• 1981-12-29
  • The fourth of five shows featuring the 1981 Festive Fifty chart.
  • About half of show now available in 2 Parts; Part 1, the chart rundown part of the show, and new Part 2 which includes some session tracks from Misty, Sophisticated Boom Boom, Skodas, Angels 1-5, Jass Babies and Josef K. Siouxsie And The Banshees session tracks are on Part 1.
  • Angels 1-5 session is not mentioned at the start of the show, John says they are in the process of transferring their first release from cassette and has yet to play it on the show.
  • Information on session repeats courtesy of Ken Garner of Yahoo Peel Newgroup.


Session tracks released on 'Voices In The Air: The Peel Sessions' Universal/Polydor
  • Misty, #4 (repeat). Recorded 1981-05-12. No known commercial release.
  • Skodas, one and only session (repeat). Recorded 1981-06-24. No known commercial release.
  • Angels 1-5, one and only session (repeat). Recorded 1981-07-01. No known commercial release.
JP claimed this was the last session recording he attended in person.
'Heaven Sent', 'The Missionary' and 'Applebush' available on Entomology (Domino REWIGCD30)
'Heaven Sent' and Heart Of A Song' available on Young And Stupid (Supreme International Editions)


(file 1)
  • [opening music] Grinderswitch: Pickin' the Blues (LP Macon Tracks) Capricorn Records)
JP: "This is the edition to the Festive Fifty... that your are going to think that I have rigged in some way, if you're a regular listener to the program. But it's all straight and above board and very very honest. We've also got sessions from Skodas, Sophisticated Boom Boom, Misty, Josef K, Jass Babies. And to start, Siouxsie And The Banshees"
(file 2)
JP: "I got a note from the excellent 'Sick As A Parrot' fanzine, football magazine, which comes from Edinburgh... they do want correspondents..."
JP: "The last from both of those as far as tonights program goes anyway. And so to the last from Sophisticated Boom Boom"
(file 1)
JP: "Who's going to be the first to write to the music papers to say 'they're just copying Altered Images?'"

1981 Festive Fifty: Numbers 20-11

JP: "And now, old pard of mine, it's time for us to rejoin the Festive Fifty. If you recall, we ended last night at number 21, which was 'Ghost Town' by the Specials. I'm not going to go through the whole list again, but if you're interested in having a copy of it, send a stamped addressed envelope, addressed to...John Peel, and just put 'Festive Fifty' on it somewhere, I suppose: care of John Peel, Radio One, London W1A 4WW.'
JP: "Very pleased that's still there. Worried about 'Jimmy Jimmy', though....The next is one of these bits where you're gonna think, 'Oh, come on, he must have fixed that', but it's all absolutely true, straight and above board.'
  • 19: Birthday Party: 'Release The Bats (7 inch)' (4AD)
  • 18: Clash: 'Complete Control (7 inch)' (CBS)
JP: "Our next abrasive teenage contention (is) that it is the best track the Sex Pistols ever recorded.'
  • 17: Sex Pistols: 'Holidays In The Sun (LP-Never Mind The Bollocks)' (Virgin)
JP: "'The record which means that I shall probably never have another suntan in my life" (accidentally plays the opening of the next track on the LP, 'Bodies').
  • 16: Stiff Little Fingers: 'Alternative Ulster (presumably from LP-Inflammable Material)' (Rough Trade)
JP: "You're going to think I've fixed this as well."
  • 15: Altered Images: 'Dead Pop Stars (7 inch)' (Epic)
  • 14: Joy Division: 'Transmission (7 inch)' (Factory)
  • 13: Jam: 'Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (7 inch)' (Polydor)
  • 12: Damned: 'New Rose (LP-The Light At The End Of The Tunnel)' (MCA)
  • (John accidentally plays the start of the next track on the LP, 'Love Song'.)
  • 11: Joy Division: 'Dead Souls (LP-Still)' (Factory)
JP: "Thanks very much for listening and good night. Don't forget to listen tomorrow night".
  • [Closing music] Grinderswitch: Pickin' the Blues (LP Macon Tracks) Capricorn Records


  • File 1a) John Peel Festive Fifty 1981 Part 4.m4a
  • File 1b) JP19811229.mp3
  • File 2) John Peel Show (1981_12_29) sessions.mp3

  • File 1a) 0:44:07
  • File 1b) 0:44:25
  • File 2) 0:25:17

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