• 1994-12-17
  • The first part of 1994 Festive Fifty, together with Christmas sessions from Elastica and the Fall. Many recordings are available. The first (tape a) includes the chart rundown only. The second (tape b) includes the last ninety minutes of a two hour show. Tapes c) and d) include Fall and Elastica session tracks with Peel's back announcements. File e and f provide edited tracks, while file g newly available completes the show.



(JP: 'This is the first time I've heard this session as well as you and it's just exactly what I'd hope for so far.')
  • Fall: ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ (Peel Session)

File b starts​ 28s into next track

(JP: ‘One FM brings you the best: that’s Elastica.’)
(JP: 'That's the stuff eh? That's knee deep in spirituality, I'd say.')
(JP: 'A post-Festive song from the Fall. I have to say that I think both of the sessions we've had this afternoon on the programme, from Elastica and the Fall, have both been absolute classics, and I hope you agree with me.')

File a starts

1994 Festive Fifty: Numbers 50-43

(JP: 'Right, time to embark on the Festive Fifty, and this is at number 50.')
(JP: 'Going through the letters, as I do in the programme, thanks to all of the people who sent Christmas cards as always. I always say don't, but I'm always glad that you do, nevertheless, of course.')
(JP: 'Particularly like the last fifteen or twenty seconds of that.')
(JP: 'And this is at number 46, quite gratifyingly.')
  • 46: ROC, 'Girl With A Crooked Eye (CDS)' (Little Star)
(JP: 'I was on the verge of saying one of the defining records of the year, but that's the kind of thing that critics say, so I'd best avoid it.')
(JP: 'Well, call me sentimental if you like, but it seems a sad irony that those two ended up next to each other in the Festive Fifty.')
(JP: 'I can go off home and start my Christmas job, trying to sort out the records once and for all...thanks very much for listening to this.')
Files a b & g end


  • a) ff94.1.1
  • b) Peel Show 1994-12-17 (incomplete)
  • c) 1994-12-17 JP Sessions 1
  • d) 1994-12-17 JP Sessions 2
  • e) 1994-12-xx Peel December 1994.mp3
  • f) John Peel 1994 1
  • g) 1994-12-17 Peel Show L571 L572.mp3
  • a) 00:42:16
  • b) 01:34:02
  • c) 00:08:36
  • d) 00:15:17
  • e) 01:05:05 (00:21:11 to 00:37:25)
  • f) 00:45:30 (to 29:36) (to 4:42 unique)
  • g) 01:50:49
  • a) Very good quality VBR recording.
  • b) Many thanks to the taper.
  • c) Elastica, 'All For Gloria' and 'I Wanna Be A King Of Orient Aah.' Fall, 'Hark The Herald Angels Sing.'
  • d) Urusei Yatsura, 'It Is.' Elastica, 'Blue.' Fall, 'Numb At The Lodge.' Transglobal Underground, 'Taal Zaman.' Many thanks to Lorcan for these files.
  • e) Created from SB1072, SB1041 and SB1042 of Weatherman22's Tapes
  • f) From Youtube user QuooglePhlemZigZag.
  • g) From L571 & L572 of SL Tapes, digitised by SB
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