Magazine, Killing Joke Peel Sessions





Magazine due Nov. 25,
Joke comes out Oct. 14

By Blurt Staff


Magazine, the late-1970s post-punk band led by Buzzcocks
vocalist Howard Devoto, will get the Complete Peel Sessions treatment Nov. 25
via Virgin/Caroline. This will be the first time the band’s performances on the
late John Peel’s venerated BBC Radio 1 show. The tracks were recorded during Magazine’s
four “Peel Sessions” appearances between 1978 and 1980.


From the press release:  


While many of their
British contemporaries forged ahead in punk and pop as the ‘70s waned, Magazine
created a new hybrid sound that has distinguished the band from its peers. “I
wasn’t that wild on punk rock,” commented Devoto. “There was a lot of negative
energy, perhaps to its credit. I was uncomfortable, even disturbed, and
somewhat scared by some of it.” At a time when many others in the UK’s music
scene seemed to be trying to recreate The Clash or rewrite The Ramones
songbook, Magazine covered songs by artists as diverse as John Barry, Sly
Stone, and Captain Beefheart.  “I’m not
stupid and I refuse to pretend to be,” declared Devoto to the NME.


Magazine’s Complete
John Peel Sessions collection presents fascinating, live-in-the-studio versions
of the band’s standout hits, as well as many tracks that were only released as
singles. Peppered among the Magazine originals are highly individual covers,
including Sly & The Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf
Agin)” and Captain Beefheart’s “I Love You, You Big Dummy.”  Also of particular interest is Magazine’s
version of “Boredom,” which Howard Devoto originally sang on the Buzzcocks’
debut, Spiral Scratch EP, when he was that group’s lead vocalist.


Magazine will reunite
for three performances in February 2009 (two in London and one in the band’s
hometown of Manchester). The lineup will include Howard Devoto, Dave Formula,
Barry Adamson and drummer John Doyle. Magazine’s original guitarist John
McGeoch passed away in 2004.


On October 14, Virgin/Caroline World Service will release Killing Joke: The Peel Sessions 1979-1981.
The CD and digital collection includes 17 in-studio performances Killing Joke
recorded for the BBC Radio program.



Magazine: The Complete
John Peel Sessions
(CD, digital album)


1. Touch and Go (2/14/78)

2. The Lights Pour Out Of Me (2/14/78)

3. Real Life (‘Definitive Gave’) (2/14/78)

4. My Mind Ain’t So Open (2/14/78)

5. Give Me Everything (7/24/78)

6. Burst (7/24/78)

7. I Love You, You Big Dummy (7/24/78)

8. Boredom (7/24/78)

9. TV Baby (5/8/79)

10. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (5/8/79)

11. Permafrost (5/8/79)

12. A Song From Under The Floorboards (1/7/80)

13. Twenty Years Ago (1/7/80)

14. Look What Fear’s Done To My Body (AKA I Love You Because
You’re Frightened) (1/7/80)

15. Model Worker (1/7/80)

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