A playlist of John Peel’s favourite records has emerged online.
The broadcaster compiled a special show for his 40th birthday, broadcast on his Radio 1 show in August 1979. Listing his 40 favourite records, it’s a snapshot of the eclectic host’s tastes, and features some Peel touchstones.
Unearthed by Twitter user @Birmingham81 – who posts a lot of intriguing stuff, we must add – the list makes for fascinating listening. Containing everything from the Sex Pistols and Stiff Little Fingers through to dub reggae, driving Chicago blues, and more, it’s packed with surprises.
Watch out for a track by the Faces – John Peel memorably mimed along with the band on Top Of The Pops, of course – and perennial Peel touchstone Captain Beefheart.
There’s nothing by The Fall, curiously – perhaps that devotion would emerge over time – but he does find room for Freda Payne’s pop-soul smash ‘Band Of Gold’.
And yes, ‘Teenage Kicks’ does get a mention.
There’s a lot in here to discover, and it’s a nice chance to soak up John Peel’s broad-ranging tastes once more.
Check out the playlist below.
Previously, Clash noted the efforts of a YouTube account which was placing all Peel Sessions online – a massive archive, you can find it here.