John Peel's Record Box

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John Peel's Record Box
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Genre Documentary
Directed by Elaine Shepherd
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Anita Brown
Original release
  • 14 November 2005 (2005-11-14)

John Peel's Record Box is a documentary film made by Elaine Shepherd, released on 14 November 2005 on Channel 4. It was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award.


It is about a small private collection of the British radio DJ John Peel who died in 2004 at the age of 65. Peel's main archive contained more than 100,000 vinyl records and CDs. This smaller private collection, however, contains 143 singles - some of them doublettes - stored in a private wooden box representing some of his personal favourites. According to the documentary, there are no singles by Peel's favorite group, The Fall, because he kept them in a separate box.

The film features interviews with John's wife Sheila Ravenscroft, radio DJs and artists like Mary Anne Hobbs, Sir Elton John, Ronnie Wood, Roger Daltrey, Feargal Sharkey, Jack White, Michael Palin and Miki Berenyi.

Inside John Peel's Record Box[edit]

No. Artist Title Label Year Comments
1 Al Casey "Surfin' Hootenanny"
"Easy Pickin"
Pye International 1963 Dance-Craze Surf Instrumental with female group vocal excerpts
2 Al Ferrier "I'm Not Drinking More"
"Don't Play Blue Eyes'"
Master Trak 1980 Rockabilly
3 Alan Price Set "I Put a Spell on You"
Decca Records 1966 A UK Chart hit - John Walters, Peel's long-time producer, was a member of The Alan Price Set, and played on this
4 Andy Capp
"The Lion Speaks"
Treasure Island 1969 Classic Reggae Skinhead single
5 The Anemic Boyfriends "Guys Are Not Proud"
"Bad Girls in Love"
Red Sweater Records 1980
6 Ann Peebles "I can't stand the rain"
"I've been there before"
London Records 1972 Classic 70s Soul track
7 Anti-Social "Traffic lights"
"Teacher, teacher"
Dynamite Records 1977
8 Arthur K Adams "Wildwood flower"
"It's a wild, wild, wild, wild wildwood flower"
Jetstar 1966 R&B/Soul artist
9 Big Stick "Drag racing"
"Hell on earth"
Recess Records 1985
10 Bill Oddie "On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at"
"Harry Krishna"
Dandelion Records 1970 The A side was a version of a traditional Yorkshire dialect folk song, rendered in the style of Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles' song "With a Little Help from My Friends"
11 Boards of Canada "Aquarius"
Skam Records 1998
12 Bobby Lee Trammell "If you ever get it once"
"Don't you know I love you"
Alley Records 1964 White R&B-Rock & Roll artist
13 Cat Power "Headlights"
"Darling Said Sir"
The Making of Americans 1994
14 Charlie Feathers "Nobody's darling'"
"Deep elm blues"
Holiday Inn Records 1962 Rockabilly Legend
15 Charlie Feathers "Nobody's woman"
"When you decide"
King Records 1957 The John Peel copies were 1970s repressings, not the expensive original copies!
16 Charlie Feathers "Wild wild party'"
"Today and tomorrow"
Memphis Recordings 1961 Rockabilly
17 Charlie Feathers "Tongue-tied Jill"
"Get with it'"
Meteor Records 1956 repressing again
18 Charlie Feathers "Too much alike'"
"When you come around"
King Records 1957 repressing
19 Cheeze "Dancin With The Dead - Dancin queen"
Bob Records 1989 Produced by Steve Albini
20 Clague "The stride"
"I wonder where"
Dandelion Records 1969
21 Clefs of Lavender Hill "Stop! - Get a ticket"
"First tell me why"
Date 1966 Very minor garage-pop hit, released on UK CBS too
22 Cleveland Crochet "Sugar bee"
"Drunkards dream"
Goldband 1960
23 Don Covay "It's better to have"
"Leave him"
Mercury 1973 Soul artist with hits going back to the early 60s
24 Don French "Lonely Saturday night"
Quality 1959 Canadian issue of Rock & Roll Classic
25 Dreamland Express "Groovy"
EMI 1980
26 Eazy Teeth "Car noise"
"Her blade"
