• John Peel Show
  • BBC Radio One
  • 1990-12-22
  • Features repeats of best sessions of the year and the first part of the 1990 Festive Fifty.
  • John claims to have been the first DJ to play the Deee-Lite track on the radio.
  • The session tracks are played back to back without comment.


  • Barkmarket, #1 (repeat). Recorded 1990-09-30. No known commercial release.
  • MC 900 Foot Jesus & DJ Zero, one and only session (repeat). Recorded 1990-02-18. No known commercial release.
  • Simba Wanyika, one and only session (repeat). Recorded 1990-07-24. No known commercial release. 'Maria Maria' not TX in this show.


(JP: 'Really was an excellent session. I like all that scuffling that goes on at the beginning and end of each of the tracks as well.')
(JP: 'I've just opened a card from Davy and Stella, not sure where they came from, or where it came from anyway, and this says, I think in Davy's handwriting, "I expect the Festive Fifty will be a load of piss again". Now, this is obviously a rather cynical view of the way things are going to work out. I mean, hip-hop has become much more a part of the pop mainstream in the past year. 1990's clearly been the year of dance, reggae's been on the up during the year, there's been a lot of world gets played everywhere, and people are much more broad-minded...I was disappointed with last year's Festive Fifty, because it did, by and large, consist of attractive white folks strumming guitars: a lot of records that I liked a great deal myself, I won't deny that, but there is a wide range of stuff. So, how is this year's Festive Fifty going to work out?')

1990 Festive Fifty: Numbers 50-39

(JP: 'Actually sounded quite seasonal, that, what with the bells and everything.')
(JP: 'This year, it was my intention during these programmes to broadcast some of my favourite tracks. I mean, this is self-indulgent, but this is the season of the year for self-indulgence, I suppose. So I sat down to try and work out, as people who send in their Festive Fifty entries have to do, what my Festive Fifty entries would have been. This is absolutely true, I got it down to 160 tracks, and this was having excluded 20 LPs. I thought, "Well, I can't put all of 'Extricate' or the Babes In Toyland or Mav Cacherel LP in there, so I'll kind of eliminate them from consideration, and just do other tracks from sessions or singles, or from other LPs that weren't wholly good". As I say, I got it down to about 160, and I thought, "I'll broadcast some of these instead". But, by the time I'd got all the sessions sorted out, and the Festive Fifty, plainly there was no time to do any of this. But if I had put together some kind of, like, Festive Twenty, this would have been in it.')
  • 47: Farm, 'Groovy Train (Terry Farley Mix) (12 inch)' (Produce) MILK 102R #
(JP: 'As I've remarked before in the course of these programmes, few things in the year have given me greater pleasure than the success of the Farm, who've made three absolutely classic singles. Even if they never made another one, they could rest on those laurels, I think. They're records that people will still be listening to with pleasure many years from now.')
  • 46: Farm, 'Stepping Stone (7 inch)' (Produce)
(JP (referring to the next record): 'I was very pleased to see this get into the Festive Fifty: it would have been in mine, I think.')
(JP (after fade-out) : 'Actually this sounds like a crummy pressing too, and I don't think it is - it played alright at home anyway a couple of days ago. Maybe we're staring the spectre of stylusware in the face.')
(JP: 'I always associate them, particularly the LP that followed that, with the Reading Festival, because of the night that I was kept awake most of the night by the Inspiral Carpets playing most of it in their room downstairs, or one of their rooms downstairs, where they were partying of course, as most Madchester fans do continuously, and keeping an old man awake.')
(JP (as track fades) : '"Over the points/over the points/over the points/over the points" You're probably too young to remember that') [2]

(JP: 'A wonderful session, I think.')

Files marked # available on File 4


  • 1) 00:48:40, 00:47:49, 00:46:53, 00:44:41
  • 2) 00:46:25, 00:46:22 (ends at 00:15:35)
  • 3) 02:20:58
  • 1) The quality of these files is listenable rather than outstanding, with some distortion and a brittle treble throughout.
  • 2) #50-#42, #41-39
  • 3) Created from R131 and R132 of Rich 200 digitized by Weatherman22. Slightly better quality than file 1 but not as crisp as file 2.
  • 4) Excellent quality. Created from tapes SB844 SB847 and SB848 of Weatherman22's Tapes
  1. Unusually, JP does not announce this fact.
  2. John is referring to THIS although other than the (vague) link the tracks have in terms of lyrics being repeated, the reasons for him doing so are unclear!
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