John Peel used to say that the reason he sped to Dallas when he’d heard JFK had been shot – and eventually ended up in the same room when Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald – was not just because he was desperate for something interesting to do, but because in 1960, when he’d been on a motorcade campaigning, Peel had wished him luck and JFK, having noticed his accent, spoke to him for about thirty seconds, whereas when he’d said the same thing to Nixon he ignored him , so as far as he was concerned someone had shot His Pal Jack. Sadly we won’t get to see that conversation on this programme as it features footage of his campaigning in Wisconsin in that election, but it’ll still be worth a look.
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Do Not Erase – A Little Respect For Erasure
Monday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2
Not much in the way of Bank Holiday fun on the telly today, aside from In Search Of The Castaways on BBC2 at eight o’clock in the morning, but here’s something a bit special from Radio 2. When it comes to listing the great pop bands of the eighties, Erasure often tend to get left out, coming across as less clever than the Pet Shop Boys, less interesting than Vince’s previous band Yazoo, and less exciting than Vince’s previous previous band Depeche Mode, while their recent output seem pretty much a fans-only affair. However for about a decade, they were huge stars, rarely out of the charts and with a back catalogue as good as anyone else operating in that period (Creamguide’s top three would be Stop, Victim Of Love and Blue Savannah). So well worth an hour of your time this evening, with Ana Matronic in charge.
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