October 26, 2004
The Coolest Man On Earth

What a nasty shock. John Peel has died.

John Peel has been at the forefront of progressive music for more years than 40 years. It's difficult to overstate the impact he's had - would punk have made it big without him? And how many other genres saw their first exposure on John Peel's show?

Obviously, it wasn't all good music - but if you aren't willing to look at new things with an open mind, how can you discover the wheat amongst the chaff? John Peel was always willing to listen.

In recent years, his unpretentious style found an additional natural home - Home Truths. He was able to talk to anybody about anything - always interested, never intrusive, sympathetic, but never condescending.

The BBC will miss him. So will I.

Update - I'm now listening to Teenage Kicks - according to John Peel, the best ever record. "I canít imagine anything you could add to it or subtract from it to make it better." and "I've known the Undertones for so long and I've always claimed that it was my favourite record of all time I'd have to take Teenage Kicks."

I'm not sure that the Busted version went down quite so well.

Another update: The UK blogsphere is in mourning.

Posted to Music and Film by Simon Brunning at October 26, 2004 03:33 PM
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