The Peel sessions, broadcast over five decades on John Peel's late night Radio 1 show, are legendary. Peel and his producer would pick the bands that they wanted to feature and then ask the band to record live for the show, normally in the BBC's Maida Vale studios.
Stemming from necessity as a result of a Union-negotiated 'needletime' rule that Radios 1 and 2 could only play a certain amount of music each day that was on vinyl (for our younger visitors, that's what we had before cassette tapes, which is what we had before CDs, which is what we had before mp3), the Sessions became a music phenomemon. To be invited to do a Peel Session was a great honour and tribute - Deaf School were invited three times.
Deaf School's three Peel Sessions ran broadly in parallel with the release of their three studio-recorded LP records made between 1976 and 1978, 2nd Honeymoon, Don't Stop The World and English Boys/Working Girls and featured songs from those albums. Follow the links below for full details of each Deaf School Peel Session, all the recordings from which are featured on The Anthology CD.