• 1996-12-29
  • Including 12-1 of the 1996 Festive Fifty.
  • Start of show: "You don't believe that, do you? It's time for a little Belinda Carlisle. Sort of."
  • John sings the praises of Ceefax (page 657) for track listings.


  • None


(JP: 'I've got a slight feeling that my voice, the voice that has thrilled the crowned heads of Europe since the turn of the century, may have been distorted somewhat prior to this, and I've now turned it down a bit, and it makes more sense, I think.')
(JP: 'It shows what a jolly chap I am that I'm even prepared to play a record by somebody called Leicester, under the circumstances.') [1]

1996 Festive Fifty: Numbers 12-01

(JP: 'Back to the Festive Fifty now, and frankly I haven't got time to go all the way from number 50 up to 13, but it's going to be available in some form somewhere, no doubt, in case you're interested in it.')
(JP: 'Not exactly my favourite Orbital track, but it's your Festive Fifty and not mine.')
(JP: 'Well there's another surprise, at least it was for me. I thought there'd be loads of Kenickie tunes in the Festive Fifty, but there you have it....I bet you're getting really excited, aren't you? Aren't you? Oh well, this is at number 3.')
(JP: 'Obviously a great record by any applicable human standard.')
(JP: 'It's one of those things, a little lesson in kind of humility if you like, because when you've got a job like mine, people are always phoning you up in December and saying, what are your favourite tracks of the year, favourite LPs, favourite singles, favourite this, favourite that, and I thought, well, I'll make a little list at the end of November, I'll make these lists and things so that I have an answer ready when people do phone me up and ask me, and nobody phoned me up. So it's entirely fatuous and futile lists. There you go.')
(JP: 'This isn't entirely appropriate, but will be in a couple of nights' time, and it's as close as I can get, and it is one of the great daft records of all time.')
  • XLNT: 'New Lang Syne (12")' (Sound FX)
(JP: 'Thanks very much for listening. Have a good New Year, back with you in 1997, here's Stuart Maconie.')


  • a) Peel 1996-12-29 incl F50 12-8.mp3
  • b) Peel 1996-12-29b incl F50 7-1.mp3
  • c-d) JP961229 a-d
  • e) John Peel 29 Dec 1996 festive 50
  • a) 0:49:44
  • b) 0:46:19
  • c) 0:49:04
  • d) 0:42:26
  • e) 0:47:20
  • c) The recording of the show ends at 0:30:42. The remainder appears to be a complete episode from the scripted series 'John Peel's Classic Radio 1 Sessions', Series 2.
  • e) Many thanks to Tim.
  • a-d) Not currently available online.
  • e) Mooo
  1. A reference to Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Boxing Day.
  2. These two tracks are by different bands.
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