Wikia

John Peel Wiki

BBC World Service

Talk0
7,386pages on
this wiki
BBC world service logo
The BBC World Service is the most widely available English-language radio service: in operation since 1932, it has been traditionally broadcast on shortwave, but also via FM and MW relays, internet streaming, podcasting and satellite. John Peel made many programmes for the service, of which some recorded material exists. It enabled listeners in places as far apart as Israel and Nepal to hear his choice of music and droll humour. His show was broadcast weekly, usually repeated twice. As the duration of the show was 28 - 30 min., he was able to play 7 or 8 tracks. In mid to late 80's the programme was broadcast on Thursday, 08:30 GMT, repeated on Friday, 13:30 GMT and Tuesday, 03:30 GMT. Before 1987, World Service Radio announcers referred to the programme as music from the British rock scene, as in the announcement before October 1983 (BBC World Service) show: (Radio announcer): "Music next in the World Service, with John Peel, presenting samples of new music from the British rock scene".

Besides British artists the show featured reggae acts, as well as artists, related to or based in the UK, such as Dead Can Dance, Zerra 1, SPK, Stiff Little Fingers etc. The first documented occasion on which John Peel plays a record by an American band on the World Service, is on Late January 1987 (BBC World Service) show (a fragment), featuring Throwing Muses. Historically, this may not have been the first time he did so, but it is the earliest existing audio material. What is certain is that from mid 1987 onwards foreign acts became a regular feature on the show.

Another significant change came in early 1990's, when John Peel broke the rule not to play anything on the World Service that was not a current release. Among the first acts to be featured with an old release was The Fall, as on the show from November 1991 (BBC World Service), with a track from the LP "Hex Enduction Hour" from 1982.

Because the World Service programmes were prerecorded, they lacked some typical features of the Radio 1 show, like the "wrong speed" moments or Peel playing a wrong track, although at least on one occasion he made the latter mistake, playing All About Eve by the Wedding Present, but announcing it twice as Getting Nowhere Fast.

Probably not very well-known is the fact that J. Peel never played recordings from his "Peel Sessions" on the World Service show before late 1986 - early 1987, i.e. before the Strange Fruit releases of the Peel sessions. Еxceptions to this may have been the sporadic releases of session tracks on other labels, some of which possibly played on the show before 1987, like Sept.1982 Peel Sessions EP (Cherry Red Rec.) and Sept.1985 Flexi (Vindaloo Rec.), both by The Nightingales (needs confirmation by tracklistings or audio).

Shows AvailableEdit

1980sEdit

December 1982 (BBC World Service) / October 1983 (BBC World Service) / Late February 1984 (BBC World Service) / Early June 1985 (BBC World Service) / October 1986 (BBC World Service)(mixtape) / 14 January 1988 (BBC World Service) / July 1988 (BBC World Service) / August 1988 (BBC World Service) / November 1988 (BBC World Service) / November (No. 2) 1988 (BBC World Service) / November (No. 3) 1988 (BBC World Service) / Early August 1989 (BBC World Service) / 26 October 1989 (BBC World Service)

1987Edit

Late January 1987 (BBC World Service) / Early February 1987 (BBC World Service) / February 1987 (BBC World Service) / 05 March 1987 (BBC World Service) / March 1987 (BBC World Service) / Late April 1987 (BBC World Service) / May 1987 (BBC World Service) / June (No. 1) 1987 (BBC World Service) / June (No. 2) 1987 (BBC World Service) / June (No. 3) 1987 (BBC World Service) / 16 July 1987 (BBC World Service) / July 1987 (BBC World Service) / August 1987 (BBC World Service) / August (No. 2) 1987 (BBC World Service) / August (No. 3) 1987 (BBC World Service) / Late Aug. - Early Sept. 1987 (BBC World Service) / 24 September 1987 (BBC World Service) / September 1987 (BBC World Service) / 15 October 1987 (BBC World Service) / 22 October 1987 (BBC World Service) / 29 October 1987 (BBC World Service) / 05 November 1987 (BBC World Service) / November 1987 (BBC World Service) / Early December 1987 (BBC World Service) / December 1987 (BBC World Service) /December (No. 2) 1987 (BBC World Service)

1990-1993Edit

January 1990 (BBC World Service) / Early March 1990 (BBC World Service) / December 1990 (BBC World Service) / 01 July 1991 (BBC World Service) / 24 June 1991 (BBC World Service)October 1991 (BBC World Service) / November 1991 (BBC World Service) / March 1992 (BBC World Service) / September 1992 (BBC World Service) / Early March 1993 (BBC World Service)

1994Edit

January 1994 (1) (BBC World Service) / January 1994 (2) (BBC World Service) / January 1994 (3) (BBC World Service) / January 1994 (4) (BBC World Service) / January 1994 (5) (BBC World Service) / February 1994 (1) (BBC World Service) / February 1994 (2) (BBC World Service) / February 1994 (3) (BBC World Service) / 26 March 1994 (BBC World Service) / 02 April 1994 (BBC World Service) / 09 April 1994 (BBC World Service) / 16 April 1994 (BBC World Service) / 23 April 1994 (BBC World Service) / 30 April 1994 (BBC World Service) / 07 May 1994 (BBC World Service) / 14 May 1994 (BBC World Service) / 21 May 1994 (BBC World Service) / 28 May 1994 (BBC World Service) / 04 June 1994 (BBC World Service) / 11 June 1994 (BBC World Service) / 18 June 1994 (BBC World Service) / 25 June 1994 (BBC World Service) / 23 July 1994 (BBC World Service) / 30 July 1994 (BBC World Service) / 13 August 1994 (BBC World Service) / 16 August 1994 (BBC World Service) / 15 October 1994 (BBC World Service) 29 October 1994 (BBC World Service) / 05 November 1994 (BBC World Service) / 12 November 1994 (BBC World Service) / 19 November 1994 (BBC World Service) 26 November 1994 (BBC World Service) / 03 December 1994 (BBC World Service) / 10 December 1994 (BBC World Service)

1995-1999Edit

April 1996 (BBC World Service) / 23 September 1996 (BBC World Service) / 30 September 1996 (BBC World Service) / 06 October 1996 (BBC World Service) / 13 October 1996 (BBC World Service) / 20 October 1996 (BBC World Service) / 03 November 1996 (BBC World Service) / 24 November 1996 (BBC World Service) / 01 December 1996 (BBC World Service) / December 1996 (BBC World Service) / 05 January 1997 (BBC World Service) / 12 January 1997 (BBC World Service) / 19 January 1997 (BBC World Service) / February 1997 (BBC World Service) / 09 February 1997 (BBC World Service) / 16 February 1997 (BBC World Service) / Early 1998 (BBC World Service) / April 1999 (BBC World Service) / Peel's World Service Comp

2000sEdit

29 November 2003 (BBC World Service) / 19 November 2004 (BBC World Service)

Tracklistings OnlyEdit

01 August 1991 (BBC World Service) / 08 August 1991 (BBC World Service)

Links Edit

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki