MOVIETONE “Peel Sessions 1994 – 1997”

photo © Sandrine Champdavoine 

out JANUARY 28th 2022

LP + CD / CD / Ltd LP in handfinished sleeve

Pre-sales start December 13th

Movietone were part of the Bristol scene in the 1990’s that contained Flying Saucer AttackThird Eye Foundation and Crescent. Band members from all three of these bands played in Movietone, with Kate Wright being the main songwriter.

Signed to Planet Records, Movietone did their first John Peel Session a few weeks after the release if their debut single ‘she smiled mandarine like’ in 1994. They went on to do three Peel Sessions in total between 1994-1997 and moved to Domino Records and Drag City in 1997.

These sessions do not exist online and have never previously been heard by anyone other than those who listened to the original broadcasts! As Movietone are no longer making music (they have been superseded by 1000 dawns), these archive recordings are even more special.  They contain early or alternative versions of songs from Movietone’s first three records:’Movietone‘,Planet 1995/Geographic 2004, ‘Day and Night‘ Domino/Drag City 1997, ‘The Blossom Filled Streets‘ Domino/Drag City 2000, along with a song from their pre-movietone days as ‘Lynda’s Strange Vacation’.

The last session is unique because Matt Elliott (Third Eye Foundation) is playing on them – he had left the band by the time that the album was recorded and released 3 years later.  


A special sneak preview of “Hydra” from the Peel Sessions, set to Super 8 footage of Movietone tours in Paris, Sweden, Norway  and Holland is now available 



Session 1:

Recorded on 12/05/1994

Broadcast on 18/06/1994

  1. Mono Valley
  2. Heatwave Pavement (CD only)
  3. Darkness – Blue Glow
  4. Stone (CD only)


Session 2:

Recorded on 28/01/1996

Broadcast on 10/02/1996

  1. The Voice Came Out of the Box and Dropped into the Ocean
  2. Blank Like Snow
  3. Chocolate Grinder
  4. Summer


Session 3:

Recorded on 31/08/1997

Broadcast on 30/09/1997

  1. Hydra
  2. The Blossom Filled Streets
  3. Facing West from California’s shores

Photo © Matt Jones