Start of show: 'Well, fans, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights for the next few months are going to seem very odd for me without Janice, but I think she's going to discover that what she's about to do is going to give her greater pleasure than anything else she's ever done.' John is referring to the fact that Janice Long had just been fired by Radio 1 for being pregnant and unwed.
(JP: 'I always start off these programmes, well often start them off, by trying to listen to the records at the same level that Bruno Brookes leaves the things in it here, because he listens to things extraordinarily loud, and I simply don't know how he does it. Must have blown his brains out. (pause) Yes, I see what you mean.')
(JP: 'You getting excited, are you? I always get amazingly nervous, you know. I mentioned this earlier, well last week I think, I always get very very nervous during the last ten of the Festive Fifty in case I get something terribly wrong. I may yet, of course, because we haven't started on it, but it does start in about five minutes' time.')
James: 'Whoops' (Peel Session) (continues after tape flip)
10: Wedding Present, 'Anyone Can Make A Mistake (LP-George Best)' (Reception)
(JP: 'Well, I was glad that got in there in the end, because the 'George Best' LP was one of the very best of the year. In fact, when I got a call from a German radio station last weekend, saying which was my favourite LP of the year, I chose that.')
09: Fall, 'Hit The North Part 1 (7 inch)' (Beggars Banquet)
'(JP: 'I must admit, I thought this was a most unusual Festive Fifty this year, Quite clearly, not just because of the presence of eleven Smiths tracks in there, which, if we survive until next year, there quite clearly won't be, although if Morrissey brings out records, I don't doubt they'll get in there in profusion.')