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Wednesday, 27 October 2004



I was listening to the Beeb on News Radio when they announced it, and played Teenage Kicks. I am a big fan of the rawk requieum, very loud, with all the doors and windows open. It was "debaser" (the Pixies) for Kurt Cobain.

I didn't hear him much, but came to know about him through the TV shows "The Trials of OZ" about the OZ magazine case in the UK. Where a young Hugh Grant played Richard Neville. Yep, Richard Neville's mind in Hugh Grant's body. JP was giving evidence about "straight forward fuck music".


I like what you say about what seems like such a rockstar death. Its seems so wrong. I never thought he would be gone--I'm only in my 20s but have been listening to his show on the CBAA for about four years. When I heard him interview biftek I was hooked, if only because he seemed to really know the field, not because I was particularly into them or their music at the time. I had never realised his true age. He wasn't that old, it was just surprising to learn how long he has been around for and what shifts in music (both glacial and sudden) he has witnessed. It kind of helps to explain how he seemed to know so much.


All I remember of John Peel were the 'John Peel Sessions'. So if you roolly rooly liked a band then there was no option but to also fork out your cash to buy slightly different recordings of songs you already had...recorded by John Peel.

Pointless, but the mark of a true fan.


It wasn't that rock star. OK in a hotel room but he was with his wife of 30 years.
And it was a heart-attack - he wasn't hanging naked from the door handle nor lying choked on his own vomit.

Teenage Kicks - he said he could never hear it without thinking of his wife, Sheila especially the lines _ I wanna hold you, I wanna hold you tight - As Hannah said elsewhere. He was a dude.

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