• 1979-11-19
  • Intro: "Well, who's back on top of the First Division eh? [1] In tonight's programme we have a new session for you from the Mekons, their third for us. Four tracks from the Public Image Limited tin, rather a lot of requests I'm afraid. Debut single from the Beat - my voice is going again - we've got Madness, Cure, Crisis, Psychedelic Furs, Killing Joke, Gang of Four, Jam, Vapors, Wailers, the Martian Schoolgirls and a lot more besides."
  • 'Metal Box' by Public Image Limited gets its first airplay. JP: "Very stark and very effective as well."
  • Peel had a busy weekend with two roadshow gigs, with lots of requests to read out as a consequence. He also picked up a cold on his travels. On Friday he had been in Guilford with The Beat and the Vapors, on Saturday in Liverpool (no bands mentioned), where he did the gig rather than go to the match (Liverpool v Spurs) on the basis that he didn't feel up to doing both. ("Being an honorable bloke, I missed the match and went and did the gig instead, which was a dreadful mistake, I think, all things being considered.")
  • Both sides of the Beat debut single are played. Peel says that he hadn't programmed the B-side into the show, but "old nobber Read in the other studio" wanted to hear it.
  • Peel is upset at losing his scarf over the weekend (presumed stolen). "It has great sentimental value. Went to the European Cup final at Wembley with me, that scarf."
  • Mentions feeling sad when playing the Little Feat track, as singer Lowell George had died just a few months earlier.


  • Mekons #3 First broadcast, recorded 1979-11-05.


JP: "M. Read is very impressed with that and wants to borrow this copy of the record so he can play it in his programmes. And I shall certainly loan it to him, and anybody else who wants to play it as well."
Female voiced trail for the Festive 50.


  • 1) 1979-11-19 John Peel Radio 1.mp3
  • 2) 1979-11-19 John Peel Radio 1 DB129+DB130.mp3
  • 3) 1979-11-19 Peel Show DB129 DB130 v2.mp3
  • 1) 01:31:12
  • 2) 02:00:59
  • 3) 01:59:25
  1. Link to Division One table as it stood that evening.
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