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  • 1978-12-27


(JP: "Some tracks from some of the best sessions of the year.)


(JP: "When the Buzzcocks recorded this session for us on the 10th of April, under the sweaty hand of Tony Wilson, I must confess I thought it was rather limp, but hearing it go out again today it sounds rather good to me.")
(Referred to as ""Jah Pickney Know Them" [...] "Rock Against Racism" as well, an alternative title for you if you like. ... [This year] a lot of the reggae bands we got in to do sessions for us [but not Steel Pulse] turned out rather, kind of, middle of the road stuff in a sense, hope they don't do that in 1979.")
1978 Festive Fifty
  • 40. Stranglers: "London Lady" (LP - Rattus Norvegicus, 1977) United Artists
  • 39. Who: My Generation (7", 1965) Brunswick
(JP: "The only elderly record which wasn't in the Festive Fifty in 1976 but is now. Yet another example, if you like, of your superior judgement.")
  • 38. Siouxsie & The Banshees: "Overground" [album version] (LP - The Scream, 1978) Polydor
  • 37. Elvis Costello: Alison (LP - My Aim Is True, 1977) Stiff (played from the 7" single)
  • 36. Bob Dylan: Like a Rolling Stone (LP - Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) Columbia (#10 in 1976)
  • 35. Motors: Dancing the Night Away [album version] Virgin (#1 in 1977)
  • 34. Siouxsie & The Banshees: Helter Skelter (LP - The Scream, 1978) Polydor (version played is a clean radio promo, with rerecorded, not muted, vocals)
  • 33. Stranglers: No More Heroes (LP - No More Heroes, 1977) United Artists
  • 32.Stranglers: Hanging Around (LP - Rattus Norvegicus, 1977) United Artists
  • 31. Derek & The Dominoes: Layla [album version] (LP - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, 1970) Polydor (#2 in 1976)
  • 30. Buzzcocks: Moving Away from the Pulsebeat (LP - Another Music In A Different Kitchen, 1978) United Artists
  • 29. Pink Floyd: Shine On You Crazy Diamond [parts I - V] (LP - Wish You Were Here, 1975) Harvest (#8 in 1976) ("Still nice that it's in there, in my view.")
  • 28. Dire Straits: Sultans of Swing [album version] (LP - Dire Straits, 1978) Vertigo
(JP: "I was a trifle surprised to discover this at 28. [...] Surprised but pleased.")
  • 27. Ian Dury: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (7", 1977) Stiff
  • 26. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (LP - Born to Run, 1975) Columbia
(JP: "I'm enjoying this a lot, me, I hope you are. People shaking their heads all over the country, soft swish of falling dandruff.")


  • Peel 78 part 2.mp3
  • 1:59:56