"Then it is dark; a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains." - John Cheever

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

RIP John Peel

BBC - Radio 1 - John Peel


Tom said...

Am gutted. Some of my most evocative teenage memories are listening to the Peel show on week nights, while doing my A level homework.

Colin said...

I felt genuinely upset when I heard this, like he was a family friend or something. I guess that's similar to how menopausal middle englanders felt about Diana, so I won't labour the point. (Although - a memorial service in westminster abbey, with Teenage Kicks instead of Elton John, anyone?) John Peel introduced me to all the weird music I liked as a teenager, which kind of shaped my interests and identity in those (slightly sad) days. Still remember being blown away when I heard the Pixies for the first time, while doing my homework in my bedroom.

Once saw a TV programme he did where he travelled the country visiting towns with an unexpected musical heritage. In East Kilbride (jesus and mary chain, bobby gillespie, alan mcgee) a crowd of kids outside a community centre all started cheerfully chanting 'John Peel, he's my dad, John Peel, he's my dad'.

john said...

yeah - the favourite uncle of our generation :-/