• 2003-02-19
  • Show kicks off with a track from a compilation album with a “somewhat controversial title."
  • It is the first night ever that listeners can send in text messages as well as emails. Peel seems most gratified by the response.
  • There is a competition in the programme to win entry to the Jeff Mills live set at Maida Vale the following Wednesday, 26 February 2003.
  • There is laughter in the background when JP launches into discussion of blues singer Tommy McClennan with, "When I was a lad, I read these jazz magazines…." He quickly clarifies that this was “not a euphemism” and they were “magazines about jazz.”
  • Peel reports that Andy Kershaw had phoned him that afternoon asking for more information about the Detroit Cobras.
  • Says he now doesn’t know anyone he knew before the age of 28, except members of his family and his mate Sparrow Harrison. “Kind of sad, isn’t it? Could be a Home Truths story.”
  • The Invasion of Iraq would take place the following month. The Tom Lehrer and Higher Intelligence Agency tracks appear timely.
  • Presses the wrong button and fails first time to play ‘Inhilation [sic] Blues” by Aereogramme, who are the second in a week of session artists beginning with the letter A. Says he had originally been down to take the Vincent Price role in their version of Michael Jackson's ‘Thriller’ and regrets that he didn’t.
  • "Here’s a White Stripes tune that I can play you," he says, still smarting about recent grief from record company over playing tracks from their latest album. The 1998 single later turned up in John Peel's Record Box.


  • Aereogramme #3 First broadcast. No known commercial release.


JP: "So, many helloings I have for you tonight."
JP: "Just been checking the scores - bad result tonight at Portman Road. I'm glad I'm not going home really cos I'd be in serious trouble." [1]
Peel presses the wrong button and starts a One Life jingle by accident (Wrong Track Moment).
JP: "I like that amusing change of tempo early in the track. What will they think of next eh? Young people."


  • John_Peel_20030219.mp3
  • 02.00.30
  1. Ipswich Town had been beaten 4-2 at home by Wolverhampton Wanderers. (BBC match report).
  2. The link in the segue is another extract from a recording of the American radio series 'Inner Sanctum Mystery', namely the episode 'The Vengeful Corpse' from 1949. (Link to script.) Extracts were also used by Peel on 24 September 2002, 19 November 2002, 21 January 2003 and 04 September 2003.

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