Dental Records 1980 Artwork for 7-inch front cover by Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart
27 Eddie & Ernie "I believe she will"
"We try harder"
Chess 1964 Soul artist
28 Eddie & Ernie "Outcast"
"I'm gonna always love you"
Eastern 1965 Northern Soul, "Outcast" also cut by The Animals on a 1966 B-side
29 Eddie & Ernie "Time waits for no one"
"That's the way it is"
Eastern 1964 Soul artist
30 Electro Hippies "Sheep" / "Starve The City (To Feed The Poor)" / "Meltdown" / "Escape" / "Deadend" / "Thought" / "Chickens" / "Mother" / "Mega-Armageddon Death" Strange Fruit 1987
31 Elmore James "The sky is crying"
"Standing at the crossroads"
Flashback Records 1959 1970s re-release of 1960 hit
32 Firemen "Old Smokie"
"Louie's Theme"
Le Cam 1964
33 Freshmen "You never heard anything like it"
"Bombing run"
Release Records 1979
34 G. L. Crockett "It's a man down there"
"Every hour, every day"
4 Brothers 1965 Classic R&B-Blues vocal hit
35 G. L. Crockett "Look out Mabel"
"Did you ever love somebody"
Checker 1965 re-release of alternate version of 1950s rocker
36 Geater Davis "For your precious love"
"Wrapped up in you"
House of Orange 1971
37 Gene Dozier & The United Front "Give the women what they want"
"The best girl I ever had"
Mercury 1974 B-side is now a Northern-Modern Soul gem
38 Golinski Brothers "Bloody"
Badge Records 1980
39 The Greenhornes "Shadow of grief"
"Stayed up last night"
Italy Records 2000
40 Hooton 3 Car "Danny"
Rumblestrip Records 1995
41 Idle Race "Here we go round the lemon tree"
"My father's son"
Liberty 1967 Issued in the US and Europe but not in UK. In the UK the song was issued by a Roy Wood related group The Move.
42 Izzy Royal "Coronation St"
"Coronation Dub"
WEA 1983 Reggaefied version of the TV theme
43 Jane Bond and The Undercover Men "Hot rod Lincoln"
"Come on up"
Ear Movies Records 1982
44 Jerry Byrd "Memories of Maria"
Monument 1961
45 Jody Reynolds "Endless sleep"
"Western movies"
Liberty 1958 the B-side is an Olympics 1958 track, perhaps a 1970s reissue
46 Johnnie Taylor "I've been born again"
"At night time"
Stax 1974 Classic Soul artist
47 Johnny Adams "You're a lady"
"I wish it would rain"
Atlantic 1972 Classic Soul artist
48 Johnny Fortune "Dragster"
"Soul surfer"
Sonet 1964
49 Ken Colyer's Jazzmen "If I ever cease to love" / "Bucket's got a hole in it"
"Wildcat blues" / "Wabash blues"
Tempo Records 1953 UK jazz group, on UK mid 50s EP
50 La peste "Black"
"Better off dead"
Black Records 1978
51 Larry Bright "Mojo workout"
"I'll change my ways"
Tide 1960
52 Laurie Anderson "O Superman"
"Walk the dog"
One Ten Records 1981 No 2 UK hit, a very long hypnotic synth-pop track
53 Lee Perry "Bafflin' smoke signal"
"Black smoke signal"
Black Arc 1978 Reggae
54 Lightnin' Hopkins "Mojo hand"
"Glory be"
Flashback Records 1960 1970s reissue
55 Marc Bolan Marc Bolan talking to Stevie Dixon
"Jennifer Sharp, Steve"
Ube/Pye Records 1973
56 Mary Monday and her Bitches "I gave my punk jacket to Richie"
Malicious Productions 1977
57 Max Romeo "Sipple out deh' Lee Perry"
Upsetter 1976 Reggae artist
58 MC5 "Looking at you"
A-Square Records 1968 2 copies. "Kick Out The Jams" was their known hit with the spoken intro
59 Medicine Head "Coast to coast"
"All for tomorrow"
Dandelion Records 1970
60 Medicine Head "His guiding hand"
"This love of old"
Dandelion Records 1969
61 Mel and Tim "Starting all over again"
"It hurts to want it so bad"
Stax 1972 Big USA Soul hit, Best known in UK for "Backfield In Motion" song from 1969.
62 Maow featuring Neko Case "Kat nip" / "One night stand" / "Anthem" / "Kill kill kill" / "Catastrophe" / "Boy groupies" Twist Like This Records 1992
63 Mickey Lee Lane "Tutti Frutti"
"With your love"
Mala 1968 White R&B-rock artist best known for his 1965 "Hey Sah-Lo-Ney" and "Shaggy Dog" 45s
64 Mike Spenser and The Cannibals "Good guys"
"Nothing takes the place of you"
Big Cock Records 1978 B-side (cover of Toussaint McCall) preferred.
