Once more, the Pig phones in her Peelenium introduction, and one band (Stereolab), perhaps uniquely, appear in the same show in both the Peelenium and All-Time Festive Fifty.
John is amazed to discover, after going for an insurance medical, that he has grown half an inch. He also refers to his upcoming weekend trip to Groningen, only the second time he had been there. The results were broadcast the following week (11 January 2000).
(JP: 'This next is one of the great records of all time...Regular listeners will know that this gets played about once every nine months or so, and that it contains, amongst other things, two of the great falsetto notes of our time.')
(JP: "That's always seemed to me an amazingly forlorn, bleak sort of record. Makes me think if the beginning of Mary Shelley's book of 'Frankenstein', not quite sure why but it does have that sort of feel to it, I think... And there was always some confusion of what this was called and who it was by but we've settled for 'Arkines Lost' by Canopy & Matrix. Now I remember phoning the people who released the record and they didn't know very much about it either and so it remains a mystery to me, But what 'Arkines' means or who Arkines was, I simply don't know at all.")