John Peel day on Radio 1. Despite how much I loved his shows, and how much I respected him, I didn’t get caught up in the idea of today, and even thought I probably wouldn’t bother listening in. I’m glad I did. I tuned in at 7pm and since then I’ve heard Status Quo, some frenzied happy hardcore, The Specials and The Smiths in session, a blinding live take on Blindness by The Fall, and am currently listening to some live stuff which New Order recorded for the BBC yesterday – all Joy Division songs. Transmission and Atmosphere were just spellbinding, Barney shouting “Move back, move back” between verses, so it’s clearly getting pretty hectic. After Atmosphere he said “We don’t want anyone getting hurt. Least of all me”. Hooky, who wouldn’t be in trouble if caught in a scrum, cut him short. “Let’s do this one for Ian, lads”. Gulp.
They’re playing yodelling now. Five more hours to go. Fantastic.