- The second of five shows featuring the 1979 Festive Fifty.
- Partially available as half-hour mp3 (see below) and Festive Fifty compilation (see 1979 Festive Fifty).
- Confirmed to be this date's show by Ken Garner's sessions research on the Peel Newsgroup.
Repeats of the year's best sessions, including:
- Cure (originally transmitted 16 May 1979)
- Damned (originally transmitted 29 October 1979)
- Secret Affair (originally transmitted 26 November 1979)
- Steel Pulse (originally transmitted 13 August 1979)
- (Ken Garner also lists a new session from Viv Stanshall. None of this is included - or even referred to - in the mp3.)
- Cure : 'Grinding Halt (Peel Session)'
- Damned : 'Smash It Up (Peel Session)' §
- Secret Affair : 'Get Ready (Peel Session)'
- Cure : 'Desperate Journalist In Ongoing Meaningful Review Situation (Peel Session)'
- (JP: "If that sounded like "Grinding Halt", which you heard earlier on, well, it really was, but with different words." In response to this review.)
- Damned : 'Liar (Peel Session)' §
- Steel Pulse : 'Reggae Fever (Peel Session)' §
- Secret Affair : 'New Dance (Peel Session)'
- Damned : 'I Just Can't Be Happy Today (Peel Session)' §
- Damned : 'I'm So Bored (Peel Session)' §
- (First 7 tracks appear on file (a). All the above appear on file (c). Tracks marked § appear on file d)
- Steel Pulse: Uncle George (session) § follows on directly from above.
- (This is followed on file d by I Just Can't Be Happy Today suggesting that the order above may not be correct. As both have tape edits it is impossible to be sure.)
- 40. Fall: 'Rowche Rumble (7 Inch)' (Step-Forward)</li>
- 39. Tubeway Army : 'Are 'Friends' Electric? (LP-Replicas)' (Beggars Banquet) [not on tape]
- 38. Siouxsie and the Banshees: 'Switch (LP-The Scream)' (Polydor) [not on tape]
- 37. Skids : 'Into the Valley (LP-Scared To Dance)' (Virgin)
- 36. Specials : 'Too Much Too Young (LP-The Specials)' (Two-Tone)
- 35. Siouxsie and the Banshees: 'Icon (LP-Join Hands)' (Polydor)
- 34. David Bowie : 'Heroes (LP-Heroes)' (RCA)
- 33. Dead Kennedys : 'California über Alles (7 Inch)' (Optional Music)
- 32. Who : 'My Generation (LP-My Generation)' (Brunswick) [not on tape]
- 31. Undertones: 'Jimmy Jimmy (LP-The Undertones)' (Sire)
- (Tracks 34-33 & 31 appear on file (b). Tracks 40, 37, 36, 35, 34-33 and 31 appear on file (c).)
- a) BBC Radio 1 - John Peel Show 791224 - 02 - Cassette One Side B.mp3
- b) 1979_Festive_Fifty_Part_1.mp3
- c) JP19791224.mp3
- d) John Peel 1979.12 Best of 1979 Pt 1 Specials-Damned -Numan.mp3
- a) 27:56 (not complete show)
- b) 16:45 to 29:58
- c) 1:05:00
- d) 43:13 (08:58 to 31:47)
- a) 39,319 kB; 192 kbps
- b) Runs slowly
- c) Made from a composite of files (a), (b) and additional off-air recordings, all speed-corrected; 192k stereo mp3. Lots of hiss!
- a) John Peel Torrent Compilation 8 of 17 (1967-1993)
- b) Peel Newsgroup
- c) Mediafire
- d) Best of 1979 Pt 1 Specials - Damned - Numan
- Other Files
- There are two other mp3s on Torrent Compilation 8. Unfortunately, these contain the same segment of the show.
- BBC Radio 1 - John Peel Show 791224 - 01 - Cassette One Side A.mp3 is identical, except that it plays the first 00:43 before restarting at 00:00, and ends with 04:08 of silence.
- RADIO 1 24 12 79 JOHN PEEL.MP3 contains exactly the same amount of the show (i.e. is from the same radio recording), but distorts & flanges in places.
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