Each session had previously been released as four-track EPs in 1986 (The Peel Sessions 1982) and 1987 (The Peel Sessions 1981).
These tracks are original recordings made for The John Peel Show on Radio One. Released with arrangement with BBC Records Ltd. First transmission: 1st June 1982.
Both, then, had ample opportunity to shock and surprise their listeners, and both grasped that opportunity with open paws
The latter tendencies, though, start to creep into view on the Peel session from the following year, with "5-8-6" pointing the way to the vigorous but characteristically glum techno-pump of Power, Corruption & Lies. Two tracks from the same session-"Too Late" and a cover of Keith.