Friday, 2 December 2016

Peelfest! #7


Like a Pat Phoenix rising from the cigarette ashes, ever reliable as an old Shep Woolley album surfacing in your nearest charity shop, Maggot Caviar returns once again with a sumptuous soupcon of soothing session sounds salvaged from the cobwebbed corners of the musty stair cupboards of Suburbia.





The Idle Race - Top Gear 29/06/1969
Jeff Lynne pre-Horace Wimp pomp pop and television commercials promoting generic comeback albums in prime time viewing slots.

Tir Na Nog - Top Gear 23/10/1973
The veteran Irish duo were no strangers to the BBC studios, taping no less than four sessions in the space of 17 months. This was the last session and features a somewhat surprising and footstomping reinterpretation of a Nick Drake track.





Glaxo Babies - Peel 19/02/1980
Second session from the Glaxos complete with JP radio jingle performed by John Walters!

The Three Johns - Peel 21/07/1982
Elusive debut session cobbled together from a recent Gideon Coe broadcast (tracks 1-2) and a repeat airing from 1982 found on Mixcloud. A version of You'll Never Walk Alone was also recorded but is sadly missing.


Update 6.12.16:  I published this post last Friday complete unaware that the set was scheduled for broadcast on Chris Hawkins overnight show two days later. So now in fact we DO have the version of You'll Never Walk Alone along with better quality files of Heads Like Convicts and Pink Headed Bug. Next mission: to locate the second Peel set from 1983. In the meantime, sessions 3-6 to are available @ Cliff Richards Neck.



Sophisticated Boom Boom - Peel 20/09/1982
Rare but ropey recording of SBB's second session. Check out the debut session from my post in June 2014.



The Luddites - Peel 10/09/1983
Little known band I know little about. Hailing from Hull, The Luddites released a 3 track ep The Strength Of Your Cry on Xcentric Noise in 1983, which was followed up the following year with a self-financed 7" Altered States. Inbetween, they taped this their only session for JP.

Marc Riley & The Creepers - Peel 25/08/1985
The modern age's answer to John Peel, here's what Mr. Riley was getting up to in summer '85 with the third of the five sessions he taped for the show.


Jasmine Minks - Janice Long 15/10/1986
Until this set was broadcast by Marc Riley back in the summer, I had no idea that it existed. Taped just eight months after their lone Peel set, and with Adam Sanderson having departed in the summer, the group showcased newer more mature songs that would eventually surface on Another Age, but also dug out Where The Traffic Goes, already sounding like a long time bonafide classic despite being released only a couple of years earlier. Follow Me Away was also recorded at the session but alas wasn't aired.

Mangrove Steel Band - Peel 22/03/1987
It was probably safe to assume to expect the unexpected with regards to Peel's eclectic tastes in music, but nobody could have predicted a group of Notting Hill based Trinidadians would be invited to Maida Vale to lay down these three tracks in 1987.



fIREHOSE - Peel 12/06/1988
For some inexplicable reason - or quite possibly several inexplicable reasons - this session from the former Minutemen rhythm section isn't listed on either the JP Wiki or Keeping It Peel sites.


Loudon Wainwright III - Peel-Kershaw 14/08/1993
Live to air double header with inbetween song banter. The Kershaw half (tracks 1-3) were taken from a recent - yep, you guessed it - 6 Music boroadcast, while the Peel tracks are captured from the night of the broadcast.




The Nightingales - Marc Riley 26/05/2016
      For the noughties, I had originally intended to include Culture's third session from 2002, but Fruitier Than Thou did a Morphy Richards and you can now find it on youtube. Instead, we have those stalwarts of the BBC session The Nightingales with their most recent for Marc Riley, a pre-recorded affair for, so we were told, "various reasons".











SESSION UPGRADES


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Stump - Peel Sessions 1986-88 + Bogshed Rarities!


RIP MICK LYNCH


Stump - Peel 26.01.1986
Down On The Kitchen Table
Orgasm Way
Grab Hands
Buffalo

Stump - Peel #2 24.06.1986
Tupperware Stripper
Big End
Satisfaction
Bit Part Actor

Stump - Peel #3 13.01.1987
Living It Down
Eager Bereaver
Alcohol
Bone

Stump - Peel #4 14.08.1988
The Song's Remains
Thelma
Seven Sisters
Straight And Narrow








Back in October, I became the unexpected owner of a test pressing of The Sheds withdrawn single Stop Revolving after a chance stumbling upon on ebay. For some inexplicable reason everybody and his dog now wants to be my friend. I have since resorted to employing 24 hour armed guard to protect the item, now housed in a frame with bullet proof glass, enmeshed in electric barbed wire and stored in a secret location navigable only by light aircraft.
 
