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Tributes To John Peel

The Undertones bassist Michael Bradley:

"John was a very funny, very warm man. We always got a huge pride of the fact that 'Teenage Kicks' was his favourite song. He remained relevant throughout, always breaking new music."

Radio 1 interrupted their broadcasting to play 'Teenage Kicks' when news of Peel's death broke at 1pm on Tuesday.

Peel said he wanted the song's lyric "Teenage dreams, so hard to beat" to be written on his grave.

Johnny Marr:

"The Smiths' early success was largely due to John. We'd try out new songs on his sessions and these were often the definitive version. He was always the best."

Gruff Rhys:

"John was very inclusive of all kinds of music, very open-minded. He introduced a lot of diverse music to the public. John was very wary of trends such as Britpop. He was introducing people to drum & bass and techno, things that were going on outside of the media."

Jarvis Cocker:

"It would be impossible to write a history of British music of the past 40 years without mentioning John Peel's name. I found him to be a witty, quite shy man who was totally unimpressed by the razzamatazz of the industry but who could instantly lay his hands on any obscure single you heard on his show. In a world that is becoming ever more homogenised, John Peel stuck up for the sore thumbs of the music scene."

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