• 2001-12-27
  • Complete show including 2001 Festive Fifty, part 3
  • Start of show: 'And the tension mounts indeed, Steven. Welcome to all of you in the nation, wherever you are, to Peel Acres.'
  • John effectively tricks his listeners by playing the White Stripes and leaving listeners to guess whether it made the chart or not.


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(JP: 'Does that mean that it's not in the top ten or top eighteen of the Festive Fifty...or is this part of some fatuous double bluff? You'll have to keep listening to find out.')
(JP: 'One of the biggest stars of my childhood, and I used to think she was quite wonderful.')

2001 Festive Fifty: Numbers 18-01

(JP: 'I have to tell you that members of my own family are so interested in the Festive Fifty that three of them have gone to the pub, William is watching the TV, and I'm not sure what the other one is doing.')
(JP: 'The Pig's doing the Guardian crossword, that'll give her something to do for the rest of the evening.
At number 16, a track I'd have picked for meself, I think, if I'd had a vote.')
(JP: 'One of the most profound questions of the year, I'd say.') [2]
(JP: 'Well, I'm sorry we had to muck that up for you. It seems the technology doesn't exist at Radio 1 to cope with quiet bits of records. I must ask the people over at Radio 3 how they manage to do it, because when you hear things like Handel's 'Messiah', you don't hear bits of S Club 7 being banged over the top of the quiet bits. At least, I don't think you do.')
(JP: 'Well, I think my blood pressure probably just hit its 2001 high.')
(JP: 'Moment of panic there, of course, when the record stopped briefly. I thought I should start talking about my tits, or what I was going to have done with my hair just to cover the gap.')
(JP: 'So we come to number one in this year's Festive Fifty, and this gets the whole-hearted endorsement of us here at Peel Acres this year.')
  • 01: Melys, 'Chinese Whispers (EP-Chinese Whispers)' (Sylem)
(JP: 'Well, I feel quite emotional about that....we're celebrating here at Peel Acres with champagne, and I hope they are doing so at Betws-Y-Coed as well (noises off from family)...Thanks very much for listening.')


  • 2001-12-27 JP011227.mp3
  • 02:00:07
  • Very good sound at 128 kbps
  1. By half a minute, the shortest track ever to make the Festive Fifty, clocking in at 30 seconds.
  2. He is referring to the rousing final chorus, which asks, "Who the fucking hell are Slipknot?"
  3. An Otis Redding cover.
  4. Due to the very quiet start of this, the emergency tape cuts in, to JP's considerable chagrin, as noted above.
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