I've never come across a copy before and don't know how many copies actually exist. It would be interesting to find out if anyone out there owns a copy or has come across one at some point.
 
 
'La La La' Demos 1985
Expanded and upgraded ten track deluxe edition! Now includes actual demo version of City Girls (the set that was circulating a few years back had the Let Them Eat Bogshed version) complete with descending bass intro later employed as an instrumental passage in Jobless Youngsters.

Demos & Rarities 1985-87
Tweaking and tidying up of a previous post. Includes new rip of Stop Revolving from my copy of the test pressing.
Only known live recording in existence of Bogshed on foreign soil! Exact date unknown, possibly ca Nov/Dec. Several Brutal-era tracks already surfacing in the set, including the unreleased Stop Revolving.

4th Peel Session 14.04.1987
Upgrade captured from a recent Marc Riley broadcast.
 
 
 
 SESSION UPGRADES
 
Dick Dale - Peel/Kershaw 30.03.1995 (Extra track Kiss Of Fire added)
Felt - Andy Kershaw 27.08.1986
(Taken from a recent 6 Music airing. All tracks complete and with correct recording date to boot!).


Maggot Caviar will return sometime in 2016 for a Peelfest or two.


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Peelfest! #6

 
 
 
 
R.I.P. John Peel - eleven years gone. Here are ten more rare and elusive sessions once again, two from each decade of the great man's broadcasting career.
 
 
 
Diamond Hard Blues Apples Of The Moon
Get To You
Little Arabella (And Sorcery)
Brandenburger
 


 
The Whitsun Dance
Lovely Joan
God Dog
The Blacksmith Courted
 
 

 
I'm Walking To A Farm
Baby Sits
The Railway Sleepers
Three Sisters
Big Jim
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol2 Ep19
 
 
 
 
Down Di Road
Reality Poem
Sonny's Lettah
I Want Fi Go Rave
 
 
 
 
This Town
Waiting For A Change
We Belong
One Day
 
 
 
 
Frenz
Get A Hotel
There's A Ghost In My House
Haf Found Bormann
 
Even perennial Peel favourites were prone to doing a spot of moonlighting rival shows as evidenced by this Janice Long set. Featuring a rendition of then current minor hit, two songs that would grace The Frenz Experiment the following year, plus a superior reading (in my humble opinion) of rare B side Haf Found Bormann.
 
 
The Flower Called Nowhere
The Light Will Cease To Fail
Refractions In The Plastic Pulse
Miss Modular
Metronomic Underground
Peelspeak
 
The 'Lab recorded countless sessions for the BBC during the 90s, including five for Peelie, which were largely collected on their exhaustive 2cd set ABC Music. This, their fourth, performed live to air from the BBC Maida Vale studios, wasn't included on that release, so unless you had your finger poised on the pause button back in the day (or evening as the case may be) then you won't have this!

 
Peel Intro
Monkey Puzzle
A Million Bubbles Burst
Teaching Snails To Make Pearls
 
 
 
 
 
Fall
Hey Sailor
Hot Dog
Tonight
 

 
 
Higgle-dy Piggle-dy
Assume
Midnight In Aspen
Pacifying Joint
Interview Pt 1
Interview Pt 2
 
 
With Peel's passing and 6 Music still in it's infancy, the chance of hearing The Fall on the nation's airwaves was slim if not non-existent. Then in stepped none other than Radio 3 with this Fall Heads Roll-heavy set. In the interview MES sings the praises of the democratic nature of his current line up, blissfully unaware they would desert him midway through what turned out to be their last US tour just a few weeks later.
 
 
 
Maggot Caviar will return for a BOGSHED SPECTACULAR in the run up to Christmas, so keep 'em Peeled!


Sunday, 30 August 2015

Peelfest! #5

 
 
 Today would have been John Peel's 76th birthday, so I thought I'd pop back out from the woodwork from whence I originally came to enlighten the masses with another eclectic smorgasboard of sonic wonderment that is Peelfest #5.
 
Since I announced my "retirement" last October, whereupon a nation mourned and wept uncontrollably, sparking off severe flood warnings far and wide across the land, I seem to have spent most of my leisure time clearing out my email inbox notifying of ever-increasing downloads from this blog. I've even acquired 7 or 8 new members in my absence. Hmmmm.... maybe I should just keep quiet.
 
There was a time in the not so distant past when comebacks were frowned upon and were normally the reserve for burned out heavy metal bands who were forced into earning a living again due to unexpected tax bills or having their homes repossessed due to monies squandered on excessive drug usage.
 
