• 1988-12-28
  • The final part of the 1988 Festive Fifty, plus session repeats from the year.
  • The top 10 features JP's first diatribe against his listener's choices, and probably his first use of the phrase 'boys strumming guitars', which he would use with variations right up to his final chart in 2003: yet all but one of the 50 records were ones that he had played during the year.
  • Start of show: "There must be something I can say about honey nuts and tinned sweetcorn, but it doesn't come immediately to mind, I confess. Well, I don't think I've ever heard the Christians sounding as good as they did just now on Radio 1 FM. Tonight, scruffy listeners, we have sessions for you from..."

Session Repeats


(JP: 'Obviously, over the Christmas and New Year period, I've been driving backwards and forwards quite a bit, and covering a lot of miles, and I'm quite grateful, frankly, for the number of police that are out there and stopping people. There seem to be one or two people, obviously, who drive around, you think, those blighters, so quite glad to see the police, although it has meant that I've been stopped twice meself. Last night, as I was drifting along the A11, at a fairly reasonable tempo, I thought, I was pulled over. They said things that you think, "They only say that on television!" They said, "60 miles an hour not fast enough for you then, sir?"')
(JP: 'Every time I play this, I have to have people standing by to fan me with peacock feather fans in case I become overheated.')
(JP: 'Right, replace your heads on a count of three.')

1988 Festive Fifty: Numbers 10-01

(JP: 'I thought you'd prefer the LP version to the single version. That's the kind of decision we real men have to take from time to time.')
(JP: 'You can feel the tension, can't you? No? Oh well.')
(JP: 'If you've been with me since we started at number 50, whenever it was, a few programmes ago quite clearly, I think you'll have to agree with me, really, that it's an ultra-conservative Festive Fifty. For example, if you want to take the number of black records that have made it into the Festive Fifty this year. I mean, it's been mainly kind of young lads strumming guitars. A lot of good tunes, I don't deny that, but as I say, conservative.')
(JP: 'Anyway, the best ending of any of the tracks in this year's Festive Fifty.')


  • 1) and 2) 28th December 88 Parts 1 & 2
  • 3) JP19881228.mp3
  • 4) remastered by Peel Mailing List member Jake. Many thanks to him.
  • 5) John Peel 28 Dec 1988 complete mw.mp3
  • 1) 00:45:49, 2) 00:48:14
  • 3) 01:57:32
  • 5) 02:08:10
  • 1) and 2) Some slight distortion evident
  • 5) Many thanks to Tim.
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