Hello and welcome to this
Directory of the
mr. obscure webpages.
What and who is mr. obscure?
Many have posed the question
throughout the centuries.
He was first spotted selling packs of
Marlboro to Roman soldiers in Gaul.
The next sighting was when
Al Capone attempted to assassinate
obscure during the St. Valentine's Day
massacre - a narrow escape.
There followed a fallow period
when nothing further was heard
until the evening
of the Sex Pistols notorious
riverboat concert in London
in 1977, when obscure shared a cell with McClaren
and Vivienne Westwood.
After many years in the wilderness
this silly man re-emerged hosting
a number of fabulous
(mostly free mp3 music) webpages.
Which brings us up to date.
Here you will find active hyperlinks
to all the mr obscure locations:
simply CLICK ON ANY OF THE LOGO BOXES BELOW and you'll be transported there.
Far out, right?
This page will also feature all the latest news,
additions and events happening on
any of the obscure pages, so it'll be
worth checking out fairly regularly, I'd say.
mr obscure can be reached via a good friend at:
and when he's finished doing the washing-up
and has avoided being yelled at by his woman
for not being able to read her mind, he'll reply to you.
He loves to hear from you!
'Peckerwood Avenue' audiobook
I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about the audiobook version of my seventh novel.
It's called'Peckerwood Avenue'and is anadult thriller set in 1950's England.
Scarlet Preston is a young, gorgeous African-American
who arrives in a leafy London suburb to a frosty reception
from the locals.
Amongst a variety of striking personalities in an
atmosphere full of tension, Scarlet is forced to overcome
grotesque unpleasantness on a vast scale.
Recording sessions took place in the Autumn of 2015.
(I record a few chapters one day each month,
although this is often delayed due to
circumstances beyond my control).
I've now finished writing the eighth book
and I'm in the process of recording the damn thing.
Hopefully it'll be ready for either Christmas 2016
or early 2017.
I know that time is such a premium for you all in these technologically-intensive days but I very much hope that at least some of you will give the FREEmp3 audiobook of'Peckerwood Avenue'a listen.
One of those adlinks which can take you straight there is directly beneath these words.
Information About This Month's Peel Sessions
There's some wonderful shit going down over at The Peel Sessionsthis month - seven sessions from a variety of interesting people.
First off we have a quality
debut session by the American
singer, songwriter, scream-queen
and musician Lene Lovich,
taped in November 1978.
There's the second session
from folk and progressive
rock troubadors Lindisfarne,
recorded on 08/05/1972.
Marc Almond's oddball cabaret
act Marc & the Mambas
recorded just the one session
for Peel, and mr obscure is
giving it to you.
It was put down in
UK goth minstrels Martian Dance
taped two sessions for our hero.
The second, taped on 06/04/1981,
can now be yours.
Also featured this month is
the fifth session from English
psychobillies The Meteors, laid
down on 16/06/1981.
Scottish post-punks Orange Juice
taped three sessions for Peel.
This is the first, immortalised
Completing the line-up for
August 2016 we have the second
of three sessions for the
Great Broadcaster by The Passions,
preserved on 07/05/1980.
You can nip along
to The Peel Sessions by clicking on the picture-linkat the top of this page.
Fantastic Thing in 'The Super Seventies'!
Not only are there 40 new tracks (as usual on the first day, every two months) but now there's also a superb box of mp3s which gives you a unique audio history - archive newsclips mixed with music -which has been added to the Super Seventies page.
It's an exhaustive but impressive overview of an awesome decade - for a massive jolt of nostalgia, click on the Super Seventies link up near the top of this page (or on the image of the trouser-burstingly ravishing girl under these words) and you'll go there more or less immediately.
mr obscure's favourite albums 1970 - 2000
MINT NEW PODCASTS!!
TWO brand NEW podcasts are now available to download
or listen to.
They're stuffed with fucking amazing shit of the first order.
Come on, would I lie to you?
There's another of those visual links to the Radio Obscure
page right under these words...
Q: On music 'blogs' there's always an archive list of monthly dates (and years) where people can go back to an earlier entry, but you don't seem to do this. Why not?
A:I just find it complicates matters really. It's cluttering up the place; I like the pages to look clean, neat and above all to be easy on the eye.
Q: There are no animated gifs, flash animation etc. Why?
A:Again, because without all those distractions there's not too much information to take in - I just want to get to the point as quickly as possible, because when I'm surfing the net that's how I feel when I land on someone's website. For example, often I'm left shouting 'where's the download link?' at the screen. There's nothing more annoying. Actually, there are a lot of things more annoying- your lover leaving you; a loved one dying, war declared. But you see what I mean...
Q: There's usually a place on blogs where we (the visitors) can leave a comment but there's no feature like this on the mr. obscure pages. Explain, please.
A:It's unnecessary. People can email me via my old friend and majordomo Stuart Jones at his email address (email@example.com) which is always provided on each page.
Q: I have some mp3 files which I'm convinced will interest you and which perhaps you could use on one or more of the webpages - how can I get these to you?
A:In the first instance by emailing the address given and, if it's just a handful of tracks, by attaching ONE mp3 at a time to individual emails with a gap of five or so minutes between sending each message.
These mp3s should be saved at a bit- rate of either 128 or 160kbs. Any higher and it may crash the email system!
In the second instance, if it's entire albums and/or a lot of stuff you could set up a data-storage thing on one of those Rapidshare-type places, then I could download it from a link you could send me in an email; if you live in the UK then you could always send me the material on either CDR or DVD through the post.
Q: I'm after a certain John Peel session or a number of tracks from years ago and/or an old album which I now can't find. Is it ok to ask if you have any of them and if so would you be prepared to do me copies?
A:Of course, that's absolutely fine. But, especially where Peel sessions are concerned, please remember that I don't have EVERYTHING.
Q: Who, exactly, is responsible for all the mr. obscure output? Do you have an office full of hard-working employees at your beck and call 24 hours a day?
A:No, it's just me, doing it alone. No money is involved, it's simply for the love of it.
Q: Have you written any more novels, and if so, will they be online audio books like 'The World Upstairs,' 'Minotaur,' 'The Frozen Years,' 'V is For...'
'Whiteout' and'The League of Angels'?
A:Yes, a seventh novel, 'Peckerwood Avenue,'
has been written (completed in November 2014)
and the audio version (recorded in 2015)
is now online (see the visual adlinks for it
elsewhere on this page)
Since then, an eighth book has also been written.
Recording sessions for this will begin in
Q: When rare photos of you appear on the pages we never see your face. why?
A:Because I have absolutely no head. It makes eating, drinking and speaking very awkward indeed.
Kissing, of course, is out of the question.
Q: How can you still be alive when you were supposed to be 'selling packs of Marlboro to Roman soldiers in Gaul'?
A:I don't smoke or drink booze and I go for long walks - so I don't age as much as others. Good eh?