"Opening Speech" is a recording by Andy Partridge. It appeared on and acted as an intro for Drums and Wireless, then the 1998 Transistor Blast box set. It is Andy pretending to be John Peel.


Andy: “[British DJ] John Peel always used the same piece of music every week to open his show. I think it was called ‘Picking the Blues’ by a blues band called Grinderswitch. We thought we would do a parody of his opening bit, just a piss-take, with me putting on a John Peel voice.”


Hello, my name is John Peel, on tonight's programme, I'll be playing playing tracks by The Slute, The Slot, The Groan, Exploding Truss, The Blues Bastards, one from The Geckos, uh... Hubert and his Pile-Tones, The Ear, The Nose, The Throat, uh... the Cassowaries From Hell are here; uh, and Inevitable Groin. Uh, a couple of tracks by up-&-coming beatnik groups tonight... Frank and the Sandalmen, uh, and the Goatees. The Goatees, incidentally, will have you trading in your parkas and arrow t-shirts for berets and Sloppy Joes within the twelvemonth, I'm can assure you. So, on to tonight's first guests, and they're XTC, uh, who are by the way here to answer all allegations that they're 1979's answer to The Barron Knights. Well, see what you think.

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