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Tommy Shanks
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posted 28 October 2004 03:16 PM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just read about it in the G&M(You can read about it here: http://makeashorterlink.com/?M21632E99 The online Globe obit doesn't cover much).

If there ever was a champion for under-the-radar bands and musicians he was it. I can't imagine of the many, many, (pick one, Joy Division/New Order, the Undertones, PJ Harvey, Dinosaur Jr, Wedding Present??) who he helped break or supported through his show getting a deal with MCA or Sony.

When I was a kid, buying any edition of "The Peel Sessions" was a sure way to find a band that while not necessarily your cup of tea, was at least not a pre-packaged piece of major label tripe. I remember getting them (actual records. Sigh, those were the days) by the armload at the old Record Peddler on Queen near Jarvis. Would have been great to get the radio program in Canada. Too bad the internet wasn't a few decades older.

I got this great picture in a book at home with , its gotta be, a fifty year old Peel sitting on a stoop, smirking, and wearing these green 14-hole Docs. I always thought that his would be some kind of life.

[ 28 October 2004: Message edited by: Tommy Shanks ]


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Screaming Lord Byron
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posted 28 October 2004 03:24 PM      Profile for Screaming Lord Byron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Peel is absolutely irreplaceable, I grew up listening to Peel's show on Radio 1.
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spindoctor
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posted 28 October 2004 04:17 PM      Profile for spindoctor   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I had only recently come across Peel. Queen's radio broadcast his show on occasion. Man o man, what a great guy!
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