• John Peel Show
  • BBC Radio One
  • 1985-12-25
  • Final part of the 1985 Festive Fifty, dominated at the top end by Jesus & Mary Chain, along with the last of the year's best sessions.
  • Perhaps the highlight of the whole show is a bonus Christmas 1973 session featuring Elton John and his "other piano". At the height of his initial pop fame, Elton bangs through a selection of favorites in the style of a (not particularly good) pub pianist. ” “What a man!” Peel says after the final number, a cheerfully disrespectful medley of a couple of Elton's biggest hits. Peel and Teddy Warrick are apparently among those "trying to sing along".


(Please add details of any commercial release of these sessions)


  • File 1 begins
  • Shriekback: Fish Beneath The Ice (Peel session)
  • Elton John: 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/ White Christmas/ Jingle Bells' (Peel Session)
  • Cookie Crew: It’s Gotta Be Fresh (Peel session)
  • Fall: Spoilt Victorian Child (Peel session)
  • Misty In Roots: Thought For The Children (Peel session)
  • Elton John: 'Blowin' In The Wind/ She Belongs To Me/ Mr. Tambourine Man' (Peel session)
  • Shriekback: Faded Flowers (Peel session)
  • Cookie Crew:The Place To Be (Peel session)
  • Misty In Roots: Hawks On The Street (Peel session)
  • Fall: Gut Of The Quantifier (Peel session)
  • Elton John: 'Don't Dilly Dally On The Way/ Lily Of Laguna/ Down At The Old Bull And Bush/ Knees Up Mother Brown/ Hokey Cokey' (Peel Session)
  • Cookie Crew: The Cut Master Swift Rap (Peel session)
  • Shreikback: Everything That Rises Must Converge (Peel session)
  • Fall: Couldn’t Get Ahead (Peel session) – cuts out on tape flip

(File 1 ends and File 2 begins)

1985 Festive Fifty #10-1


  • tape 17a JP851225a
  • tape 17b JP851225b
  • 1985-12-25 Peel Show.mp3
  • 1.02.43
  • 1.02.56
  • 41:34
  • Shared via Peel Newsgroup
  • Files 1) and 2) Tape 17 of Kev's Tapes
  • Many thanks to Kev and Julian
  • File 3) Higher sound quality but F50 songs only, only the final JP link is included. Created from tapes SB477 and SB478 of Weatherman22's Tapes

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