• John Peel Show
  • BBC Radio One
  • 1993-11-05
  • John launches the 1993 festive fifty.
  • The portion of the show from Bounty Killer to LPC is also available on the file Huggy Bear on Pates Tapes



(JP: 'I shall not forget the night I saw them [Trumans Water] playing in Cambridge supporting Babes In Toyland.’)
(10:30 news)
(JP: 'We’re not, I think at moment, teen angst meets stressed father.’)
(JP: ‘This is tonight’s track from Trout Mask Replica and the first 30 seconds or so of this are amongst my favourite pieces of anything committed to vinyl’.)
(11:30 news)
(JP: ‘....and regular listeners may have heard me whining on from time to time about the CD mountain that’s built up at Peel Acres, things which I’ve not yet had the chance to listen to. I really set about it during the week, smiting it hip and thigh with the jawbone of an ass, and as a consequence have discovered a lot of good stuff in there. A lot of rubbish as well I have to be honest, but some good things, which have probably been around for some time, probably fed up with hearing them on the radio, but they’re new to me, so new to this programme as well. In fact here’s one now......This is Koma which is the name of the radio station that I used to work for in Oklahoma City, so that seemed to be a kind of sign if ever there was one.’)
(12:30 News)
(JP: ‘This is PJ Harvey. You probably know this off by heart by now anyway. It’s probably number one in the charts. To be honest with you I should know but I don’t. This is from the 4-Tracks Demo album. One of the more bizarre performances on there. One of me favourites too.’)
(JP: The women Sid Perks would have called, I’m afraid, Poll Doll, PJ Harvey.... and it would be nice if she would come into our studio and do a spot of hollering before she became so mega we lost sight of her altogether.’) [1]
(JP: ‘Before that it was Trumans Water, and don’t you yearn to rain kisses on their upturned faces. Of course you do.’)
(JP incorrectly identifies the previous track as 'It's a Kind of Magic' by 'Source', which is actually the previous track on the compilation)
  • Zakons: 'Trackin’ (Various Artists LP – Concussion )' (Mr Manicotti Records)
(JP: ‘Arrh there are few things in life finer than a firmly twanged guitar......right now there’s a Tonderai in your future.’)


  • Peel Show 1993-11-05
  • 02:58:35
  • Many thanks to the taper.


  1. Sid Perks was the landlord of the Bull public house in the long running BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers.
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