Ashweds then
are a Northern Irish alternative rock band, formed in Downpatrick in 1992 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray. As a three-piece, they released mini-album Trailer in 1994, followed by 1977 in 1996. After the success of their full debut, the band recruited Charlotte Hatherley as a guitarist and vocalist, releasing their second record Nu-Clear Sounds in 1998. After narrowly avoiding bankruptcy the band released Free All Angels in 2001. Their fourth record Meltdown, released in 2004, was the band's final record with Hatherley before returning to their original three-piece lineup for their fifth studio album Twilight of the Innocents in 2007. After five conventional albums the band released 26 singles in The A-Z Series in 2009, one every two weeks. The band have had one silver, two gold and two platinum-selling (and chart-topping) records in the United Kingdom, as well as 18 songs in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart.

Links To Peel

Peel first heard the band in 1993 and were regularly played on his show in the 90's and early 00's. The group performed many sessions for his show at Maida Vale and one at Peel Acres with only Tim Wheeler and Charlotte Hatherley performing an acoustic session in 1999. By the time of their fourth album, Peel lost interest in the band, but after his death, singer Tim Wheeler paid tribute by dedicating Teenage Kicks to the man at their gig in 2004.

Ash were on the sharp end of Mark E. Smith's tongue during the infamous Loaded interview where he not only lambasted Peel but also claimed to be responsible for the band's career. [1]

Festive Fifty Entries 


  • Four sessions. The tracks Silver Surfer and Jazz 59 from session #1 were added to the 7" bonus vinyl, which was included in the Trailer (1994, vinyl, Infectious Records) LP.

1. Recorded: 1994-04-03. Broadcast: 30 April 1994. Repeated: 10 March 1995

  • Silver Surfer / Season / Petrol / Jazz 59

2. Recorded: 1996-04-14. Broadcast: 27 April 1996

  • I'd Give You Anything / Get Ready / Lose Control / Darkside Lightside

3. Recorded: 1999-04-15. Broadcast: 15 April 1999 (Tim Wheeler and Charlotte Hatherley live acoustic session from Peel Acres)

  • Folk Song / Something Like You / Aphrodite / What Deaner Was Talking About / Girl From Mars

4. Recorded: 2001-06-06. Broadcast: 06 June 2001

  • Walking Barefoot / Candy / Sometimes / Pacific Pallisades / There's A Star / World Domination / Jack Names The Planets [1] / Submission / Teenage Kicks / Melon Farmer / Girl From Mars


1. Recorded at Glastonbury: 1995-06-23. Broadcast: 23 June 1995

  • Silver / Jack Names The Planets / Intense Thing / Uncle Pat / Season / Petrol / Angel / Punk Boy / Girl From Mars / Kung Fu

2. Recorded at Reading Festival: 1996-08-25. Broadcast: 25 August 1996

  • Goldfinger / Darkside Lightside / Oh Yeah / Innocent Smile / Petrol / Girl From Mars / Kung Fu

Other Shows Played

Ash - Jack Names The Planets OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Ash - Jack Names The Planets OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

'Jack Names the Planets', #12 in the 1994 Festive Fifty

Ash - Kung Fu

Ash - Kung Fu

'Kung Fu', #06 in the 1995 Festive Fifty

Ash - Oh Yeah

Ash - Oh Yeah

'Oh Yeah', #38 in the 1996 Festive Fifty

  • 16 October 1997: Life Less Ordinary (CD - A Life Less Ordinary) A&M
  • 23 December 1997(JP: 'Always like any record with a bit of backward spooling on it...I asked our son Thomas what his favourite record of the year was, and he said he hadn't heard a decent record for two years. But then to my surprise nominated this.') 'A Life Less Ordinary (CD single)' (Infectious)
  • 26 December 2000: 'Shining Light (CD single)' (Infectious) (JP: 'A challenger for next year's Festive Fifty? I wouldn't be at all surprised.')
  • 04 January 2001: Shining Light (7") Infectious
  • 04 January 2001 (Radio Eins): Shining Light (7") Infectious
  • 14 January 2001 (BBC World Service): Shining Light (single) Infectious
  • 18 January 2001: Shining Light (CD single) Infectious
  • 14 March 2001: 'Burn Baby Burn (LP-Free All Angels)' (Infectious)
  • 17 April 2001: Walking Barefoot (7") (Infectious)
  • 19 April 2001: 'Cherry Bomb (LP-Free All Angels)' (Infectious)
  • 25 April 2001: 'Burn Baby Burn (LP-Free All Angels)' (Infectious)
  • 26 April 2001 (Radio Eins): Walking Barefoot (7") (Infectious)
  • 03 May 2001 (Radio Eins): 'Shark (LP-Free All Angels)' (Infectious)
  • 05 June 2001: Jack Names The Planets (7" - Jack Names The Planets) LaLaLand
  • 10 July 2001: Teenage Kicks (live) (CD single) Infectious (JP: 'Our Tom recommended this, and he's right to do so.')
  • 18 July 2001: Teenage Kicks (b-side 'Sometimes' single) Infectious
  • 25 July 2001 (Radio Mafia): Teenage Kicks (double 7" single Sometimes) Infectious (JP: "It was recorded originally for my programmes here, a live recording at our Maida Vale studio in London, and while that was going on in real time, as it were, rather than recording, I was singing along with it, and crying at the same time. Why this is, I really don't know. Every time I hear Teenage Kicks I burst into floods of tears. Which is why I had to follow it with another record without speaking.")

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  1. Specifically requested by John.
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