• 1980-12-29
  • Fourth of five shows featuring the 1980 Festive Fifty.
  • Most of show available in 2 parts. Part 1 - Sessions & Part 2 - Festive Fifty rundown: #20 to #11.
  • Notable Peel quote - On hearing son Thomas's first words "Dalglish" - "We fell to our knees at home and stayed there for at least half an hour just to be on the safe side"


(Please add details of any commercial release of these sessions)


Part 1 - Sessions

JP: "Have among ye, my blind harpers!"[2]
JP: "Adam & The Ants and 'Zerox' - and still a much requested item when the John Peel Roadshow takes to the road, as it does this coming Saturday, when it has to go to Edinburgh. It also hopes to go the Meadowbank match earlier on in the day."
  • Icarus: Tower Block Kid (session) 3:43
JP: "Incidentally, Boots For Dancing and Fire Engines the bands I am gigging with in Edinburgh at the weekend."[3]
JP: Urgent travel message - Piccadilly Circus closed to traffic.
JP: On hearing son Thomas's first words "Dalglish" - "We fell to our knees at home and stayed there for at least half an hour just to be on the safe side."
  • Killing Joke: Complications (session) 3:18
  • Icarus: Don't Put Reggae In A Bag (session) 4:24
  • Passions: I'm In Love With A German Film Star (session) 4:59
JP: "Tug of love earthquake victims in open heart surgery drama."

Part 2

  • Icarus: Sugar Run (session) (edited out)

1980 Festive Fifty

  1. Joy Division: "New Dawn Fades" (Unknown Pleasures, 1979) Factory
  2. The Ruts: "In a Rut" (7" single, 1978) People Unite
  3. The Cure: "A Forest" [album version] (Seventeen Seconds, 1980) Fiction
  4. The Undertones: "Get Over You" (The Undertones, 1979) Sire
  5. Stiff Little Fingers: "Johnny Was" (Inflammable Material, 1979) Rough Trade

Advert for Radio One Talkabout, 18:30, 30 December 1980

  1. The Clash: "Complete Control" (7" single, 1977) CBS
  2. Joy Division: "Decades" (Closer, 1980) Factory
  3. The Jam: "Going Underground" (7" single, 1980) Polydor
  4. Sex Pistols: "Holidays in the Sun" (Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, 1977) Virgin Records.
JP: "At #18 in 1978 and #14 in 1979 and #12 this year, and possibly giving some impetus to my theory - which I think I hold alone, actually - that this may be ultimately the most durable of the four classic Pistols singles."
  1. Public Image Ltd.: "Public Image" (Public Image, 1978) Virgin Records


  • Part 1: John Peel Show (1980_12_29) 1980 Festive 50 sessions.mp3 or 01JohnPeelShow(19801229).mp3
  • Part 2: JP19801229_v2.mp3
  • 3) KevH Tape 2
  • Part 1: 46:13
  • Part 2: 53:16
  • 3) 11:21-24:42 (from 22:11 unique)
  • Part 1: Very good stereo sound at 320 kbps. Tape and file from Hangthedj 17:16, August 29, 2010 (UTC)
  • Part 2: Very good stereo sound at 256 kbps. Many thanks to ray_b2 for uploading this show.
  • 3) From KevH Tape 2
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  1. Comment during the 24 December 1980 show
  2. This appears to be from a variation of the traditional folk song The Lochmaben Harper.
  3. 3rd January 1981, Nite Club, Edinburgh - Photo here