Tuesday, October 26, 2004

A legend died today.

Yesterdays post went up very late. If you missed it, be sure to scroll down for it.

The Undertones - Teenage Kicks - For those of you who haven't heard, the worlds greatest Radio DJ, John Peel, passed away this morning, of a heart attack, while on vacation. I'm still trying to sort through what this means in my head. There was no replacement for John Peel, waiting for him to retire. There's no equivalent anywhere else in the world. What he's done, in 37 years on the air, is quite simply inimitable. By playing "A balance between things that you know people will like and things that you think people will like," Peel managed to provide a stage for generation upon generation of some of the worlds most influential music. The inclusion of "Peel Sessions" - recordings done in his studio - is de rigeur bonus material today for an untold number of bands. His influence is going to be felt for decades, but I fear noone will ever step up to do just wehat he did. If we MP3 Bloggers can accomplish the barest hundredth of it though - we'll have made a pretty damned large contribution to the world of music ourselves. "Teenage Kicks" was Peel's favorite song. He often cited it as "The Perfect Single," and with good reason. It's a beautiful nugget of classic guitar pop. Listen to it, and then, take a moment of silence for a man who loved music with every fiber of his being.



We Start Fires - Queen Bee - We Start Fires are the sort of band Peel would've broken, I suspect. 3 Girls and a boy from NorthEastern England, playing beautiful, catchy, piano laden, punky pop music. "Queen Bee" is the debut off of the bands self released debut, Caught Redhanded, and is one of the albums more dramatic moments. The song starts slo, gaining intensity and tension, the drama building to a defiant shout. The band is still unsigned. I expect that to change soon.

[Buy Caught Redhanded direct from the band!]

9 Comments:

At 10/26/2004 02:24:00 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

Well said. I'm too young to fully appreciate Peel, but I've heard him, and got sessions from the Radio 1 website and he really was unique.

 
At 10/26/2004 06:57:00 PM, Blogger Tom Carden said...

Good choices. Peel wasn't just the longest serving DJ, he was also the one with the most diverse tastes, without ever making a big deal about it. As Dan Hill highlights, there might not be anyone else who could rival him for the sheer amount of stuff he'd heard.

I'm sure We Start Fires will be pleased to be in such company. There are many more gems to be found in the Northeast of England by the way... the DIY ethic is strong with them. Toddler Records is as good a place as any to start looking.

 
At 11/05/2004 09:53:00 AM, Blogger colly said...

im pretty sure ive heard peel play stuff by we start fires.

 
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