• 1983-12-27
  • This is the third of five shows featuring session repeats from 1983 and that year's Festive Fifty. Until recently, only the chart rundown was available. However in February 2010, a newly available file included a few of the preceding session tracks.


  • Gymslips, #3 (repeat). Recorded 1983-04-30. No known commercial release.
  • Serious Drinking, #4 (repeat). Recorded 1983-09-26. No known commercial release.
  • Chameleons, #2 (repeat). Recorded 1983-06-08. Originally available on Strange Fruit (SFRCD114).
  • Helen And The Horns, #1 (repeat). Recorded 1983-08-31. No known commercial release.
  • Big Country, one and only session (repeat). Recorded 1983-03-09. No known commercial release.
  • Misty, #5 (repeat). Recorded 1982-12-15. No known commercial release.


Session Tracks

  • File 1)
  • various edits
  • File 5 cuts in
  • Misty: (session) not on file 1
  • Serious Drinking: Go For The Burn (session)
  • File 5 cuts out
  • Helen And The Horns: Freight Train (session)
  • Chameleons: Perfumed Garden (session)
  • Big Country: Inwards (session) File 4) starts half way through this track
  • The F50 is contained on File 1), File 2/3) and File 4).

1983 Festive Fifty: Numbers 30-21

  • 30: Redskins, 'Lean On Me! (7 inch)' (CNT Productions)
  • 29: Aztec Camera, 'Oblivious (LP-High Land, Hard Rain)' (Rough Trade)
  • 28: Cocteau Twins, 'Peppermint Pig (7 inch)' (4AD)
  • 27: Sisters Of Mercy, 'Alice (7 inch)' (Merciful Release)
  • 26: 10,000 Maniacs: 'My Mother The War (12 inch)' (Reflex)
  • JP: 'I know that actually technically, I mean, and in fact that was issued last year, I mean in 1982, but I think it only burst upon an astonished British public this year, so it was only fair to include it. And anyway, I like it a lot myself.'
  • 25: New Order, 'Leave Me Alone (LP-Power Corruption And Lies)' (Factory)
  • JP: 'Will that be the last time we hear from New Order in this broadcasting of the Festive Fifty? What do you think?'
  • 24: Elvis Costello (under the pseudonym The Imposter), 'Pills And Soap (LP-Punch The Clock)' (F-Beat)
  • 23: Assembly, 'Never Never (7 inch)' (Mute)
  • (John reads out a letter from a listener who, like him, is a fan of the Archers, and who asks if Eddie Grundy will be doing a session. JP: 'Who can tell?')
  • 22: Echo And The Bunnymen, 'The Cutter (7 inch)' (Korova)
  • 21: Fall: 'The Man Whose Head Expanded (7 inch)' (Rough Trade)
  • JP: 'Should have been higher, if you ask me. I don't rig these things, you know, although I'm slightly tempted to on occasion.'


  • 1) JP19831227.mp3
  • 2) ff83.2
  • 3) ff83.1
  • 4) 1983-12-27 Peel Show.mp3
  • 5) 1983-12-27 Peel Show S017.mp3
  • 1) 1:02:48
  • 2) and 3) This show begins at 01:30:39 on file 2) ff83.2, runs to the end, and continues from the beginning of file 3) ff83.1 to 00:28:30.
  • 4) 47:19
  • 5) 2:47
  • 1) Very good stereo sound at 256 kbps. Many thanks to Peel Mailing List member ray_b2 for uploading this show.
  • 2) and 3) These two files contain material from other shows.
  • 4) Newly available alternative, from tape SB183. Thanks to Weatherman22.
  • 5) Created from S017 of Stewart Tapes, digitised by Weatherman22
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