In 2002 John Osborne won a competition on John Peel's Radio One show. His prize was a box of records from Peel's shed, which took eight years to listen to. Not surprising really, as the vinyl piled 4ft high. Nestled amongst a fair proportion of German heavy metal lay the likes of Royal Trux, Pere Ubu, Los Sonámbulos and Chilly Gonzales. Osborne was inspired to create a radio show out of the best of them following a research visit to Norwich based Future Radio.
"Osborne perches on the edge of his armchair reading the sleeve-notes of a record by a Boyzone punk covers band called 'Oizone'. On a side table opposite, sits a portable radio and a glass of wine. At his feet, a crackling record player. Scattered around him like a teenager's bedroom, lies several dozen records. John clears his throat, and begins...."
Featuring a selection of records previously owned by the late, great John Peel including many rare recordings by obscure and now defunct bands, the show is an ode to radio and those records. It is also a unique opportunity for Peel fans to relive evenings religiously tuned in to the wireless on Peel nights awaiting new music that was to either excite and/or assault the ears.
John Peel's Shed is on November 17 at 9pm at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2 Shepperton Road, N1 3DT. Tickets: £5. Box Office: 020 7704 6665