• John Peel Show
  • BBC Radio One
  • 1988-12-21
  • The second part of the 1988 Festive Fifty, following best of the year session repeats.
  • A mistake in the previous night's programme means that JP has to play the number 41 that wasn't played then.
  • The occurrence of a tragedy in the news leads to a paucity of links in the first part of the show.
  • JP (at beginning of show, following news bulletin featuring Lockerbie plane crash): "It seems almost obscene to follow a news bulletin like that with two hours of trivial nonsense..."



1988 Festive Fifty: Numbers 41-32

  • 41: Loop, 'Collision (12 inch)' (Chapter 22)
  • 40: Fall, 'Guest Informant (LP-The Frenz Experiment)' (Beggars Banquet)
  • (JP: 'Should have been higher, of course.')
  • 39: Pixies: 'River Euphrates (CDS-Gigantic)' (4AD)
  • 38: McCarthy: 'Should The Bible Be Banned (12 inch)' (September)
  • (JP: 'I was very very pleased to see this at number 37. Once again, I felt it should have been higher, but that's just me own personal view, and one of few sessions that got in.')
  • 37: Shalawambe, 'Samora Machel' (Peel Session)
  • (JP: 'First Zambian band to make the Festive Fifty. Of course, whenever I say anything absolute like that, there's always somebody on the phone straight away saying, "No, you're wrong about that, in fact"'.)
  • 36: Fall, 'Jerusalem (LP-I Am Kurious Oranj)' (Beggars Banquet)
  • (JP: 'While that was going on, I took a phone call from somebody saying would I stop playing that and play something by Cliff Richard? Well, so far, there's been none of Cliff's records in the Festive Fifty, but who can tell what is to come?')
  • File d cuts in during above track
  • 35: Stump, 'Charlton Heston (LP-A Fierce Pancake)' (Ensign)
  • (JP: 'Never an especial favourite of mine, but one that you cared for enough to put it in at 35 in the Festive Fifty.')
  • 34: Pooh Sticks: 'On Tape (LP-Alan McGee)' (Fierce)
  • 33: James: 'What For (LP-Strip-mine)' (Blanco Y Negro/Sire)
  • 32: Spit, 'Road Pizza (12 inch)' (Nailed To Sound)
  • (JP: 'I think I might well have been tempted to vote for that meself.')
  • (JP: 'Thanks very much for listening, and have a good Christmas weekend. Goodnight.')


  • a) and b) 21st December 88 parts 1 & 2
  • c) JP19881221.mp3
  • d) John Peel F50 21.12.88 last 20 minutes.mp3
  • e) John Peel 27th December 1988
  • a) 01:06:49
  • b) 00:46:45
  • c) 01:58:41
  • d) 01:05:53 (to 20:08) (continues with news and Nicky Campbell
  • e) 01:11:13 (to 17:36)
  • a) and b) Slightly brittle quality evident on this recording.
  • A high quality version of the chart rundown from #40-#32 is available in the 'Festive 50s' folder of IAP's Tapes, but is mislabelled (it can be found in the sub-folder '1987' and file name F50_1987_4031).
  • d) Many thanks to Charlie D
  • e) Many thanks to gdgdb. Slightly clearer sound than File a/c.
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