The Loves – in session for John Peel – November 28, 2002 – BBC Radio 1 –
The Loves, in session tonight for John Peel (one of four sessions done for peel over the years). Recorded November 28, 2002 for BBC Radio 1.
The Loves were the Welsh brainchild of Simon Love who formed the band in 2000 as an homage to 60s Pop while maintaining an Indie twist. They released some four albums and did four sessions for John Peel (who was a fan). This is the fourth and last session. The band had a following which wasn’t huge and suffered through numerous bad reviews for various reasons none of them, in retrospect were justified.
Their debut album Love was released on Track and Field Records in 2004, but attracted generally hostile press coverage, and was commercially unsuccessful. Recorded mostly by Simon Love alone, their second album Technicolour was released in 2007 on Fortuna Pop. The band recorded four Peel sessions between 2001 and 2002: three in Maida Vale and one at Peel Acres (on Valentine’s Day 2002).
Their third album, Three, (also released on Fortuna Pop) featured guest appearances from Rob Jones aka The Voluntary Butler Scheme, Delia Sparrow, Hefner’s Darren Hayman and Harry Hill’s TV Burp writer Daniel Maier. The Loves fourth and final album, …Love You, was released on Fortuna Pop in 2010. It features The Velvet Underground’s Doug Yule as the voice of Jesus. “Bubblegum” and “December Boy” were the double A sided single taken from the album in July 2010. The band called it a day in 2011
Time has treated The Loves incarnation of Simon Love’s career with a bit more respect and nostalgia than was present at the time. And since that time Simon Love has embarked on a successful solo career, with two albums under his belt so far.
But if you want to venture further back, here is that last session for John Peel, recorded on November 28, 2002.
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