Today is my 46th birthday… it is also the day 6 years ago we lost John Peel.
In his latter years I enjoyed John Peel more for his radio 4 outings and the lovely random, “I don’t give a shit that this is tele” broadcasts too. The way he undermined Top of the Pops and the cheesy DJ’s he worked with.
I could cliche this and wax lyrical about what his radio programme did for generations of young musos and creative types but every man and his dog does that.
But since his parting the world of new music has lacked a voice. A detached. Uncommercial. “I’m not trying to make a career for myself, I just like the music” type voice.
The reason John Peel was a legend is that not only did he pick up on some pretty good music in his time but the way he went about it was such a good example to all of us involved in whatever way in new music. You don’t like bands because it could be good for your career. You don’t hurl yourself at passing bandwagons in the hope of some reflected glory. Or book acts because it improves relations with a record company or manager you want voice over work from.
So I look for BBC website stuff on John Peel… (click on heading above to see the site) how do we celebrate the man that brought this whole concept to the BBC?
The site that is his home (I think) hasn’t been updated since 2007… there is other stuff from BBC Introducing programmes, sessions, BBC 6Music etc around the BBC but the site really looks uncared for and this is a shame.
So wouldn’t it be lovely (as some of us think of him today) if he had a proper home that celebrates his life fully on the BBC website?
Also, I’d really like it if all people who work with new music would take a look at what John Peel was and understand it’s not about them and their career path it’s about the bands and the music.
Too many journos, presenters, wannabes and DJs now look at new music as a vehicle for them. Like it’s a staging post to a career on ITV 4.
It’s about the music… man
The music and the bands are the thing. It was for Peel and it should be for you if you are lucky enough (as I am) to get sent new music and have the privilege to play it on the radio.
So come on new music practitioners. All of you. Cut the crap and remember the opportunity here is for the artist not you.
Just press the buttons, support the music and occasionally talk some crap in between.