• 1999-12-23
  • The first part of the 1999 Festive Fifty. Number 51 is an 'honorary' chart position for a record that JP felt should have accrued more votes than it did, and marks the only time in the chart's history that he played a track during the rundown that was not in the top 50.
  • Sheila reads the introductory numbers and lets slip an obscenity at one point.
  • They both indicate a willingness to have Blur back at Peel Acres.


  • None


Peelenium 1989

  1. Pixies: 'Wave Of Mutilation (LP-Doolittle)' (4AD)
  2. New Order: 'Vanishing Point (LP-Technique)' (Factory)
  3. Pocket Fishrmen: 'The Leader Is Burning (7 inch)' (not on label)
  4. Maloko: 'In The Midnight Hour (12")' (London)
(JP (after mentioning the fall of the Berlin Wall): 'Within about 48 hours I did a programme for the East German station D.T. Fuhren Zechtig in English, I'm ashamed to say, but it was I think the first English programme broadcast in the East ever, or certainly since the Wall went up, and I was so excited and exhilarated that I said, "Look, I tell you what, I'll send you a programme every week, you don't have to pay anything at all, I'll even pay for the tapes and the postage and everything," and they said, "No thanks." (laughs) Well, it keeps you humble.')

1999 Festive Fifty: Numbers 51-31

(JP: 'We're getting very very close to the start of this year's Festive Fifty, and the All-Time Festive Fifty is going to be broadcast in the early weeks of the year 2000. We haven't got time to do it between now and the end of the year, so it'll be at the beginning of 2000.
This one wasn't in the Festive Fifty, but it very nearly was, and I think if I'd had to list my three favourite tracks of the year, it would probably have been in there, so this is kind of an honorary 51.')
(JP (to Pig): 'You just used a bad word on the radio.')
(JP: 'Well, he won't do stuff for the programme, but we stll play the records and you vote for them.')
(JP: 'A certain amount of confusion in the house because our Tom's girlfriend Ellie has just made some mince pies, and champagne's arrived, and how much we wish you could be with us, listeners. That is true: obviously, one or two of you we wouldn't get on with, but the bulk I suspect we might.')
(JP: 'So we're going to be back with more of the Festive Fifty on Tuesday night and Wednesday night....Thanks very much for listening. So far, no Fall, no Cuban Boys, no Cinerama, no Flaming Lips, no Robbie Williams, what will happen?...From all of us here, a Happy Christmas.')
  • Midnight news


  • a) ff99 Part 1
  • b) Peel Show 1999-12-23
  • c) jp231299.mp3
  • a) 01:31:41
  • b) 02:00:02
  • c) 01:59:55
  • a) Recording quality slightly distorted in places, and subfusc at the start.
  • b) 192 kbps. Complete show compiled by SIG using five separate files from two contributors, to both of whom many thanks.
  • c) Many thanks to max-dat.
  1. David Bowie's 'Heroes' with lyrics in German. Taken from session #2, 1999-05-18.
  2. Originally released in 1995, but as JP notes, reissued in 1999, thereby allowing it to qualify for the year's chart.
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