The beginning of beautiful friendship.
Highlight: She’s Lost Control”
MISTY IN ROOTS
Broadcast: December 6, 1979
Misty’s second session confirmed Peel’s support of British reggae, becoming a late night staple in the mid-’80s. Dig General Sparehead’s toasting on “Judgement Coming On The Land”.
Highlight: Sodom and Gomorah
Broadcast: March 31, 1981
The fourth session by Peel’s favourite band is the fans’ pick, as “Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul” debuts and Mark E Smith declares “Arthur Askey’s been shot.” Highlight: “Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul”
Broadcast: August 3, 1983
Nasal tones and clumpy guitaring of the Barking bard reaffirmed Peel’s show as a focus of political and musical dissent.
Highlight: “Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend”
THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
Broadcast: October 1, 1984
Spectorish distorto-pop charmed ears accustomed to harsher Peel fare (Throbbing Gristle etc).
Highlight: “You Trip Me Up”
HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT
Broadcast: November 11, 1985
The world is rocked by DIY Scouse surrealism with a keyboard going “boink”. Altogether now: “Every Saturday I get the Chigley Skins/ And they always smash my windows ‘cos the home side always wins.”
Highlight: “The Trumpton Riots”
Broadcast: December 19, 1989
Peel embraced electro, hip-hop, acid house and techno, maintaining his cutting edge when guitar rock waxed dull. Here Alex Paterson’s mob get ambient on Minnie Riperton’s ass.
Highlight: “A Huge Ever-Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Loving You)”
Broadcast: November 3, 1990
Like Sonic Youth before them, Nirvana had gut respect Peel. Their second session was a set of covers that embraced The Vaselines and Devo. The Peel session at its unique best.
Highlight: “Molly’s Lips”
Broadcast: November 16, 1991
Peel the world music cheerleader helped inspire this side project by uber-indie act The Wedding Present. Ukrainian folk tunes in a punked-up style.
Highlight: “Teper Hovorymo”
Broadcast: April 29, 1995
Retiring Scots poet (and trademark Peel enthusiasm) enjoys his twenty-first session. “Every evening about six he stood on the bridge and broke the arm of a passer-by.”
Highlight: “A Stuggy Pren”
Broadcast: May 5, 1997
Scintillating live set from Peel Acres with the Colchester foursome showcasing their Britpop-snubbing Blur album.
THE WHITE STRIPES
Broadcast: July 25, 2001
Gobsmacked to be gracing the same stage as Son House (see 4), Jack White delivers “Death Letter and John The Revelator” amid an incredible Gatling-Gun strafing of a session.
Highlight: “Baby Blue” [a Gene Vincent cover]
Broadcast: October 12, 2004
The last studio session John Peel played on air. Japanese noise beserkers Polysics delighted young Mr Peel with Kaja Kaja Goo, their unique tribute to Limahl, Nick Beggs and co, plus New Wave Jacket and their delightful Knack cover…
Highlight: “My Sharona”
[MOJO 133, December 2004, page 86]
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