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.”
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.
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