Flashback Friday: Peel Sessions


The Peel Sessions was released in June of 1992. The disc contained the first cover track  the Pumpkins ever released called Girl Named Sandoz (originally performed by the Animals). The tracks were recorded live for  the late John Peel radio show on Sept 8th 1991. The artwork is by James.

Billy wrote about the recording session in the original Pisces Iscariot release “”from our slightly infamous john peel session. we of course showed up expecting to meet john peel, but it’s not like that at all. we were 2 hours late due to some technical misunderstanding– but we were treated so poorly by this idiot who used to be the drummer from mott the supple that it is probably *1 on our all time worst experiences list. this was originally recorded by the animals roughly around the time that jimi hendrix went to england to become… well you catch my drift. vented thru to many years of out and out riffdom. this still sounds powerful to my jaded ears, i mean we meant it back then, but that was long agoe. but that was long a go-go, so we only ended up recording 3 songs that day(siva and smiley too) because it was so uptight, but i’m glad we did tolerate that mott the nipple that day even though i don’t think we would now.””

In the reissue Billy wrote “recorded for our first bbc session, we were led like lambs to the slaughter by a bored ex-rock star (who was assigned to us as session producer) and his chief engineer (a cockney who hated our too-loud sound). we were mocked for asking any question, and each and every request to change a sound was met with a fake turning of the knobs; to which i yelled ‘do you think i am deaf and can’t hear that you haven’t done anything?’ the upside of this charade was that in anger we played with ferocious might; one of the few documents we have in studio that captures the way we were meant to destroy music and each other by exalting in its ad infinitum power.”

An interesting collector note is on one of the releases in the UK it has the image of the clown face on the disc and the Australia disc came with a number of misspellings.