Napalm Death are one of the more extreme bands supported by John Peel, and illustrate the unprecedented diversity of his taste. Formed in Ipswich in 1982, Napalm Death were early exponents of the 'grindcore' genre, pushing the boundaries of heavy metal by warping traditional song structures to produce short, sharp bursts of ear-splitting noise and ferocious screaming. John Peel was an ardent supporter of the band, and repeatedly played the 4-second track 'You Suffer' on his show. Napalm Death recorded a now-legendary Peel Session in September of 1987. These recordings were later released by Strange Fruit Records in 1989 and re-released as part of Napalm Death's 'Complete BBC Sessions' album in July 2000.
"There was a period in about 1988 when we had thrash band, after thrash band, after thrash band coming in to do Maida Vale sessions. These bands played pretty hard, full-on music, and they'd been in a tour van for the last two weeks, and you'd walk into their studio and you'd know they'd been working hard, if you know what I mean. Napalm Death was an extraordinary session because the songs were so short. When a song only lasts two seconds you can hardly say to the band, 'Can you play that again please, I think a guitar was out of tune."