John Peel 13th Anniversary of his death, 25th October 2004 – Top Ten quotes.


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Top Ten Quotes supplied by Ben Skipper – International Business Times.

“I just want to hear something I haven’t heard before.”
“If Elvis were alive today, I think he’d really understand happy hardcore.”
“I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones.”
“Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said, ‘Listen, mate, *life* has surface noise.”
[Around his 50th birthday] “I think my chances of making the Liverpool side are gone now. Might still be able to get a game at one of those London clubs though”
“I don’t know what young people want to hear anymore. The first person who comes up and asks me for Bon Jovi risks a ritual disembowelling on stage… and that’s a promise.”
[On Billie Holiday] “I think she could have infused even Spice Girls songs with a touch of melancholy.”
[On his Top of the Pops debut] “In case you’re wondering who this funny old bloke is, I’m the one who comes on Radio 1 late at night and plays records made by sulky Belgian art students in basements dying of TB.”
“Science will almost certainly never come up with anything as wonderful as the electric guitar…”
“I’ll tell you what, y’know, I’ve not done this for ages, but I think we ought to hear that again, hold on….” [Plays Teenage Kicks again]

Jim Breeds… Still missing not hearing him on the radio 🙁

Will Cornelll… My favorite DJ ever, and that’s with listening to him on a Grundig SSB somewhere on the 31 meter band each Friday evening after supper. My own favorite quote was when he was cuing up a single by some new band that had featured guest vocals by Mark E. Smith of the Fall (maybe his second favorite ever band)…. he explained “Now you can buy this single with two edits, either with or without Mark E. Smith’s contributing backing vocals although I don’t know why anyone in their right mind would prefer the ‘without’ version”. He was a Dallas TX broadcast vet too, you know! And usually ended his 30 min show on the BBC Worldwide with some suitably greasy, bluesy track from Fat Possum or other cool label to remind himself and his listeners of time spend over here.

Jim Breeds… Somewhere I still have some cassettes of his Radio 1 shows in the 70s that I recorded with a mic paced in front of my transistor radio.

Mike Curtis… He played a record by Jim Croce. “I should say ‘the late Jim Croce’ or if I was a management consultant I’d say ‘he’s currently experiencing an ongoing non-life situation’”.

Pete Prescott… Loved his miserable yet youthful take on life, very funny. Very much against what was expected of him. Much Loved and much missed.  I saw him at a few festivals. He was wonderful. I miss that voice, I would have loved to have met him.

Martin Richter…  read his book ?

Tim Moose Bruce… I remember listening on a certain night in 1977 when he announced matter of factly in his laid back way, ” apparently there is a newsfeed saying that Elvis Presley has died”…

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