65 Nice "The thoughts of Emerlist Davjack"
"Azrial (Angel of Death)"
Immediate 1967 UK prog art rock pop
66 Nilsson "Without You"
"Gotta Get Up"
RCA 1971 The big ballad UK No 1 hit
67 Nilsson "Everybody's Talkin'"
"Don't Leave Me"
RCA 1968 'Midnight Cowboy' film song
68 Nilsson "Kojak Columbo"
"Turn Out The Light"
RCA 1975
69 O V Wright "That's how strong my love is"
"There goes my used to be"
Goldwax 1964 USA R&B-Soul artist
70 Paul Blake & The Blood Fire Posse "Every posse get flat"
"Flat out"
Studio Work 1984 Early Reggae Dancehall hit
71 Paul Revere & The Raiders "Him or me - what's it gonna be?"
"Legend of Paul Revere"
CBS 1967 USA Garage - pop group, never managed a UK hit
72 Pavement "Demolition Plot J-7: Forklift" / "Spizzle trunk" / "Recorder grot" / "Internal K-Dart" / "Perfect depth" / "Recorder grot" Drag City 1990
73 Pocket Fishrmen "Yr story"
"The leader is burning"
Noiseville 1989
74 The Quads "There must be thousands"
"You've gotta jive"
Big Bear Records 1979 Often mistakenly listed with A and B sides reversed
75 Ray Martin "Blue tango"
"Bell of the ball"
Columbia Records 1952 One of the very first 45rpm records issued in UK in early 1953 - also the first record that Peel ever bought
76 Revelino "Step on high"
Musicdisc 1996
77 Rod Bernard "This should go on forever"
"Pardon Mr. Gordon"
Jin Records or Argo Records 1958 USA Rock & Roll-Pop artist
78 Roshell Anderson "The grapevine will lie sometimes"
"Such a beautiful thing"
Contempo 1974 USA Soul artist
79 Roy Head "Treat her right"
"So long, my love"
Vocalion 1965 USA white R&B-rock artist
80 Sam & Dave "I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down"
"Soothe me (live)"
Stax 1966 Original version of 'Elvis Costello' 1980 hit record
81 Sasha Caro "Grade 3 section 2"
"Little maid's song"
Decca Records 1967 Obscure UK artist who also cut '"Molotov Molotov"/"Never Play a B Side"'
82 Scrugg "Will the real Geraldine please stand up and be countered"
"Only George'"
Pye 1969 John T Kongos psychedelic-pop act, last of 3 singles
83 Sheena Easton "9 to 5"
EMI 1980 UK Scottish female artist who got her break to fame on BBC TV show
84 Sipho Bhengu "Tickey dopies"
"I saluti"
Inkonkoni 1971
85 Soledad Brothers "Sugar & spice"
"Johnny's death letter"
Italy Records 1998 with Jack White
86 Some Chicken "New religion"
"Blood on the wall"
Raw Records 1977
87 Spit Out "O from I"
Ma Frog Records 1996
88 Stanley Winston "No more ghettos in America"
"It's alright"
Jewel 1970
89 Status Quo "Down Down"
"Night ride"
Vertigo 1974 UK No 1 hit by the long running group
90 Supersister "No tree will grow"
"She was naked"
Dandelion Records 1971
91 The Beatles "Come Together"
"Octopus's Garden"
Melodiya 1969 Likely an East European issue of semi-legal status
92 The Big Three "You've gotta keep her under hand"
"If you ever change your mind"
Decca Records 1964 Early Merseybeat group veering into Rolling Stones type tougher mod R&B with a quality A-side on a later 45!
93 Buzzcocks "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"
"Just Lust"
United Artists 1978 UK chart hit
94 The Factory "Path through the forest"
MGM 1968 UK Psychedelic Masterpiece, if only it had been mixed properly so you could hear the vocals! Also cut a 1969 CBS single "Try A Little Sunshine/Red Chalk Hill". Both 45s are £500-800 rated collectors' items
95 The Galactic Symposium "Y.M.C.A"
"Money "
Vague Records 1978 Well we all have naff records, this is John's!
96 The Legion of Super-Heroes "The great name dropper part 1"
"The great name dropper part 2"
Amy Records 2000
97 The Mark Four "Hurt me if you will"
"I'm leaving"
Decca Records 1965 Mod Beat UK group, later named The Creation with hits with "Making Time" and "Painter Man"
98 The Mighty Avengers "So much in love"
"Sometime they say"
Decca Records 1964 UK beat group, A side is a Rolling Stones song
99 The Misunderstood "I Can Take You To The Sun"
