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"Every year a new bunch of kids starts on Radio One and discovers me in among the other work. And knowing it's John Peel and the other work is stuff they can enjoy, they come across me and they think, 'Oh well, if it's stuff that Peel thinks is good enough to put out, it's good enough for us.' And they get hooked on it."
(Ivor Cutler, Turn That Racket Down)

Ivor

Ivor Cutler (15 January 1923 – 3 March 2006) was a Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist. In the 1960s he gained recognition through appearances on BBC radio and television, intriguing audiences with his mixture of everyday observations and surreal strangeness, all delivered in a deadpan Scottish accent. The Beatles selected him to play the character Buster Bloodvessel in their 1967 film, "Magical Mystery Tour", and he recorded an LP, Ludo, produced by George Martin. He made his Peel show debut on the "son of Night Ride" programme in 1969 and became a frequent session guest thereafter. Only the Fall recorded more Peel sessions.

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Sessions

Ivor recorded 22 sessions for Peel's show over a period of thirty years. Only the Fall recorded more, yet just one (#8) has been officially released, as The Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit). Cutler was also part of the Carol Concert grouping on the Christmas special of 26 December 1970.

1. Recorded 1969-05-05. First broadcast: 07 May 1969. Some tracks performed live. No known repeats.

  • Trouble Trouble / An Old Poltroon / Bounce, Bounce, Bounce / There And Back Via Sweden / In My Room There Sits A Box / Beatrice And Her Dirty Knees / An Indirect Love Poem

2. Recorded 1971-02-15. First broadcast: 27 February 1971. Repeated: 08 May 1971.

  • Trouble Trouble / I'm Going In A Field / A Second Before Is Not Now / Ivor You Are Beautiful / My Father Once Had / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol II Episode 2 / Sit Down / Man With The Trembly Nose / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol II Episode 7 / A Lemon On The Grass / A Seal Is A Sheep, Two Balls / Two Fried Eggs For Sixpence

3. Recorded 1971-11-08. First broadcast: 24 November 1971. No known repeats.

  • I Believe In Bugs / That's What It's All About / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol II Episodes 1 & 9, The Green Rain / Mud, If All The Cornflakes / I Like Sitting / When I Entered Heaven / Poem By My Son Jeremy

4. Recorded 1973-09-03. First broadcast: 25 September 1973. Repeated: 11 December 1973.

Piano Tuner Song AD2000 / A Wag At The Flicks / Gooseberries & Bilberries / I Worn My Elbows / Poems From 'Many Flies Have Feathers' / Pearly Gleam / Life In A Scotch Sitting-Room Vol II Episode 4 (TX on repeat).

5. Recorded 1974-11-14. First broadcast: 28 November 1974. Repeated: 30 January 1975.

  • Railway Sleepers/Three Sisters / I'm Walkin' To A Farm/Baby Sits Alone/Lean/The Turn/What? / Big Jim / Yellow Fly/I Think Very Deeply / Song Of The Sky / Life In A Scotch Sitting-Room Vol II Episode 6

6. Recorded 1975-09-25. First broadcast: 14 October 1975: Repeated: 29 December 1975

  • Pearly Winged Fly / Go And Sit Upon The Grass / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Volume II Episode 11 / Fremsley / True Humility / Nigerians In A Tunnel / I Spent Ten Years / Sleepy Old Snake / Little Black Buzzer / A Wooden Tree

7. Recorded 1976-08-17. First broadcast: 31 August 1976. Repeated: 01 November 1976.

  • Bicarbonate Of Chicken / Barabadabada / In The Chestnut Tree / Rubber Toy / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol II Episode 5 / Lemon Flower / Everybody Got / The Surly Buddy (Story) / I Ate A Lady's Bun / Stubborn Vassals / Fish / Living Donkey / When I Stand On An Open Cart / Irk (9-14 Poems)

8. Recorded 1977-08-10. First broadcast: 17 August 1977. Repeated: 22 September 1977. Available on The Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit).

  • A Great Grey Grasshopper / A Suck Of My Thumb / The Shchi / Get Away From The Wall / The Natural Height Of Cloud/ If We Dug A Hole / I Had A Little Boat/I'm Going In A Field / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol II Episodes 12 & 13 / Jungle Tips

9. Recorded 1978-04-03. First broadcast: 12 April 1978. Repeated: 05 May 1978.

  • Three Piece Suite / Lead Bell / The Head Of A Nail/The Blonde Mouse / A Mouse Asked A Rat/A Small Mouse Beckons / I Even Know What Size/The Old Lady Danced / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol II Episodes 3 & 8 & 14 / My Face Is Red / There's Got To Be Something There / The Green Jrain (3-6 Poems )

10. Recorded 1979-02-20. First broadcast: 27 February 1979. Repeated: 18 April 1979, 28 May 1985.

  • Bubu Bird / Gruts For Tea / Examine The Contents / A Saucer / A Lady Found An Insect / Lunatic / Melon

