PEEL REGENERATED featuring The Nightingales, Blue Orchids, The Inca Babies, The Wolfhounds, etc THE NIGHTINGALES were formed by former members of The Prefects following that band's demise in 1979. Described in John Robb's definitive book on 'post punk' (Death To Trad Rock) as "The misfits' misfits" and comprising an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early '80's as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them - "Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980's to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans". In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004, with Lloyd being joined by original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley. After fucking about with various wastrels, precious sorts and mercenaries the group arrived at it's current line up, which features Lloyd, Apperley, Andreas Schmid from Faust on bass and ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson. They did eight sessions for John Peel. BLUE ORCHIDS are a post-punk band formed in Manchester in 1979 by former members of The Fall - Martin Bramah and Una Baines. Early singles included 'The Flood' and John Peel favourite 'Work' both issued on Rough Trade Records. They were invited by Echo & The Bunnymen to support them on their UK tour in 1981 which introduced them to a wider audience and their debut album ' The Greatest Hit' went on to sell 10,000 copies. They have reformed on several occasions and were recently as active in 2012 when they played dates in Liverpool, Manchester (John Peel all-dayer) and London. They did two sessions for John Peel. THE WOLFHOUNDS are an indie rock band formed in Romford in 1985 by Dave Callahan, Paul Clark, Andy Golding, Andy Bolton and Frank Stebbing. They reformed in 2005 and continue to write, record and play live to this day, releasing a new EP in April 2012, their first new recordings since 1990. The Wolfhounds signed to the Pink label in 1986. It was around this time they played a sold out show at the Dovecot Arts Centre. First EP Cut The Cake was well enough received for the NME to include them on their C86 compilation album. After three singles and debut album Unseen Ripples From A Pebble on Pink, they briefly moved to Idea Records for the Me single, then rejoined Pink's boss at his new label September Records. September soon evolved into Midnight Music which was the Wolfhounds' home for all subsequent releases. With original members Bolton and Clark replaced by David Oliver and Matt Deighton, the Wolfhounds' sound developed into a denser, less poppy sound. After a compilation of earlier material, second album proper Bright and Guilty was released in 1989, featuring the singles Son of Nothing, Rent Act and Happy Shopper. The sound progressed further with the albums Blown Away (also 1989) and Attitude (1990), which found them in Sonic Youth territory, interspersing raging guitars with elegant compositional exercises. This proved to be the final Wolfhounds release - the band splitting in early 1990. The Wolfhounds got back together in 2005 for a gig to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of their first single Cut the Cake in 1985. In 2006, they were asked by Bob Stanley of St Etienne to play at the ICA in London, alongside Roddy Frame and Phil Wilson, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the seminal NME cassette C86. They did two sessions for John Peel. Manchester's INCA BABIES are well known to audiences at the Georgian Theatre as they previously supported Punishment of Luxury in July 2012 and headlined in 2011. They started life as a Birthday Party/Cramps fixated band but as time moved on they developed their own sound which can be quite clearly heard on 'Opium Den' and 'This Train'. They split -up in 1988 but reformed in 2006 around a nucleus of original members Harry Stafford and Bill Marten and Goldblade/Membranes drummer Rob Haynes. Cherry Red Records put out a compilation entitled 'Plutonium' which featured the original line-ups finest moments. Sadly Marten passed away whilst they were recording a new album 'Death Message Blues' but they recruited Vince Hunt from A Witness and have never looked back releasing 'Deep Dark Blue' in 2013. They have a new album to promote and in total did four sessions for John Peel. A WITNESS are an alternative rock band formed in Stockport in 1982. Rick Aitken (Guitar) and Vince Hunt (bass) formed the nucleus of the original line-up that also featured a drum machine. Keith Curtis later of The Membranes joined as a vocalist in 1986 along with Noel Kibride (guitar). They released several singles the most notable which was 'Loudhailer Songs' which made the indie top ten in 1984 whilst the band's debut album 'I Am John's Pancreas' released in 1986 reached #18. John Peel was an avid fan of the band and the four sessions they did were eventually released in 1989, sadly Aitken died following a climbing accident. Hunt reformed the band earlier this year to mark the 25th anniversary of Aitken's passing. They did four sessions for John Peel. THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD was essentially solo project put together by former Big Flame member Alan Brown. Utilising a fluid line-up of musicians Brown recorded three 12" singles for the Ron Johnson record label but it had gone bust by the time the debut album 'Don't Be Afraid Of Change' was released. A compilation was issued and a new album appeared as recently as 2012 entitled This Is Our Decade Of Living Cheaply and Getting By'. They did two sessions for John Peel. THE CRUMPLEHORNS are a relatively new band from Scarborough who supported The Nightingales recently and have drawn comparisons with early Wire. One of the band members was in a C86-band called The Boy Racer. Teesside's finest post-punk band PELLETHEAD have been playing together for over 20 years and unusually possess three different songwriters and vocalists! They have drawn comparisons with Captain Beefheart, The Fall and Husker Du. They have supported The Cravats, Punishment of Luxury and Vic Godard & Subway Sect at the Georgian Theatre and although they never did a session with John Peel their debut single did feature on his show. Three very different solo artists are also taking part TED CHIPPINGTON is your Peel Regenerated host for the day whilst GERRY COLVIN is better known as one half of the Terry & Gerry skiffle duo that were popular on the live circuit in the mid-eighties and did two sessions for John Peel. Last but certainly not least is TERRY EDWARDS the saxophone/keyboard player from Gallon Drunk but who started off in The Higsons and has done session work for numerous left field artists such as The Blockheads, PJ Harvey & Tom Waits. Terry requested to be part of the day and who are we to argue? He has also featured on four John Peel sessions. We are doing this gig in association with SHELTER - the housing and homeless charity. You can read more about them here: http://england.shelter.org.uk/
Nightingales, Ted Chippington & Helen McCookerybook Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early 80s as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel. In the late 80s they stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, re-grouped in 2004. Now they're more productive than ever, releasing five 7" singles, a 10" EP, four studio albums, two live LPs, touring and recording radio sessions. Current line up features Robert Lloyd and Alan Apperley (The Prefects), Andreas Schmid from Faust and ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson. A brand new LP is scheduled for release in early 2014. Plus cult comedian Ted Chippington "a mixture of surrealism and insolent provocation and uncomprosmising boredom." - Stewart Lee. Also special guest Helen McCookerybook (Joby and the Hooligans/The Chefs/Helen and the Horns).
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