But after many sleepless nights pacing the floorboards and writhing feverishly in contemplation and indecision on sweat soaked sheets, my decision was swayed when one night a bearded apparition swathed in golden light appeared at the foot of my bed.
 
"Young fawn!", the spirit asserted. "I hearby command you to post the Mandrake Paddle Steamer session. I realise it received a limited vinyl released a few years back, but here in the afterlife there are no turntables. I've not heard the session snce the first night of broadcast and will not rest until I have done so. Failure to comply and I will quite happily - and, for that matter, mercilessly - unleash the ghosts of my dead dogs upon ye!"
 
"Y-y-y-yes, Your Greatness", I stammered as the incandescent figure dematerialised into the windswept, crepuscular night.
 
So here he have a whopping ten sessions, two from each decade of Uncle John's broadcasting career, that are 100% guaranteed to eat up precious disk space on your hard drive. And if that wasn't more than enough, at the bottom of the post you will find ten links to upgraded sessions - including, at long last, a pristine-ish upgrade of Bogshed's fourth session from 1987 and Big Flames debut from 1984. For zydeco fans, the John Delafose 1992 session for Andy Kershaw is now complete with all six tracks.
 
That should keep you all amused for now. Back in October.
 
 

Senlac Lament
Cooger and Dark
Janus Suite
Ivory Castle Of Solitaire Husk
East Wing

 
 
 
Time Of No Reply
River Man
Three Hours
Bryter Layter
Cello Song
 
 
 
Some Of That Stuff
Hurry On Sundown
Seeing It As You Really Are

 

Pearly Winged Fly
Go and Sit Upon The Grass
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 11
Fremsley
True Humility
Nigerians In A Tunnel
I Spent Ten Years
Sleepy Old Snake
Little Black Buzzer
A Wooden Tree
 
Mr. Cutler's sixth session for Mr. Peel. Complete set taken from a medium wave transmission in December 1975.


Cripple Creek
Hickory Holler
Maybelline
Long Tall Texan
 
Little known band I know little about. Mining similar territory to Terry & Gerry and Lash Lariat & The Long Riders, they appear to have released just one single in 1984 and an album, Skiff Skat Stuff, in 1985. This was their debut session for Peel, recording a follow up In February 1985 which you will find at the indefatigable Fruitier Than Thou youtube channel. 
 
 
 
Kuroja Chete
Chemedze Vana
Writing On The Wall
Let's Work Together
Manhenga
Jig-A-Jig
Ndoitasei
My Foolish Heart
Rugare
 
Tracks 1-5: Peel #1 6/7/86
Tracks 6-9: Peel #2 21/12/86
 
This month marks the 20th anniversary of Biggie Tembo's tragic demise, so it seems appropriate to post the Bhundus two Peel sessions, recorded just five months apart, by way of tribute.
 
A couple of ropey versions of the debut session (tracks 1-5) have been circulating on youtube for eons, so here's a pristine-ish version largely taken from a re-airing when Vic Galloway sat in for Marc Riley only last month.
 
 
 
Waseme
Aiyolelio
Kilio
Kamata Lupembe
 
Remmy Ongala recorded at least three sessions for Andy Kershaw, which were compiled on a cd on the short-lived Strange Roots label in 1994, but this was his only session for Uncle John. If Kamata Lupembe doesn't have you dancing in your own inimitable interpretation of dancing, then quite clearly you are not in possession of legs.
 
 
 
The Wedge
Crankin'
Bo
Night Rider
3rd Stone From The Sun
Miserlou
Nitro
Calling Up Spirits
Mexico
 Kiss Of Fire
 
Tracks 1-6: Peel TX 8/4/95
Tracks 7-10 Kershaw TX 7/5/95
 
The King of the surf guitar was undergoing a bit of a renaissance thanks to the inclusion of Miserlou as the main theme to Pulp Fiction by the time he made his first trip to the BBC Maida Vale studios. The first of five sessions Dale recorded for Peel, this was recorded in tandem with Andy Kershaw's show. The Peel tracks (1-6) are complete and got their debut airing 8th April 1995. The remaining tracks were broadcast on the Kershaw programme the following month. 
 
 

The Lady and The Travelling Man
Out On The Side
How I Long To
 
 
 
Portmadog
Anomie-Ville
Dim Brains Dot Com
Caws



SESSION UPGRADES
 
 
 


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Peelfest! #4

 
 
 
It doesn't seem possible that a whole decade has elapsed since the passing of John Peel. While his former colleagues are being exposed as paedos and pervs, Peel's legacy remains undiminished and will quite possibly inspire future generations of musicians with the misfortune of being too young to have had the pleasure of listening to his shows first time around.
 
