Show is billed in Ken Garner's The Peel Sessions as a "2nd punk special" (following the first one on 10 December 1976). Only the Damned appear in both, with 'Neat Neat Neat' turning up in the first as a session track and here as a single.
Notable differences compared with the original punk special nine months earlier include the number of sessions (four rather than one, including the first broadcast of Squeeze's debut), as well as the emphasis on British rather than US artists. In addition, the 10 December 1976 show was only one hour long; this one was two hours. Peel stresses that he is concentrating on music from 1977.
Among the records, three from the Clash (plus one from Joe Strummer's former band, the 101ers), as well as two each by the Sex Pistols (starting and ending the show) and Stranglers. Peel names Rezillos single 'I Can't Stand My Baby' as his favourite of the year so far.
Peel manages to play The Cortinas track by mistake instead of the Generation X one that immediately follows it.
He does not fail to mention that the following day is his birthday, although it may be a little late to send a card. To celebrate, he is planning to go to the Vortex after the end of the show to see Chelsea.
Also mentions his recent visit to the Reading Festival, which he says he enjoyed and where "Capital Radio In Tune With Nothing" stickers where apparently to be seen. "Most unfair," claims Peel.
Lead story on the news at the end of the show is violence at the Notting Hill Carnival.
Around 90 minutes of the show was available as of February 2009, thanks to Peel Mailing List member "thebarguest", with gaps and fadeouts fixed by "billfromnorthwales". Additional tracklisting information is courtesy of Ken Garner. Many thanks to Ken, Bill and thebarguest!
From January 2010 an almost complete recording was uploaded from Peel Mailing List member Kevin - - "A few seconds missing in the middle of Squeeze: Model and Slaughter & The Dogs: The Bitch, where the tape got chewed. - A fade out at the end of Generation X: Youth Youth Youth, before I turned the tape over. - Perhaps a minute missing at the end, when the tape ran out."
In March 2012 Peel Mailing List member LeicesterJim supplied a complete version of the show. It runs slightly slowly so comes in at a little over two hours.
(7) John Peel 1977.08.29 Punk Rock special CAS.mp3
(1) 00:30:01 - from very end of first track, ends during "Boredom" (Buzzcocks)
(2) 00:42:31 - from very end of first track, ends during "Neat, Neat, Neat" (Damned)
(3) 00:19:01 - from "All Fed Up" (Squeeze), ends during "Right To Work" (Chelsea)
(4) 00:20:01 - from "Science Friction" (XTC), ends at start of news
(5) 01:28:56 Single file joining up (2), (3) and (4), with fades and gaps fixed.
(6) 01:56:57 almost complete show, cuts out near end of last track
First shared version consists only of (1). Additional material shared in February 2009 via the Peel Mailing List on files (2), (3) and (4). Both versions start at the very end of the first track. Many thanks to "thebarguest"! Latest version (5) joins up (2), (3) and (4), fixing fades and filling in gaps. Many thanks to Bill!
Many thanks to Ken Garner for additional tracklisting information, shared via Peel Mailing List.