Remember John Peel With A Spin Through The PeelPlayer, Which Will Send You Down A Rabbit Hole Of Fantastic Indie

Pulp's "Babies," No. 23 on the 1994 Festive Fifty

The late BBC DJ John Peel unexpectedly passed away seven years ago today, leaving behind a legacy of inimitable musical curiosity and knowledge that reverberated throughout the world—even in the pre-internet era. Since then, the day's been unofficially dubbed

John Peel Day

by people who want his spirit to live on; I just spent an hour or so honoring his memory by tooling around just-launched website

the Peelplayer

, which contains streams (usually via YouTube) of tracks from every year-end top 50 singles list—known as the Festive Fifty—put together by the late legend. The full series of lists is

online here

, but it's way much more fun to skip around and find (or rediscover) gems from the vaults like




, and


. (And if you want to relive some of his Peel Sessions, when he brought artists into the studio and had them play a few songs,

the Scritti Politti fansite Bibbly-O-Tek has a few excellent ones

from that band.)

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