• 1993-12-17
  • John previews the 1993 Festive Fifty and predicts (accurately) that the programme will over-run into Mark Tonderai's.



File a

(JP: 'Used to go mad for this in 1968 when it first came out: still sounds pretty good, actually.')

File a ends and b begins

(JP: 'Not really what I'd expected at all, that, and very good, I think. Not that I'd expected it to be bad, but I mean I wasn't expecting that sort of noise.')
(JP: 'I'm not going to give you any hints as to the contents of the Festive 50, but if I'd had the opportunity to present my own Festive 50 to you, there's no doubt at all that this wouldn't have....what am I trying to say? Getting double negatives, well you know. It's been a testing week, I have to tell you this, because there's been a wide range of exciting social activities, and by and large of course, I keep me head down in the run-up to Christmas and very much play the Scrooge role, you know, sitting at home and refusing to go out with the lights off and things, but this year I thought, no no, I'll enter into the spirit of it all, and I've had really an extraordinary time. I went to a Guardian party yesterday evening which was most enjoyable and met a great number of interesting people, a lot of heroes really, like the people who do the Biff cartoons and Steve Bell and a mass of others, and some of the Guardian's writers and so on. Then a couple of nights before that, I was at a do with a lot of yer top alternative comedians (although I'm not sure what alternative means these days). Some of them are going to crop up on the radio and I'm apparently going to be on one of their programmes as well. This is the kind of exciting thing that happens to you in showbiz. Why I've got into all of this I'm not quite sure, but Crowsdell, this is one of the records that would be in my Festive 50 if I'd compiled one.')

Tracks marked @ available on File c

Tracks marked # available on File d

Tracks marked § are not yet available.

Thanks to Tim for the handwritten playlist.


  • a) CB125 JP 1993-12-17
  • b) CB128 JP 1993-12-17 Side B
  • c) John Peel tape no.82 side b
  • d) best of peel vol 65 part 1 (with introductions)
  • a) 00:46:54
  • b) 00:46:40
  • c) 00:45:05 (3:42-38:31) (26:47 on unique)
  • d) 00:47:25 (38:17-45:34)
  1. Featuring Robert Wyatt on vocals.