"Who do you love?"
Fontana 1966 USA Garage-Psych group John Ravenscroft (aka John Peel) discovered & promoted in his early days!
100 The Move "I Can Hear the Grass Grow"
"Wave the flag and stop the train"
Deram 1967 UK 1967 big chart hit, related to 'Idle Race' record above
101 The Negatives "Love is not real"
Look 1979
102 The Nightcaps "Wine wine wine"
"Nightcap rock"
Musicor 1959 USA Rock & Roll group
103 The Ramrods "Riders in the sky"
"Zig zag"
London American 1960 Big hit in USA & UK. Song also known as "Ghost Riders In The Sky"
104 The Smoke "My Friend Jack"
"We can take it"
Columbia Records 1966 Legendary banned UK mod psych track 'My friend Jack eats sugarlumps...'
105 The Squirrels "Oz on 45"
"Alone again"
PopLlama 1988
106 The Undertones "Teenage Kicks" / "True Confessions"
"Smarter Than U" / "Emergency Cases"
Good Vibrations 1978 The first issue of this classic track in a custom fold-around sleeve, before the 'Sire' hit issue
107 The Upholsterers "Makers of high grade suites"
"I ain't superstitious" / "Pain"
Sympathy for the Record Industry 2000
108 The Upsetters "Bucky skank"
"Yucky skank"
Down Town 1973 Reggae Roots by Lee Perry
109 The Upsetters "Key card"
"Domino game"
DL International 1975 Reggae Roots by Lee Perry
110 The Users "Sick of you"
"I'm in love with today"
Raw Records 1977 UK Punk group
111 The Versalites "Cutting rasor"
"Black belt Jones"
DL International 1974 Reggae Roots
112 The White Stripes "Lafayette Blues"
"Sugar never tasted so good"
Italy Records 1998
113 The White Stripes "Party of Special Things to Do"
"China Pig"
"Ashtray Heart"
Sub Pop 2000
114 The White Stripes Merry Christmas From The White Stripes: "Candy Cane Children" / "The reading of the story of the Magi, the singing of Silent Night" XL Recordings 2002
115 The White Stripes "It takes two, baby"
"Fell in Love With a Girl"
Sympathy for the Record Industry 2001
116 The White Stripes "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
"Stop Breaking Down"
XL Recordings 2002
117 The White Stripes
The Dirtbombs
"Hand Springs"
"Cedar Point '76"
Extra-Ball Records 1999 For Multiball Magazine, 2000 pieces, rarity
118 The White Stripes "Hotel Yorba (Live at the Hotel Yorba)"
"Rated X"
XL Recordings 2001
119 The White Stripes "Lord, Send Me an Angel"
"You're pretty good looking (Trendy American Remix)"
Sympathy for the Record Industry 2002
120 The White Stripes "Hello operator"
Sympathy for the Record Industry 2000
121 The White Stripes "The Big Three Killed My Baby"
"Red Rolling Ball Ruth"
Sympathy for the Record Industry 1999 2 copies.
122 The Henchmen featuring Jack White "Some other guy"
"Psycho daisies"
Italy Records 1997
123 2 Star Tabernacle featuring Andre Williams "Lily White Mama and Jet Black Daddy"
"Ramblin man'"
Bloodshot Records 1998 Cover photo by Jack White. "Ramblin' man" is cover of Hank Williams.
124 The Wildbunch "Danger (High Voltage)"
"Neurocameraman" / "She's Guatemala"
Flying Bomb Records 2001
125 The White Stripes
Rocket 455
The Blowtops
"Candy Cane Children"
"Santa Ain't Coming For Christmas"
"Sidewalk Santa"
Flying Bomb Records 1998
126 The Dirtbombs
The Real Pills
"My Last Xmas"
"Secret Santa"
"It's Almost December"
Flying Bomb Records 2000
127 Travis Wammack "Fire fly"
ARA 1964 B-Side preferred. "Scratchy" a quirky R&B instrumental, was issued as an A-side on UK Atlantic records in 1964
128 XL Capris "My city of Sydney"
"Dead budgies"
Axle 1980 On a broadcast for BFBS (the British Forces Broadcasting Service) John stated that the record had been sent to him by "someone actually from Sydney Australia".
129 Yami Bolo "Richer than Cory"
"Richard Version"
Jamaica International 1998 Reggae Dancehall
130 Yardbirds "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago"
"Psycho Daisies"
Columbia Records 1966 UK classic 60s psych/mod group

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