I’m reading Andy Kershaw’s book No Off Switch, loaned by my buddy Denis
He (Kershaw that is, not Denis) writes about sharing an office with Peel and their producer John Walters (who played Pompey a few times with Alan Price Set)
Walters came back from a Radio One management meeting where people were grumbling about the stuff Peel and Kershaw were playing
To which Walters replied “We’re not here to give the public what it wants. We’re here to give the public what it didn’t know it wanted”.
It struck me that almost all the music I love fell into that category when I first heard it. I can’t immediately think of an exception since “The Good Ship Lollipop” around 1954.