Blake Paints Peel

Pop artist Sir Peter Blake has painted a portrait of the late and much-lamented John Peel to feature on the sleeve on a new compilation of the DJ’s favourite tracks, John Peel-Right Time, Wrong Speed:1977-1987, the first of a trilogy celebrating Peel’s career.

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Pop artist Sir Peter Blake has painted a portrait of the late and much-lamented John Peel to feature on the sleeve on a new compilation of the DJ’s favourite tracks, John Peel-Right Time, Wrong Speed:1977-1987, the first of a trilogy celebrating Peel’s career.

Warner Music creative consultant and art director, Scott Parker commissioned Blake. “The choice of Peter was made for various reasons, primarily because of his distinctive style but also because of his heritage of working with the greats of the music industry and the creative similarities in the paths of both men,” says Parker. “I wanted a sleeve that was a celebration of John’s life and work and not a tombstone. We presented Peter with a selection of photos which were approved by John’s family and he chose the image to paint. From here it was a case of paying regular visits to his expansive and museum-like studio in Chiswick to see the progress,” says Scott Parker.

It’s out on Warner on 9 October. Here’s the tracklist. Sounds like a good album:

CD1
Buzzcocks What Do I Get?
Stiff Little Fingers Alternative Ulster
The Cure A Forest
Killing Joke Pssyche
Slits Typical Girls
The Only Ones Another Girl, Another Planet
Jesus and Mary Chain Just Like Honey
Laurie Anderson O Superman
Jonathan Richman Roadrunner
Misty In Roots Mankind
Rezillos Can’t Stand My Baby
The Ruts In a Rut
4 Brothers Pasi Pano Pane Zviedzo
The Damned New Rose
The Jam Down in the Tube Station At Midnight
Scritti Politti Sweetest Girl
Steel Pulse Ku Klux Klan
Mekons Where were You?
Ivor Cutler Life In A Scotch Sitting Room

CD2

Joy Division Atmosphere
Cocteau Twins Musette and Drums
The Smiths There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Echo & the Bunnymen Over The Wall
The Associates Party Fears Two
Grandmaster Flash The Message
Wah! Hope (I Wish You’d Believe Me)
Sugarcubes Birthday
Red Guitars Good Technology
Poet & The Roots All Wi Doin Is Defendin
Redskins Keep On Keeping On
Birthday Party Release the Bats
The Wild Swans Revolutionary Spirit
Gang Of Four Damaged Goods
Wedding Present Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
Cabaret Voltaire Just Fascination
Undertones You’ve got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It?)
The Fall Eat Y’self Fitter
Half Man Half Biscuit The Trumpton Riots

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