John describes session guest Nina Nastasia as "one of our favourite people on Earth, in that she goes and has a drink with us when she's in this country." He also mentions that he and the programme team had been out with Herman Dune recently, noting how extraordinary it is that things have changed in this respect, as bands used to be "far too grand to consort with DJs" in the past.
John mentions again that Nina Nastasia had been recommended to him by Steve Albini when they met the previous year in Groningen. Albini had promptly mailed Peel a copy of Nina's debut LP, "Dogs". In return, John was supposed to send back a copy of the debut LP from Laura Cantrell, but admits that he still hasn't done so.
Peel is very disappointed to learn that Jamie Clapham, his favourite Ipswich player, has been sold to Birmingham City (BBC news report). JP: "They should never have got rid of him. If I'd had the money I'd have bought him myself... I'd been thinking of getting the Pig a Jamie Clapham shirt for match days too. I don't know, football is incredibly disappointing at times and I shouldn't get so wound up about it, I know."
A listener emails the show to mention that an autographed photo of John is currently attracting a bid of £4.99 on ebay. JP: "This is an incredible improvement actually I have to be honest with you, cos the last one of me that was sold I know went for something like 8p. I felt good value at that price, to be perfectly honest. But the current photograph of me is well worth having actually - the publicity photograph - cos I said to them when they showed me all of the photographs, 'I don't mind which one you use as long as it's not that one.' And of course, in their hilarious way, that is precisely the one that they used. If you can imagine anything as unpleasant as me, frankly - not a great looking bloke, facts have to be faced - but with my mouth sort of slightly open in the manner of those blow-up dolls that some of you fellas will be familiar with, with their mouths ready to receive you. That's pretty much how this photograph of me looks. It's not a pretty sight at all and £4.99 does seem to be rather excessive for it I must say."
Peel is pleased to announce that a demo track by Stowmarket's the Vaults has been added to a new 'One Music Unsigned' playlist by Radio One, meaning that the band should receive some daytime airplay.
It is mentioned by John that he sent a copy of "On A Steamer Coming Over" by the Three Ginx to Laura Cantrell so that she could play it on her own radio programme in New Jersey.
JP: "Well I do have a bit of a confession for you here and it might make some sense to some of you. The first time that I ever smoked dope when I lived in a wooden shed in an apple orchard in the foothills of the San Bernadino mountains, I was listening to that record."
JP: "Just before it started, it suddenly occurred to me that one of the most glorious records of all time was called 'Cry Baby' and I thought, I'd love to play that - then I realised it's in the shelves behind me. So here it is."