September 12, 1979

I’m only a few songs into John Peel’s broadcast on September 12, 1979, and — as Peel might say — it must be said: this show is phenomenal.  So far:

“Where’s the Boy for Me,” The Revillos.

“Engineers,” Gary Numan.

[the less said about The Merton Parkas’s “You Need Wheels” the better, I’m afraid.  And so, to move on:]

“California Uber Alles,” The Dead Kennedys.

“Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen,” Clive Pig.  BONUS! Check out Dennis Bovell’s dubby dub version here:

“Living Doll,” Flowers.  I’m sidestepping the version on Peel’s show for an interesting oddity: Cliff Richard meets The Young Ones!

“Circumstances,” Captain Beefheart.


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