Start of show: "John Peel for Radio Mafia. Come into our room."
Peel regards Ann Peebles as "the owner of one of the world's great voices," but admits to not knowing what she is doing or even whether she is still alive. In fact, she released an album called 'Brand New Classics' four years after John said these words.
He reveals that Sheila used to drive a Renault 4 that was so covered with stickers that Japanese tourists went to some considerable extent to photograph it.
(JP: 'Every Thursday night, this studio is used for live programmes in my domestic BBC programmes. We've had some people playing here before: Blur played here a couple of times, Loudon Wainwright's been here a couple of times, just loads of people over the last three or four years. Last Thursday, we had the most astonishing performance we've ever had in this room, I mean, absolutely extraordinary, by Nina Nastasia, and I was really pleased that she came. Turned out to be a really nice woman, and her performance, as I say, unbeatable.')
(JP: 'What was so extraordinary about her performance, really, this is just our house, you know what I mean? It's not like proper studio at all. It doesn't even look much like a studio,just like a room lined with books,and looks like a room with a rather overstated home stereo in the corner of it. And Nina came in, and she was like joking, and we were all laughing, drink had been taken, and a good time was being had by all. In fact, she said that towards the end of the night, she was fairly drunk. Well, I don't think she actually was, but what she did was like five numbers scattered throughout a two-hour programme. However jolly we were all being and whatever was going on, when she started singing, the whole atmosphere in the room just changed in an extraordinary way, not just to melancholy, but to something else which I don't think I've experienced very often in my life before, and it was a very very moving business. At one stage, in one of her songs, the phone rang, and because we don't have things insulated very well, you could hear the phone ringing quite clearly in the programme, and she started giggling halfway through this very serious number, but kept on playing, and finished the number and so forth, and it was just one of those great triumphs.')