Here are all of peeljams's jams.
by Altered Images
One of Peel's favorite acts of the new wave era, championing them long after other outlets had grown disinterested in them. He sings as part of a chorus on the band's cover of Neil Diamond's "Song Sung Blue" on their "Pinky Blue" LP.
Jammed: 23rd Sep 2015
by Medicine Head
Released on Peel's own Dandelion Records label, he called this "the cheapest single ever made and one of the classic records of all time." The band recorded three full length albums for Peel's label, including an album called "Dark Side of the Moon" that predates the Pink Floyd album by a year.
Jammed: 20th Sep 2015
by Roy Harper
Another of Peel's all-time favorites. In the event of his death, Peel asked his longtime producer John Walters to play this both as an on-air tribute and at his funeral. Walters ultimately predeceased Peel in 2001, and Peel himself played the song as a tribute to Walters on 31 July 2001. Following Peel's death, his BBC colleagues Rob da Bank and Andy Kershaw both played the song on their programmes.
Jammed: 17th Sep 2015
by The Misunderstood
An American band that Peel was so enthusiastic about during his time as a DJ in California, that he helped them move to England and eventually acted as their manager. The band didn't last very long, but Peel continued to play this song in particular heavily on his show and is known to be one of his personal favorite singles.
Jammed: 5th Sep 2015
by The Motors
Number one on the 1977 Festive Fifty, announced on 27 December 1977. This list was unusual in that it was a yearly list during the era that the list was an all-time countdown, it comprised entirely of Peel's personal picks instead of listeners' and it ran 61 deep.
Jammed: 26th Aug 2015
by Led Zeppelin
Number one on the inaugural 1976 Festive Fifty, announced on 3 January 1977. An all time list, the chart only includes two songs that were actually released in 1976 and largely represents the tastes of Peel's listeners before punk hit.
Jammed: 23rd Aug 2015
Number one on the 2003 Festive Fifty, announced Christmas Day of that year. This was the final chart presented by Peel during his lifetime and topped for the only time during his life by longtime show favorite and Festive Fifty expert David Gedge.
Jammed: 17th Jul 2015
Number one on the 2002 Festive Fifty, which was counted down on a single programme the night of 26-27 December. There was considerable controversy with this chart due to the suspicion of vote rigging. Some believe that Saloon had somehow rigged the chart, but Peel invited them back for a third session the next year, suggesting that he didn't believe there was any irregularity with their positioning.
Jammed: 12th Jul 2015
Number one on the infamous 1991 "Phantom" Festive Fifty. Midway through counting the votes, Peel abandoned compiling the 1991 list and instead just played some of his favorite records for the last few shows of the year. In 1993, he finally relented, and invited any listener who wished to do so to compile the chart. A listener in Sheffield volunteered to do so, and Peel sent the ballots off to them, resulting in this list finally being aired - one track per week - from January to July 1993. "Teen Spirit" was announced as number on 2 July 1993.
Jammed: 28th May 2015
by The Fall
Number one on the 1990 Festive Fifty, announced 30 December 1990. On air, Peel said that the difference between "Bill is Dead" and the #2 song ("Soon" by My Bloody Valentine) was only by a matter of a few ballots. This was the only time that Peel's beloved Fall ever made it to number one on the Festive Fifty in his lifetime.
Jammed: 24th May 2015
by The House of Love
The number one on the 1988 Festive Fifty, announced on 28 December 1988. Peel's growing dissatisfaction with the "conservative" nature of the list continues, despite his personal enjoyment of many of the songs that made it on. At one point on the final night, he bemoaned his audience's predilection for "young lads strumming guitars" at the expense of the other genres he played on his show.
Jammed: 18th May 2015
by The Sugarcubes
The number one song on the 1987 Festive Fifty, announced on 30 December 1987. This was the year that the Smiths had 11 entries, and all but three songs from "Strangeways" made the chart. At one point in the middle of the countdown, he complained "Well, I like the Smiths meself, I mean obviously I do, but this is getting a bit daft, I think." However this year was the first time the Festive Fifty was topped by a group from outside the UK, Iceland's Sugarcubes.
Jammed: 14th May 2015
by The Smiths
Number one on the 1986 Festive Fifty, announced 30 December 1986.
Jammed: 10th May 2015
by New Order
The winner of the 1983 Festive Fifty was kind of a no-brainer by the time Peel announced it on 29 December 1983. He proceeded it with this: "Many people [...] asked me to fiddle the results so that this wouldn't be number one, but that would have seemed to be an unfair thing to do, and not like me at all." It is, of course, New Order's "Blue Monday," which still stands as one of the best-selling 12" singles of all time.
Jammed: 28th Apr 2015
by New Order
A new theme for Peeljams: Starting this week we'll be jamming every yearly Festive Fifty #1. Peel started the Festive Fifty in 1976. 1982 was the first year it was not an "all time" list and strictly for songs released that calendar year. 1982's list was topped by New Order's "Temptation"
Jammed: 25th Apr 2015
by Gilded Lil
From the session dated 04 August 1998. One of those Peel Sessions bands that the internet has forgotten, and their music is unfortunately difficult to come by. A shame, since their singer is rather incredible. Inspired by @maura, who has been playing this on her WZBC show.
Jammed: 14th Apr 2015
by Swell Maps
A request from @Matan. From the Peel Session dated 16 October 1978.
Jammed: 6th Apr 2015
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