It’s that time of year when everyone bar Julie Burchill and Daily Mail readers doff the cap to one John Peel- so click on the link above to hear Buggerbear in conversation with both Robert Lloyd of The Nightingales and Terry and Gerry’s Gerry Colvin, all with props to remembering ol’ Peelie Pants.
There’s a definite autumnal whiff on the breeze with all this, or would you call it The Fall?… the genius and intuition of one J Ravenscroft ruffles all our leaves….
Thus Wed 22 October we give you John Peel Love In+The Nightingales+Ted Chippington+I Ludicrous+The Mighty Clang Band+DJ Wrong Speed (Taped Off Peel special set)…. John Peel Always Missed Never The Same……10 years on from the matchless legendary DJ ‘s oh so premature passing we celebrate his life and times with a blinding bill reflecting his incredible tastemaking, culture informing powers…
Starring The Nightingales- The legendary post punk Country n Midlands combo fronted by Robert Lloyd have just produced ‘For Fuck’s Sake’ an exclusively vinyl LP you can buy at gigs only. Let’s hope they’ve had some more pressed up for this John Peel Tribute Show coz we all want one..from the scratchy iconaclastic schtick of their Pigs On Purpose era thru Rockin’ With Rita to their contemporary twisty nouveau rocknroll there is so much to enjoy with Lloyds Of Birmingham.
I Ludicrous- the South London Fall-ite duo turned trio (since the arrival of proper lapsed popstar Brett Martini on the bass guitar) were BIG Peel faves needless to say, and their wry, observational post punk twinned effortless charm with rancid hilarity. And still does!
Also on this night are The Mighty Clang Band- Former Deaf School guitarist and songwriter and uber producer (Madness, Dexys, Morrissey etc etc) Clive Langer has formed this cutting edge nouveau rocknroll happening with an all star cast including none other than Andy Roxy Music McKay on sax. Wowsers. And they’re so hot the esteemed Domino Records have snapped em up. You may well see one Graham McPherson clamber up onstage and donate his fabulous pipes too! So many wonderful musical lives touched by the late great John Ravenscroft all in the room for you tonite.
We were gonna add a spunky young band on the basis that ‘Peel would have dug em’ but sod it, all these rather more mature spunkers are gonna do the man ultimate justice ce soir. Stop Press Hold The Back Page type stuff. ..Ted Chippington will now also be joining the bill. That’s the dream ticket innit! Used to step out with The ‘Gales back in the as they say day and here is again, possibly in his ted threads, possibly not, but with his glowing talent for the deadpan proper entertainment delivery no doubt fully honed. Ah, Ted’s take on She Loves You burbling outta yer radio care of Peelie way back when, it fair makes you well up.
A soooper dooper monster pairing comes to the DC this Halloween…yer actual 31st Oct…is it the return of the Wolfman in lethal gore splattered combat with The Mummy? Course not- the gore will be supplanted by awe. The Terry and Gerry revival is upon us…Dublin Castle regulars back in the as they say day, Terry and Gerry was a British pop band, formed in the early 1980s by Terry Lilley and Gerry Colvin in Birmingham. Indie folk pop cum skiffle with charming ditties harmonized brilliantly and a DIY punk tood aided and abetted by great melodies and musicality. A talented pair, doffing the cap to John Peel at this particular time of year…