considering the swinging times in which it was being broadcast! The Perfumed Garden blossomed and celebrated the weird and the obscure. John refused to play hit lists and top 40s, preferring to concentrate on underground acts such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Captain Beefheart, John Fahey and Fairport Convention. He also played albums in their entirety, which was considered to be crazy at the time and would never have been allowed at the BBC. If there was a rule in radio, then Peel took great delight in breaking it. He also read out poetry and articles from radical street press publications such as Oz, and he'd discuss politics. All of which made for compulsive listening. During his six months at sea, aboard the good ship Wonderful Radio London, he really honed his skill as a DJ. In stark contrast to other DJs, such as
Kenny Everett and Tony Blackburn, who were loud and 'crazy', John was softly spoken, and he developed a self-effacing delivery that created an intimacy with his listeners. He encouraged them to write letters or phone in to share their views - he made people feel like he was talking to them and them alone. John told Listener magazine: "You had a remarkable two-way dialogue with the audience which is not possible to simulate on land. You put the show out completely on your own in the bowels of a rotten ship three miles out at sea. You knew the audience felt a little bit daring listening to you." Radio London closed on August 14, 1967.