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The Datsuns are a garage rock band from Cambridge, New Zealand, formed in 2000. In 1995, while still at school, Rudolf de Borst (vocals, bass), Phil Somervell (guitar), and Matt Osment (drums) formed a band under the name Trinket. Christian Livingstone joined the band in 1997 as a second guitarist. They entered and won the 1999 89FM Battle of the Bands competition in Hamilton, New Zealand. By 2000 the band had renamed themselves The Datsuns. In August 2000 they released their first single, "Super Gyration!," on 7 inch vinyl only. In July 2002, after featuring several times on John Peel's programme on the UK's BBC Radio 1 and being hailed as "the future of rock" by the British music press, the band signed with the V2 record label. Their self-titled debut album made a strong impression in the UK, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. (read more on wikipedia)

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The Datsuns singer Rudolf de Borst was encouraged by his friend, Simon Keeler, who worked for Cargo Records UK, to send John Peel some of the band's music directly in early 2002. Rudolf then “handwrote him a letter – ‘Dear Mr Peel ... blah blah blah’ – added our two 7-inch singles and wrapped it all in cardboard and flyers from our various shows.” [1] Peel liked what he heard and invited the group to record their first Peel Session. After the group's first USA dates they had a Peel session booked and few other shows in the UK in 2002. Early that year, Peel had visited New Zealand for the first time.

Peel continued supporting the band until his last days and the band paid tribute to him after his death by joining with other musicians in covering the Buzzcocks 'Ever Fallen In Love', which was released as a single in 2005, where proceeds went to Amnesty International, an organisation which the DJ supported as one of his favourite charities.

Festive Fifty Entries


Recorded and broadcast live at Maida Vale: 01 May 2002. Repeated: 01 January 2003

  1. Fink For The Man
  2. Lady
  3. Harmonic Generator
  4. Super Gyration
  5. Freeze Sucker
  6. Transistor
  7. Good Night Now


  1. Song 1
  2. Lady
  3. Supergyration
  4. Harmonic Generator
  5. What Would I Know
  6. Motherfucker From Hell
  7. Its Kinda Like Being In Love
  8. You're The Man
  9. Sitting Pretty
  10. At Your Touch
  11. Little Sister
  12. Freeze Sucker
  13. Goodnight Now Ladies And Gentlemen
  1. Get Up
  2. MF From Hell
  3. Messin' Around
  4. What Would I Know
  5. Girl's Best Friend
  6. Sittin' Pretty
  7. Harmonic Generator
  8. Fink For The Man
  9. What I've Lost
  10. You Can't Find Me
  11. Freeze Sucker
  12. Blacken My Thumb
  13. In Love

Other Shows Played

The Datsuns - In Love

The Datsuns - In Love

The Datsuns - I Ain't Got Time For Love (Fun Things)

The Datsuns - I Ain't Got Time For Love (Fun Things)


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