11. Recorded 1981-04-15. First broadcast: 22 April 1981. Repeated: 18 May 1981.

  • Pellets / OK I'll Count To Eight / A Land Of Penguins / Tomato Brain / Step It Out Lively Boys / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol II Episode. 15 / (Hello Darling, Oh Quartz / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol II Episode 15 / How Do You Do / Dirty Sky)

12. Recorded 1983-03-23. First broadcast: 03 March 1983. Repeated: 23 March 1983.

  • Brenda / Mostly Tins / Bad Eye / Life In A Scottish Sitting Room Vol 2, Episode 17 / Doughnut In My Hand / Old Black Dog / People Run To The Edge / Life In A Scottish Sitting Room Vol 2, Episode 18

13. Recorded 1984-02-15. First broadcast: 22 February 1984. Repeated: 21 March 1984, 19 December 1984.

  • All The Time / The Revelation / Her Equipment / Three Men / Just A Nuance / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 19 / Vegetarians / Lemonade / I Jumped Over A Wall / Jelly Mountain / My Next Album / I Built A House

14. Recorded 1985-06-30. First broadcast: 15 July 1985. Repeated: 30 July 1985.

  • Scratch My Back / The Curse / Vermin / A New Home / Large And Puffy / A Country Door / Are You A Tory? / I’m Walkin’ To A Farm / Life In A Scotch Sitting Room, Volume 2, Episode 10 / Knocking At My Door / It’s Snowin'

15. Recorded 1986-05-11. First broadcast: 21 May 1986. No known repeats.

  • Bend Down Yetta / Crunch Crunch / A Ball In A Barrel / One Of The Best / Questionnaire / Glasgow Dreamer Episodes 3 & 4 / Eggmeat / Jewish Jokes / God's Blessing / Laughter And Disbelief / Bucket And Steam / Maturity / Vermin / A New Home / Large And Puffy / Country Door / Are You A Tory? / The Curse / Scratch On My Back

16. Recorded 1987-06-09. First broadcast: 15 June 1987. Repeated: 07 July 1987, 23 December 1987 (omitting the last two tracks below)

  • Clever Night Doctor / The Aggressive Onion-Vendor / The Perambulating Scottish Colander / A Wag At The Flicks / The Shapely Balloon / Me And My Kid Brother

17. Recorded 1991-06-09. First broadcast: 06 July 1991. Repeated: 08 September 1991.

  • Glasgow Dreamer Episodes 6 & 8 / Beside The Fish/Footsteps/Green Light / Biltong/A Long Hard Gland/Hee Haw / Two Coy Hinnies/Insect/Seaweed

18. Recorded 1991-10-31. First broadcast: 15 December 1991. No known repeats.

  • Thick Coat / Neighbours / Eyes Shut Tight / What A Mistake / Glasgow Dreamer Episode 7 / The Following / Squares And Exit / Tea / Sparked Off By

19. Recorded 1992-11-25. First broadcast: 08 January 1993. Repeated: 30 April 1993.

  • Doing The Bathroom Episodes 1 & 2 / The Lid / 25,000 Miles / Part Of The Ground / Between Two Walls / Your Side / Pschawa / Ros Vulgaris / A Dale Song / Two Paracetamol

20. Recorded 1993-11-16. First broadcast: 08 January 1994. Repeated: 08 April 1994.

  • Gym Mistress / Billy's Wife / Sharks / Slut / A High Treat / Spreadeagled / Terrific Fun / My Top 20 Words / Glasgow Dreamer Episode 19

21. Recorded 1995-03-08. First broadcast: 29 April 1995. No known repeats.

  • Her Body / Squashing Hard / Five Or Seven / A Long Fine / A Stuggy Pren / Glasgow Dreamer Episode 9 / The Other Half / Ben Jacob / Flies

22. Recorded 1998-06-12 at Ivor's home. First broadcast: Late 1998 / Early 1999. Broadcast over 2 or 3 Peel and Kershaw shows.

  • Alone / What / The Painful League / Birdswing / And So Do I / A Romantic Man / Jam / What Have You Got (Spoken Intro)
Kershaw (1999-07-29)
  • A Ball In The Barrel / The Darkness / Blind / Irk / One Of The Best / A Flat Man / Questionnaire / Smack / Out With The Light

Other tracks played

(The list below was researched only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is incomplete. Please add further information if known.)

1974

1977

  • 03 October 1977: Life In A Scottish Sitting Room Vol II Episode 6 (LP: Jammy Smears) Virgin

1983

  • 11 October 1983: My Darling (LP (with Linda Hirst): Privilege) Rough Trade
1986
1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1996

  • 05 May 1996: Life In A Scotch Sittingroom Vol 2 Episode 15 (LP: Dandruff) Virgin
  • 30 November 1996: Life In A Scotch Sittingroom Vol 2 Episode 1 (LP: Dandruff) Virgin

1997

1998

Other

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