Choosing the bits to go out on 6 Music...
All five and a half hours of the final John Peel Perfumed Garden Show turned up at the BBC, and it was decided by the Head of Programmes at BBC 6 Music that excerpts of this programme should be aired during the week of the anniversary of John Peel's death.
What we had were five and a half hours of programme to fit into four 27 minute slots in the 6 Music night time schedule. The entire programme has been painstakingly restored by music enthusiast Guy Brown and to him we should all be eternally thankful.
Anyway, how to go about picking the best 100 minutes of the full 330 minutes available to us? We decided to keep both the same intro and outro that John played in this show so we stuck with the Beatles even though everyone knows these songs. Also we felt that it was fitting to pay respect to the Beatles as John wouldn't have started his radio career in the States had it not been for the Beatles and Beatle Mania and the Beatles along with Brian Epstein were instrumental in the success of the Perfumed Garden.
We tried to keep the spirit of the show alive, it was after all the sixties and more importantly it was 1967, the 'Summer of Love'. It was also important to try and play as much of the obscure stuff in these programmes as it was to play the hits. We thought other people might have went for the more obvious choices of playing only the Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Beefheart, The Rolling Stones, Donovan etc etc but we wanted to play music which we hadn't heard before but was equally as impressive as say Jimi Hendrix (who didn't make the final cut either incidentally).
The full tracklistings of the show will be available online. It would be interesting to hear what people think they would have included and why. We hope you enjoy the shows and we hope you feel that we have done them some justice.