Favourite John Peel quotes

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Arno, thanks for the many many classics.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 08:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

that made my lunch break--many thanks Arno!

patita (patita), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 17:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Well, I'm happy to share my memories - here's another one. Not John's exact words, but you get the idea:

I don't like encores. It's like, if you see a great painting, you don't want an extra bit painted on the side.

Some of you might want to look at or contribute to Wikiquote at

Arno Matthias (Arnie Matthews), Sunday, 3 September 2006 15:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

A member of "The Dawn Parade" is now immortalised.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 4 September 2006 10:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hi mark grout,

I'm terribly sorry but I couldn't make any sense out of your last two postings. Could you please spell it out for me?

Thanks a lot
Senior Aircraftsman 2nd Lieutenant Arnie Matthews (this is the name John gave me to 'impersonate' a member of the Brith Forces in Germany)

Arno Matthias (Arnie Matthews), Monday, 4 September 2006 11:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

pip : I bump up the thread for people to peruse.

Dawn Patrol: From the Wiki link.
Quotes About John Peel
Can't believe they gave that greatest Briton shit to Churchill when there's a man among us who still plays Half Man Half Biscuit on the taxpayer's buck.
A member of The Dawn Parade

And how is the weather in Station 1-2 right now?

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 4 September 2006 11:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

.. which is a reference to the old "family Favourites" that used to run on Radio 2 on Sunday afternoons, etc keep up etc.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 4 September 2006 11:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
There was one particular evening around 1982 when Peelie featured poems by the Scottish poet Ivor Cutler and a session by German industrial band Einsteurzende Neubauten. I've been a lifelong fan of both artists from this single broadcast which I taped and played over many times.

He did a brilliant transition from Ivor Cutler's surreal 'My Darling' straight into 'Kango Licht' by E.N. with the comment "Well if that was an example of Ivor Cutler's reality, just imagine what his dreams must be like".

Later in the program, after playing the second (and last) session track by E.N called 'Sehnsucht' he said "That was the second track of our Neubauten session. I only wish they'd recorded a few more for us, although I imagine they spent a great deal of their time in our studio brooding".

Loved it John.

Simon Reboul (reboul), Sunday, 21 January 2007 09:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

That's tops, man. Thanks for sharing.

White Dopes on Punk (Bimble...), Sunday, 21 January 2007 09:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

Love all this folks! I do think JPs columns for Sounds, the Observer and Radio Times ought to be anthologised. He wrote for RT for years, always very funny indeed. Is somebody already doing this?

Joan Firwell (Jaboblas), Wednesday, 24 January 2007 17:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

I only met the great man once, but that was enough. The tale started many years before when i had emailed John regarding a track he had played many years before but had never left my conciousness. The track was 'The Sound of Worms' by a certain Tony Burello. My e-mail asked a) did he remember the track and b) where i might be able to get a copy of said record. A few days later i received a mail from john@hometruths, it never registered with me automatically that it was indeed his Peelness but when i read it i put the 2 together. He replied by saying that he did remember the track but could not remember who had recorded it, but that if he found it in his collection he would send me his copy..I was bowled over, stunned and amazed. Would I, me, be the proud owner of a disc form John Peels private collection, and not just any disc but The Sound of Worms.

I never heard anything back. But receiving that e-mail was like winning a trophy, i was honoured.

Fast forward 3 years and John is playing at the Triptych Festival in Glasgow as part of a showcase with Pan Sonic, Wire, Irmin Schmidt and a few others. I arrived and went to the bar, there was music playing in the bar area and i look over to see John Peel standing, record in hand, no more than 10ft away, he played a cracking dub reggae number, and a smile played accross my face. All the while i can hear Pan Sonic destroying the place in the main hall, half of me wants to stay and pray at the altar of Peel, the other half wants to go and twitch to the brutal frequencies of Pan Sonic. I hurry to catch them. Pan Sonic end a brilliant set and at the back of the hall the soundboard and some decks are set up , it is then that i notice John lurking about the decks, oh yes. As soon as Pan Sonic fin(n)ish, John plays 'Love will tear us apart', and it sounded immense, the sound system in the hall was superb and it was a pretty big space. I took this opportunity to go and speak to the man himself. As the records are playinh John lounges to one side, no scratching, no dicking about with the eq's, no looking intense and no gay flourishes. I walk to the barrier and he comes over for a chat, i shake his hand and i simply say 'The Sound of Worms'. 'Tony Burello', he says immediately, he remembered!! For a brief moment i thought he was gonna produce the record and present it to me. To be fair i think that would have been too much to take and I may well have fainted. We chatted for a minute or so, about what i cannot remember, but it hardly matters. He was accomodating and polite and i imagine would have been happy to talk about wine and music all evening.

He went on to play a brilliant set, very much like one of his shows, some hardcore techno, an amazing samba track that got faster and faster and a whole load of brillant tracks. In the end he finished up to great applause and Schmidt came on and dj'd a whole load of Can tracks that sounded incredible in the big hall..

All in all a brilliant night, but there is no time to be sad, John Peel will live forever.

neonmeatedream, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 11:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

he made a lot of people very very happy, which is an amazing skill in of itself.

stevie, Tuesday, 15 January 2008 12:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

This is one of my favorite threads on ILM.

Mark, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 00:32 (six years ago) Permalink

I just read this from start to finish, every single Peel quote in his voice in my head. Wonderful wonderful stuff.

ailsa, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 20:34 (six years ago) Permalink

Kat's Karavan is on Spotify, there are a bunch of Peel quotes inserted inbetween some of the tracks...

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 21:32 (six years ago) Permalink

if that doesn't get to number one then i'm gonna come and break wind´╗┐in your kitchen

jumpskins, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 21:43 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Hello=Re John Peel quotes, im looking for This one fades in, or this one starts quietly< does anyone know where i might find links? thanks Neil.

Neil Mac, Sunday, 15 May 2016 12:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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