Today is October 25th.

Today is a solemn day. But not for long. Because we don’t mope here. We celebrate.

Celebrate and commemorate a life less ordinary and one that touched hundreds… thousands… dare I say it – millions of people.

But not because of what he did, well yes partly… more because of the music he played.

I’m not going to start listing all the bands/artists he played. Just pick a letter and see for yourself.

Peelie impacted and influenced my life more than I could say. This is why I started the #KeepingItPeel project. Initially the idea was that we – the people who listened to his shows, to show our appreciation.

Iit is vitally important that all of us are #keepingitpeel today and every day. This year and every year.
Not just with the Peel Sessions, but by going out and finding new music. Listening to the new upcoming bands.

Right I’ve prattled on enough. It’s time that I added my contribution to #keepingitpeel:

As you would expect with a football and music website – plus with John Peel himself being a big football fan, guess what this special edition podcast is about… Yes that’s right. Flower arranging.

My source for this podcast, as it is with all the #KeepingItPeel podcasts is the very excellent John Peel Wiki.

As everyone knows John was a huge Liverpool fan, going as far not only getting married in Liverpool colours, but by giving his children middle names associated with the club.

The podcast has items featured on the football section of the John Peel Wiki. Suffice to say if you are a Liverpool fan you will enjoy this. Even if you are not you’ll still like.

Tracklistings (with explanations if needed):

  1. The first 13 minutes of his show from 30th May 1984:
  2. Brucie bandy legs from that nightThis was the night when Liverpool (after a penalty shoot out with Roma), won the European Cup. Watching along in the studio with Peel at the time was David “Kid” Jensen and Kid asks John about the game and how he feels about it.
    Tracks played in celebration:
        a) Kop Choir – You’ll Never Walk Alone
        b) (Church Bells)
        c) The Mighty Wah! – Come Back
        d) The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

  3. The first 14 minutes of his show from 24th June 2004:
  4. Once again John is watching another crucial match which went the same way at the 1984 game, this time though it was England and unlike Liverpool’s fortunes from the penalty spot, we all know what happens with England.
    Peel has to start his show whilst the game is into extra time. He puts on his favourite song by The Fall at which point Frank Lampard scores, so he then plays the same track again. – Listen to the audio for explanation. Tracks played:
        a) Beny Page – Neck Breaker (12″)
        b) The Fall – Kicker Conspiracy [twice !]

  5. Audio clip (from 1992) talking about football and the magazine When Saturday Comes.
  6. Show from 24th June 1998 show on BFBS:
  7. John is once again watching football, this time it was the 1998 World Cup. In the clip he mentions Robbie Earl’s goal for Jamaica and plays an excerpt from: Black Congo – Reggae Boyz.   *If anyone has the full track please contact me.

  8. Makabe – Pam Pam Cameroon
  9. The first two minutes of his show from 27th April 1982:
  10. John starts with a German nursery rhyme/song and then: Ju Ju – You’ll Never Walk Alone.

  11. Before Half Man Half Biscuit performed live – John Peel asks Nigel Blackwell about Pat Nevin
  12. The Tractors – Pat Nevin’s Eyes
  13. Half Man Half Biscuit – Even Men With Steel Hearts (Love To See A Dog On The Pitch)
  14. Pink Floyd – Fearless (played on 30th April 2002 show)
  15. Billy Bragg – Greetings To The New Brunette
  16. Costa Rica Football Team – The Costa Rican 1990 World Cup Song
  17. John Hegley – Jimmy Greaves
  18. Jeff Astle – Sweet Water (played on 22nd January 2002 show)
  19. Barmy Army – Sharp As A Needle (Festive Fifty show)
  20. Albert Whelan – Pass! Shoot!! Goal!!! :
  21. Taken from John Peel and Sheila: The Pig’s Big 78s: A Beginner’s Guide

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    John Peel playing at Prenton Park
    » D/load [pod is 1hr 9mins/File size is 63MB]
    – or » D/load & embed the file on your own site.

    If you like this sort of thing (the Peel stuff) then get yourself over to #KeepingItPeel for updates.

    Without whom…etc.

    To all the chaps who contribute/maintain the fantastic John Peel Wiki.
    Mark Venning (@weloveallthat) and his blog for the support and enthusiasm.
    And finally to The Vinyl Villain for the inspiration.

    Webbie – Football And Music + #KeepingItPeel: October 25th

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