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Thought I would mention it.Because I noticed someone on here someone had a John Peel in a Hibs top profile pic.Anyway I was a fan and must have listened to him religiously from about the punk era up to maybe until he died.Anyway for me one of the best moments must have been when I first heard the Specials and I was like Wow!.I was wondering if any of you had a similar moment with another band on his show?
 

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Thought I would mention it.Because I noticed someone on here someone had a John Peel in a Hibs top profile pic.Anyway I was a fan and must have listened to him religiously from about the punk era up to maybe until he died.Anyway for me one of the best moments must have been when I first heard the Specials and I was like Wow!.I was wondering if any of you had a similar moment with another band on his show?
So many John Peel memories - as a young teen, I used to go to bed with a little green transistor radio under my pillow. I always listened out for Edinburgh bands' singles or sessions. It was the only way I heard a lot of early punk. Later I used to tape all the sessions - I still have the cassettes somewhere. I went to a couple of his John Peel roadshows - think the Fall and Fire Engines played at one.

I distinctly remember when he first played Joy Division's Dead Souls and the time he tried to play the flexidisc that came with Love Will Tear Us Apart but dropped it on the studio floor and then wheeled his chair over it when he went to pick it up. The first New Order session was really emotional - I'd seen them in Glasgow the night before I think (or maybe the other way round). I also remember first hearing I Promised You A Miracle on his show in the back of a cramped transit van on our way to a week of Scottish bands at the ICA. God, so many memories... I got to meet him a couple of times. Him and his producer John Walters were a brilliant double act.

I cried big wet tears into my porridge the morning I heard he'd died.
 

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I went to see him do a couple of sets up the Nite Club,and it was as good as his show.I don't remember if the Fall or the Fire Engines were playing,could have.I can remember he played a session by the Banshees and he was saying sign this band.
 

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John Peel?the guy who married a 15yr old,admitted to abusing teenage girls and never asking for I'd!
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Countless reggae groups, many British like Steel Pulse, quite a few African groups/songs that I can't remember the name of but went on to learn from live air mike recordings from a wee radio.

And amazing folk singer/guitarist of the broken chords Roy Harper. Playing the Usher Hall soon if I read the posters I saw a week ago from the bus in Lothian Rd correctly?

And .5 Man .5 Biccy of course!

Great music but there was also a whiff of under age sex partners about him too, dunno how much of that was true or not...
 

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I read his autobiography and there was an air of the womanising sexist git about him.Maybe I have overlooked that in my admiration of him in being able to spot a decent piece of music when he heard it.
 

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His favourite song of all time, so it's said,was TEENAGE KICKS.....erm?
 

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John Peel?the guy who married a 15yr old,admitted to abusing teenage girls and never asking for I'd!
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All orchestrated by the Daily Mail. Just another flash in the pan R. Get over it mate.

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His favourite song of all time, so it's said,was TEENAGE KICKS.....erm?
....and the best ever song that players ran out to at Easter Road.....ever.

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All orchestrated by the Daily Mail. Just another flash in the pan R. Get over it mate.

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In the mid 1960s John Peel was 24 years old when he started dating a 13 year old who he married when he was 26 and she was ‘just 15’. Peel admitted this. He also admitted countless brief relationships with 13,14, and 15 year old girls when he was in his mid 20s (and bizarrely was already dating his underage bride). He admitted that at age 41 he was all over 18 year old Clare Grogan trying to it on with her so it doesn’t seem that far a stretch to think he had lingering creepy habits well after the heady free love period of the 1960s.

I loved the music Peel played and listened pretty much nightly during the 1980s, went to his roadshow things, and would see him at Meadowbank games. He seemed like one of the good guys but like many many guys I think his dick forced him into way too many brain shut downs to be excusable. I’m guessing most of us chatted up / found 15 year olds attractive when we were maybe 17 or 18 but to be in your mid 20s and to do it repeatedly is just wrong. Teenage Kicks though is not a creepy song as it is entirely based around teenage boy sees teenage girl moving into his neighborhood and gets the horn. Simples.
 

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