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Festive Fifty
1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016


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*Numbers 60-51 were not played, merely announced by JP in the final show before the number two entry. This final ten includes three tracks (by Fire Engines, Anti-Pasti and New Order) that never appeared in any other chart. In the list below, the version mentioned is the one that was then available and would in all likelihood have been played on the show.

Shows

The Festive Fifty Of 1981

Mentioned

  • 60: Siouxsie & The Banshees: 'Hong Kong Garden (presumably 7 inch)' (Polydor)
  • 59: Sex Pistols: 'Pretty Vacant (presumably from LP-Never Mind The Bollocks)' (Virgin)
  • 58: Fire Engines: 'Candy Skin (7 inch)' (Pop Aural)
  • 57: Special AKA: 'Gangsters (7 inch)' (2-Tone)
  • 56: Fall: 'Totally Wired (7 inch)' (Rough Trade)
  • 55: Anti-Pasti: 'No Government (LP-The Last Call)' (Rondelet)
  • 54: New Order: 'In A Lonely Place (7 inch-B side of Ceremony, which at number 4 was the highest-placed new entry)' (Factory)
  • 53: Magazine: 'Shot By Both Sides (presumably 7 inch)' (Virgin)
  • 52: Bauhaus: 'Bela Lugosi's Dead (7 inch)' (Small Wonder)
  • 51: Joy Division: 'She's Lost Control (7 inch)' (Factory)

Played

Availability

  • John Peel Festive Fifty 1981 Part 4.m4a
  • John Peel Festive Fifty 1981 Part 5.m4a
  • Torrent Compilation 2 of 17 contains all the tracks in the chart from 60-51: however, only numbers 20-01 are from the original broadcast (split mp3s of the above two files). The intervening show containing numbers 30-21 does not appear to be available at time of writing.
  • Numbers 50-31 were made available in two good quality recordings via the Peel Mailing List. Please address any requests for re-uppping the recordings to the list.

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