John Peel

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John Peel

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004),

known professionally as John Peel, was a British disc jockey and radio presenter.

He was one of the original DJs of Radio 1 in 1967 and at the time of his death in 2004

the only one remaining on Radio 1. Known for the extraordinary range of his taste in music

and the occasional mistakes (such as playing records at the wrong speed) that marked his shows,

John Peel was one of the most popular and respected DJs in the United Kingdom. His influence

on alternative rock, pop, and dance music is widely acknowledged as being incalculably large.

For more extended information on John Peel, please see Wikipedia... and - above all -

the wonderful John Peel Wiki steadily extended by his wide and dedicated fanbase!

John Peel and The Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy did three Radio One Sessions, two with John Peel in 1982 and 1984, and the other one in 1983 with David 'Kid' Jensen.

The Sisters swear that John Peel played The Damage Done single twice, which was confirmed through the dedicated research of the John Peel Wiki.

However, broadcast was not the title track The Damage Done but the main single b-side track Watch. Read more about these occurrences in the lovely blog

I Was A Teenage Sisters of Mercy Fan under Sisters Mysteries V – did Peel play Damage Done? as well as in this thread at The Heartland Forums.

Sisters tracks broadcast by John Peel

Here is a list of all Sisters tracks ever known to have been aired by John Peel as retrieved from the John Peel Wiki in February 2017.

We strongly recommend you check that lovely page to find more information on the individual broadcasts and their full content.

Thanks to Dan Ishikawa who researched and made the file and to Phil Verne who originally posted this file online, a compilation of all

these tracks is also in circulation among the fanbase. Thanks to reverend some coverart is available under John Peel Shows 1980-85.





  • 26 December 1984: 'Emma' - (Peel Session)
JP: "Possibly the longest fade in the history of recorded music...") - FF#15


(JP: "It does, I think, rather lack the vitality of their previous work.")


  • 08 July 1996: Walk Away (session) (John Peel's Classic Sessions)