The ONLY ONES – ” The Peel Sessions “

Posted: January 4, 2018 in MUSIC
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The Only Ones formed in 1976 at the dawn of the punk era although while incorporating elements of that style they also brought studied musicianship with guitarist John Perry citing Jeff Beck and Hendrix as major influences. Singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist Peter Perrett, on the other hand, was steeped in the melancholic acid musings of Syd Barrett and his vocal phrasings often echoed the drawl of punk godfather Lou Reed. The band line-up was completed by Alan Mair on bass and ex-Spooky Tooth member Mike Kellie on drums.

Initially active in the late 1970s, they were associated with punk rock yet straddled the musical territory in between punk, power pop and rock, with noticeable influences from psychedelia (qualities they shared with contemporaries the Soft Boys).

The band’s debut album for CBS included the critically-acclaimed single ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’. Whilst it might be claimed that The Only Ones never realised their full potential, they were somewhat dogged by record label pressures, internecine wrangling and, inevitably, Peter Perrett’s drug dependency. The band split after working out their CBS contract in 1981.

Peel played the group’s self-released debut single when issued in summer 1977 and continued to support the group over the next few years, booking them for a total of four sessions. He described perennial Festive 50 favourite ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’ as an “artful little caprice” but wasn’t sure what to make of the group’s 1980 single “Fools”, a duet recorded with Pauline Murray, formerly of Penetration:

“still haven’t come to terms with the new Only Ones single featuring Pauline Murray. I see it as a sort of a bit of a jape. It’s quite an amiable record in a way but not what one expects at all. Nothing wrong with that I suppose. One looks forward to the forthcoming LP though.”

This didn’t dissuade him from playing it on at least two occasions though upon release.

In 1989 Peel was impressed with the release of a live album recorded in 1977 (“genuinely a first class LP” and a few years later mentioned that the group’s Peel sessions LP was amongst his favourite Strange Fruit releases .

Peel also played at least one track from England’s Glory, the band Perrett fronted immediately before forming the Only Ones and whose demo recordings were first issued in the late Eighties.

The complete session recorded by The Only Ones on 13th September 1977 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on the 20th of that month.

Tracklist: 1. Lovers Of Today (0:07) 2. Oh No (3:15) 3. Telescopic Love (Special View) (5:23) 4. In Betweens (8:11)

The complete session recorded by The Only Ones on 19th December 1978 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on 3rd January 1979.

Tracklist: 1. Miles From Nowhere (0:07) 2. Flaming Torch (3:47) 3. From Here To Eternity (6:06) 4. Prisoners (9:30)

The complete session recorded on the 5th April 1978 by The Only Ones for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on the 14th of that month.

Tracklist: 1. Another Girl, Another Planet (0:07) 2. The Beast (3:07) 3. No Peace For The Wicked (8:47) 4. Language Problem (11:24)

The complete session recorded by The Only Ones on 21 May 1980 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and broadcast on 2nd June 1980.

Tracklist: 1. The Happy Pilgrim (0:07) 2. The Big Sleep (2:49) 3. Oh Lucinda (Love Becomes A Habit) (8:03) 4. Why Don’t You Kill Yourself (11:16)


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