Twist The Knife, by Neko Case

Twist The Knife, by Neko Case.

The 2000 Festive Fifty #1

Neko Richelle Case (born September 8, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers.

Case recorded and toured for several years as Neko Case & Her Boyfriends before performing solely under her name. She primarily performs her own material ... (read more at Wikipedia)

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The track 'Twist The Knife' from Neko Case's second album, Furnace Room Lullaby, reached #1 in the 2000 Festive Fifty. It would be the only case of a country song topping the list and her one and only Festive Fifty entry.

Peel first played a track from the album on 08 February 2000 but admitted he'd had the LP at home for some time already. He soon made up for lost time, however, and the LP was featured heavily in his shows over subsequent months. The DJ also went back to play tracks from her debut album and her early recordings as a member of Canadian indie rock band Meow (later Maow), which he styled her "day job" (02 April 2000 (BFBS)). There would also be a live Maida Vale session later in the year.

Peel, however, was less keen on her later musical direction. On 01 January 2002, he commented:

"I was sent actually toward the end of last year a new record by Neko Case [presumably Canadian Amp] ... and I have to admit that I was disappointed with it. Because her previous one was #1 in last year's Festive Fifty and was terrific and it was kind of country stuff, and she had reverted more to the kind of singer-songwriter things, which were perfectly acceptable but not as dramatic or as exciting or just as plain good as the country things she was doing. So perhaps she will go back to the country in 2002. Let's hope so."

After Peel's death, a six-track 1992 EP featuring Case as a member of Meow was found in John Peel's Record Box.

Festive Fifty Entries


One session. No known commercial release of sessions.

1. Broadcast live from Maida Vale 13 September 2000. Repeated: 22 February 2001.

  • Set Out Running / Make Your Bed / I Still Remember / Favourite / Twist The Knife /Bought And Sold / Furnace Room Lullaby / (Look For Me) I'll Be Around / Running Out Of Fools / Lord Don't Move The Mountain / Bought And Sold


  1. El Picador
  2. The Ride Part 2
  3. Piker Sam
  4. Ballad Of Cable Hogue (featuring Neko Case)
  5. Stingin' Velvet (featuring Neko Case)
  6. Stray
  7. Lost In Space
  8. Minas De Cobre
  9. The Crystal Frontier

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