Peel’s Picks

John Peel’s NME Readers’ Poll 1980 selections, from the NME, 24 January, 1981.

Disc Jockey

John Peel

Most wonderful human being: Kenny Dalglish
Event: Birth of my son Thomas James Dalglish Ravenscroft
Creep: Originator of the “Ripper 13 Police nil” chant taken up by Leeds United supporters
Best group: The Fall
New act: Bow Wow Wow
Male singer: Mark E. Smith
Female singer: Barbara Gogan
Songwriter: John O’Neill (Undertones)
Guitarist: Marco Pirroni
Bass: The Shend (Cravats)
Keyboards: The Pig (wife)
Drums: Phil Calvert (The Birthday Party)
Other instrument: Sheena Easton (“Bagpipes, tambourine – she plays on my heart.”)
Single: ‘Totally Wired’, ‘How I Wrote Elastic Man’ (The Fall – joint favourites)
Album: ‘Misty In Roots’
Sleeve: ‘Cravats In Toyland’
Best dressed: John Cooper Clarke
Haircut: Mine
DJ: Allan Dell (Dance Band Days DJ)
TV show: Minder
Movie: Sir Henry At Rawlinson’s End (“Because I work unsociable hours it’s difficult to go to films. I didn’t go all last year, but I’d like to see this one.”)


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