• 1993-05-08
  • John's programme is partially hosted by Radio 5 in order to report on a boxing match.



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File a ends and File b begins (11.15 p.m. - 11.54 p.m.)

  • Sebadoh: 'Fast Times At Riot Grrrl High' (Peel Session)
(JP: '...and did they mention Sandra Dee in the course of that? Now there was an actress.') [1]
(JP: 'This is a title which derives I assume from something you hear from time to time on the shipping forecast, which I always took to be Smiths Knoll Automatic, but I was trying to phone the Radio 4 people to discover how exactly it should be said and whether it is indeed Smith Snow Automatic or Smiths Knoll Automatic. Not that it makes a great deal of difference in our lives but it’s the kind of detail I like to clear up.')
(JP: 'I know a lot of you worry about such things as corruption in the record industry and roughly the way it might possibly work is something like this. Now imagine that there’s a young band and they want to get their records played on the radio so they might suggest to an elderly DJ that he goes out and has an Indian meal at the mother of two of them. He goes along and has an agreeable evening and eats far too much then has to have a sleep on the floor of his studio afterwards then he plays their record. This is the kind of shocking thing that can happen.')
(JP: 'I’d like you to know that the situation I described before that record was entirely hypothetical, of course.')

File b ends and File c begins (11.55 p.m. - 12.30 a.m.)

  • (Announces a competition to win an unnamed LP (has three to give away) by naming Liverpool goalkeeper (Bruce Grobbelaar) in their 6-2 victory over spurs that afternoon. Asked listeners to send it to “Mad Jack Peel”.)
  • Jacob's Mouse: 'Solo (LP-I'm Scared)' (Wiiija) @
  • Transcendental Love Machine: 'Dragonfly (Ambient Dub Mix) (12"-Dragonflymania EP Remixes)' (Hydrogen Dukebox)

1991 Festive Fifty

  • Therapy?: 'Totally Random Man' (Peel Session)
  • (Spoken word interlude: “Ladies and gentlemen for the first time on the air you are about to hear an instrument made famous by tonight’s play immortalized by the line, whenever you want me, listen.”)
  • D Toney Lee: 'Peyton Place (7")' (Unity)
  • Drugstore: 'Alive (7")' (Honey)
  • Fierce Ruling Diva: 'Love Your Enemies (2x12"-A Great Man Once Said EP)' (React)
  • (JP unusually interrupts this track to welcome Radio 5 listeners who have joined the show in the last 15 seconds or so)
  • Sebadoh: 'Sixteen' (Peel Session)
  • Luscious Jackson: 'Keep On Rocking It (LP-In Search Of Manny)' (Big Cat UK)

File c ends

  • (12.30 news)

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(JP: 'I apologise again to listeners to Radio 5 who are used to DJs speaking all the way through their records. I’ll try and do that with one or two of them later on.')
(JP: 'That’s a little bit of the label. I like to play you that from time to time as it’s a speciality of the programme.')

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Thanks to Tim for the handwritten playlist.


  • a) L343b.mp3
  • b) 1993-05-08 JP L285
  • c) 1993-05-08 JP L287a
  • d) 1993-05-08 JP L287b
  • 1) John Peel tape no.62 side b
  • 2) john-peel-54a-1993
  • a) 00:42:14 (from 27:28)
  • b) 00:37:12
  • c) 00:34:54
  • d) 00:44:47
  • 1) 46:27 (28:58-32:43)
  • 2) 46:29 (to 16:20)
  1. Sandra Dee was married to Bobby Darin.
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