#KeepingItPeel Podcast – Random Festive Fifty

Before we begin with this special edition podcast, just want to give a mention and a HUGE thank you to all the chaps at the John Peel Wiki because if it wasn’t for them… none of this would exist.
It is thanks to their never ending tireless work that I have the source material to present these snippets of Peel.

Please take the time to go over there and help out with any information you have about the John Peel shows – They would be eternally grateful if you have any old recordings lying around that you could convert and upload…

Now onto this edition of the #keepingitpeel podcasts and as the title suggests they are randomly selected tracks from John Peel’s Festive Fifty from 1980 to 2004.

How some of the tracks were chosen was literally sticking a pin in a piece of paper. I wrote down the years and then numbers 1-50 next to them, closed my eyes and pointed on the sheet. This will probably explain when you listen to the pod that there’s position numbers 4 & 3 featured, but no No. 2 and two at Number 1.


  1. Grinderswitch intro (Dec 22nd 1980)
  2. The Gang of Four – Damaged Goods (No.50-1980)
  3. Pico – Chard (No.50-2001)
  4. The Fall – U.S 80’s-90’s (No.10-1986)
  5. Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant (No. 51-1977)
  6. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 2 Kindsa Love (No.22-1996)
  7. Culture – Lion Rock (No.48-2000)
  8. Sundays – Can’t Be Sure (No.47 -2000)
  9. Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (No.46-2000)
  10. Ballboy – All The Records On The Radio Are Shite (No.10-2002)
  11. Marc Smith Vs Safe & Sound – Identify The Beat (No.9-2002)
  12. Pinhole – So Over You (No.8-2002)
  13. Billy Bragg – Northern Industrial Town (Peel Session) (No.37-1995)
  14. Cornershop – 6 A.M. Jullander Shere (No.36-1995)
  15. Dreadzone – Captain Dread (No.35-1995)
  16. The Smiths – Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (No.28-1984)
  17. This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren (No.4-1983)
  18. New Order – Age Of Consent (No.3-1983)
  19. Melys – Chinese Whispers (No.1-2001)
  20. Cinerama – Don’t Touch That Dial (No.1-2003)

Again as mentioned if you didn’t see it above – not fifty tracks but randomly selected tracks from all the festive fifties. The reason for this is that 50 tracks would take the podcast length to over two hours. We usually restrict ourselves to 1 hour and with this pod we’ve gone over that by 23 mins. Additionally there is the file size. We try to keep it small enough so that it is quickly and easily downloadable.

Listen here:

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5 thoughts on “#KeepingItPeel Podcast – Random Festive Fifty

  1. The Smiths – Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (No.28-1984)

    Brought water to my eyes.
    What more can I say,…Thanks.


  2. Not sure how life would be without your regular injections of Peel generosity. Super stuff as ever.

  3. Thanks for that. I have numerous recordings of festive 50s and other peel shows ,including, just about all of these songs (including comments) but in this any song anytime anywhere culture its nice to have the songs chosen for you. I listen to dandelion radio, which makes a pretty good stab at continuing peel’s thing, (including the festive 50) with greater and lesser success according to DJ.

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