• 1979-01-11
  • Full tracklisting below is courtesy of the John Peel Papers. Many thanks to the uploader to the John Peel Papers at Facebook for sharing the information.[1]
  • Ken Garner's "The Peel Sessions" book lists a repeat of the Undertones debut session for this programme, but this does not appear to be the case going on the track listing and Peel's closing comments.
  • Six tracks played from the debut Stiff Little Fingers LP, as well as both sides of the new Undertones single.
  • The Factory Records item came with a "label history and a label future", from Tony Wilson. Peel wonders how he's going to play fac 4 on the radio ("Factory egg timer, monthly abacus incorporating menstrual art").
  • The Ramones track is followed by a travel warning that there is no diesel available at Corley or Hilton Park services on the M6. It all sounds rather quaint now.
  • The Edge featured Jon Moss, later of Culture Club, on drums.
  • The guitar solo in the last track rightly produces an enthusiastic response from John.
  • Peel is still mourning the loss of his Friday night show, judging by his comment at the end of the show - "can't get used to these long weekends, but there you are, c'est la vie".


(Please add details of any commercial release of this session)


JP: "After 'I'm Cold' and 'How Can I Leave You', it's 'Those Lonely Lonely Nights'. It's getting sickening this, isn't it really? The only reason I do it is in the hope that young women will write in and say 'Look, you can come and stay with me'. They never do, of course. Fat boys down on their luck. Oh well..."


  • 1979-01-11 John Peel.mp3
  • 45:38
  • File created from T062 of 400 Box, digitised by Dr_Mango.
  • This is the last 45 minutes of the show. The rest of the show doesn't appear to be among the 400.
  1. Title transcribed as “Pretty Little …” but title not recognised and 'Little Bitty Pretty One' is probably his most widely available release.
  2. John Peel Papers lists the first two tracks of the album, two unknown by the band, then ‘Barbed Wire Love’. It seems reasonable to assume, though, that Peel played the first six tracks of the first side of the LP, but the transcriber may have miscounted the number of unrecognized tracks (‘Here We Are Nowhere’ is less than a minute long.)