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Monday, 17 January 2022

The Only Ones -Peel Sessions


It is an undisputated fact that Another Girl, Another Planet by The Only Ones  is one of the best songs of all time. It would certainly feature as part of my Desert Island Discs selection.

I suspect that most people would struggle to name another song by them but they certainly weren't a one trick pony. Having said that AGAP was certainly a hard act to follow.

I already had their self-titled debut album but when The Peel Sessions album came out on Strange Fruit came out in 1989 I requested it for my Christmas. This led to my mum's one and only visit to the Virgin Megastore on Glasgow's Union Street.

The three that I have selected below are from sessions from 21/05/80, 05/04/78 and 13/09/77 respectively.

I only own one or two Peel Sessions records so sadly not enough for a series

In case you are wondering I visited my  charity shop of the year the other day but came away empty handed.

The Only Ones -Oh Lucinda (Peel Session)

The Only Ones -Language Problem (Peel Sssion)

The Only Ones - Lovers of Today (Peel Session)


  1. That is one of the first CDs I bought

  2. Good on your mum!
    You're right that AGAP is a hard act to follow but I really enjoyed these three. 'Language Problem' could have been an early Buzzcocks track, don't you think?

  3. Undisputed fact ... abso-bloomin-lutely!
    I have 3 Only Ones albums other than this one - the debut is their best, but this one is the most listened to. The versions on this album are so much more powerful (is that the right description?) than the album versions.

  4. One of my few gig-going regrets is never having seen The Only Ones live, in spite of once holding tickets in my hands. I did see Peter Perret & The One at the old Harlesden Mean Fiddler during his first comeback in the mid-1990s though. The band walked on stage and went straight into a superb rendition of AGAP, an act of rock'n'roll bravado only matched by the night in 1981 when I saw Bruce Springsteen kick his set off with Born to Run.