• 1979-09-25
  • Start of show: “Well, I see we managed to give mighty Chesterfield a bit of a seeing to tonight (Liverpool had won 3-1 at Anfield against the lower-division opposition in the League Cup). Tonight we have a very special, wonderful, all star, all singing, all dancing programme on the eve of Olivia Newton John’s 31st birthday, featuring Shoes For Industry – five frantic funsters from Bristol, plus 12 recent tracks from American challengers, and both sides of the next Undertones single. Shall we get on with things?”
  • JP: "All day, the BBC switchboard has been jammed in the traditional manner by people phoning up to ask why it was that I didn't read out any of my colleagues' records of the week, as has become traditional also in last night's programme. To be honest with you, they're such a horrid bunch that I was ashamed for them. But I'll do it anyway. DLT has chosen 'Baby Blue' by Dusty Springfield [1], Simon Beast has chosen 'Sh-Boom' by the Marvels [2], the best of the lot actually, I think. Paul [Burnett] has chosen 'Teenage Girls' by Exposé [3], Andy [Peebles] 'Spooky' by the Atlanta Rhythm Section [4] and Kid Jerkin 'Rendezvous' by the East Side Band [5]. See what I mean?"
  • An unknown benefactor has left Peel a complete set of three LPs and eight singles by Lieutenant Pigeon at the BBC. He regrets he is unable to thank them in person “in my own special way.”
  • Plays the first side of the new Undertones single with the warning that it doesn't grab you by the throat as much as previous ones. Afterwards maintains that they are the best band in the world. Holds back the b-side (Let's Talk About Girls) for the second hour of the show.
  • An extended section is devoted to a dozen recent US releases, including a good portion of the Thirty Seconds Over DC: Here Comes The New Wave! compilation, on yellow vinyl.
  • Following the Derby Box share (file 5), the recording is now complete.


  • Shoes For Industry #1 First broadcast of only session, recorded 1979-09-10. No known commercial release.


Peel reads out the his colleagues' records of the week.
(continues after tape switch to File 2)
JP: At the beginning of the programme I threatened to play you twelve recent American record releases and so I shall...
(continues after tape flip)
timecheck 11:27
Peel reads out a trail for tomorrow evening's "Mail Bag" show with Annie Nightingale, in an hilariously tongue in cheek manner.
(Files 2 and 4 cut out))
(Files 3 and 4 cut in during the following))
(File 5 cut out during the above))
(end of show)


  • (1) 153-790924a-b
  • (2) 1979-09-25 Tape 418
  • (3) 155-790925-6-7.mp3
  • (4) John Peel 1979-09-25 (incomplete).mp3
  • (5) 1979-09-25 John Peel Radio 1 (incomplete) DB113+DB114.mp3
  • (1) 01:01:38 (from 30:50)
  • (2) 00:59:52 (from towards end of Richard & Linda Thompson track).
  • (3) 01:04:23 (until 16:27. File continues with 26 September 1979)
  • (4) 01:47:01
  • (5) 01:47:56
  • Files created from T153, T155 and T418 of 400 Box.
  • Many thanks to Roger.
  • Note that show is spread across three files, including two with other shows on them.
  • (4) Single file constructed from the above sources by Dr_Mango.
  • (5) Created from DB113 and DB114 of Derby Box, digitised by RF

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