So here we have the fourth - and final - Peelfest!, kicking off with two much-bootlegged-but-still-commercially-unreleased Syd-era Pink Floyd sessions from 1967, Peel's first year of broadcasting at Radio 1. Ideally, it would have been fitting to end this post with a session from 2004, but all I had from that year was The Magic Band's set which is already available @ Life Has Surface Noise (along with the ATP set from April 2003), so it seems pointless duplicating it here.
 
And so it seems appropriate to call time on my life as a blogger and consign Maggot Caviar to the flotsam of cyberspace, until rediscovered a hundred years from now by a futuristic music obsessive commuting to work by jetpack, whose genetically-modified cerebellum with built in Wi-Fi accidently stumbles across these archaic but perfectly preserved pages.
 
Nostalgia be damned!
 
 But as Shaw Taylor used to say on Police 5: Keep 'em Peeled!
 
 
 
 
Matilda Mother
The Gnome
Flaming
Scarecrow
Reaction In G
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Vegetable Man
Scream Thy Last Scream
Pow R Toch H
Jugband Blues
 
 
 
 
Fone Bone
Attila
Pipe Dream
 
 
 
 
Oh!
I Will Never Be The One To Break Your Heart
Please Please Please
Teenage
 
 
 
 
Glasgow Dreamer Ep 15
Glasgow Dreamer Ep 14
The River Bends
Local Natural Sounds
Free Wood
Loneliness
Seven
A Warm Bucket
The Book
A Big Head
Carry On Dancing
Dolly
A Romantic Man
 
 
 
 
 
01 Paid Cheto Ar Pam (Don't Cheat On Pam)
If Fingers Were Xylophones
Plethau (Things)
 
 
 
 
Long Was The Year
Echo's Answer
Where Youth and Laughter Go
 
 
 
 
 
The Drinking Eye
Pro-Your Life
Tiny Girls
Leave The Day Free
 
 
 
 
Come On Over To My House
Bad Girl
I'll Keep Holding On
Village Of Love
 
 
 
 
 Song For The Family
Wake Up To The World
At Your Luau
Nothing Here
Lover Lover
Your Priorities
HD Rider
Show Me The Roof
Winners Lose
Running Around
I Don’t Mind
 
 
 
 
 Pendulum
Colour Me In
Minim
60-40
 
 
And if you are reading this a hundred years from now, hello from beyond the grave and don't forget to leave a comment!
 
Thanks very much for listening......Goodnight.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 


Monday, 20 October 2014

Rig Veeda & The Twins - The Tale of the Man With The Toothpaste Head (LP 1986)

 
 
 
Trawling through the extensive and comprehensive Cale archives over the windy weekend, I stumbled upon this here cult classic curio.  Despite the name giving the impression of a mystic frontman backed by identical siblings, they were in fact two different groups: The Twins featured Paul Rixon from The McTells and Bi-Joopiter co-founder Gillian Elam; Rig Veeda were the aforementioned duo accompanied by the surname-secretive David and Lesley.
 
No mere McTells side project(s) for rejected ideas in the group proper, Rig Veeda issued their debut cassette on Bi-Joopiter as far back as 1983. The Twins issued to two cassette-only albums - A Banana Fish On The Moon and Boy Saves Hedgehog - in 1986 and '87 respectively. In between those releases this vinyl album came out on Illusion Production, a French label with a roster that included The Legendary Pink Dots and DDAA, and whose sporadic releases continue to this day.
 
The McTells performed at the C86 Launch Party in London back in June, and with that ongoing revival largely being documented by Cherry Red, it is tempting to fantasise about a Bi-Joopiter back catalogue box set materialising in physical form(at) one day in the not too distant future.
 
Until then, give this album a virtual spin and marvel at more innocent times when lo-fi was being created before the genre was indelibly tagged.
 
 
  
 
 
Dance With A Fish
Man In Green
Brother Be
Man With The Toothpaste Head
Down
Trapeze
Fuisha
Hundred Hollow Horses
Here/Come Again
Never Seen That Girl Before
Richard Said
Red
I'm All Messed Up
Capa Milo
Into The Dark
Nails
A Wet Night In Brighton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, 26 September 2014

The Undertones - Peel Session 2/4/2003





In their original incarnation, Derry's finest recorded five sessions for John Peel which over the years were issued piecemeal on several releases, the most comprehensive being the Listening In set from 2004 which featured the long lost debut session recorded in a Belfast studio in 1978 and a lone Richard Skinner session.

This 2003 session - the only one to feature current singer Paul McLoone - has yet to gain an official release. I've not come across this on the land of blog (or for that matter youtube) before, so enjoy!


 
Peel Intro
Everything But You
Thrill Me
I Need Your Love The Way It Used To Be
A Girl Like You