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The Picket John Peel Celebration 27th May 2008
Music loving John Peel would have been proud of this night. In fact all music lovers would have been. It had everything from his Tim Buckley/Nick Drake folk period via ‘All Along the Watchtower” and “Like A Hurricane” right through to the punk chaos of “White Man In Hammersmith Palais” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”
The basic idea according to the brochure was to get a variety of acts to perform songs from John Peel’s All Time Festive 50. A brilliant idea and what a night! Something Sally started the proceedings with rousing renditions of The Strokes “Last Night” and John Peel’s favourite “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones. John Smith stunned the crowd with his superb version of “Song To the Siren” by This Mortal Coil followed by Eugene McGuiness who brought the house down with his interpretations of “Pump It Up” by Elvis Costello and “This Charming Man” by The Smiths.
Tom Hingley (ex- Inspirals) and his band did stomping versions of “Can’t Be Sure” by The Sundays and “Debaser” by The Pixies followed by James Walsh (Starsailor) whose renditions of “True Faith” by New Order and “Shipbuilding” by Robert Wyatt had the crowd screaming for more. Ian McNabb went all guitar rock with fantastic versions of Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”, Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine” and Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane.”
It was left to members of The Farm (accompanied by Phil Hayes ex High Five) with Ian McNabb. Ian Prowse, and James Walsh appearing to invade the stage to finish this incredible evening with anarchic versions of “White Man In Hammersmith Palais” “Police and Thieves by The Clash and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” Joy Division. As The Farm tried to keep the rhythm together Mc Nabb and Walsh appeared to be playing funk riffs over reggae songs but the anarchy added to the occasion, after all this was a tribute to a man who would have loved this type of revolutionary spirit! Chaotic scenes ensued as musicians invaded the stage from all angles to get in on the action all in the spirit of punk, all in the spirit of Peelie, for the lucky ones there, it will be a night to remember, a fitting tribute to the great man!
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