Podcast: Peel’s Other Christmas Records


Seasonal felicitations from us here at #keepingitpeel and a BIG thank you to everyone that took part in the #keepingitpeel day on October 25th. As a thank you to everyone we have a special Xmas edition broadcast by Peelie.

» But before we begin a few words about the above illustration (click to view) by Ben Rowe

This illustration is called Peel Acres and is one of a few of the John Peel inspired images that Ben has created.
John Peel illustration by Ben Rowe
As you will see Ben is a big fan and in December 2010 he was a part of Electric Peel – A John Peel tribute exhibition in Glasgow. Ben was paired up with Scottish artist/ designer Michael Corr and together they created the John Peel Tent.

Another image used in the exhibition was the cassette pictured to the right. Bigger version here.

My gratitude to Ben for his stunning work and permission to use his images as part of this pod/post.

– SO then to the latest pod, which is an archive show…

This broadcast went out on the 24th December 1992 and was known as John Peel’s Other Christmas Records.

As he says himself in the opening intro:

“…the records that Santa Claus forgot, guaranteed Greg Lake-free…”

There are many highlights in this show, some very unexpected artists but also the usual suspects The Fall and Wedding Present both make an appearance.

Because of our self imposed 1 hour limit on podcast length this recording of his broadcast has been split into two parts.


Part 1:

– Hank Ballard And The Midnighters – Santa Claus Is Coming
– Solomon Burke – Presents For Christmas
– Shonen Knife – Space Christmas
– Hepsters – Rocking And Rolling With Santa Claus
– Black Ace – Santa Claus Blues
– Mikey Jarrett And Mikey General – Santa Claus Is Black
– Four Lovers – White Christmas
– Margo Sylvia And The Tuneweavers – Merry Christmas Baby
– Wailers – Christmas Spirit
– Cocteau Twins – Frosty The Snowman
– Huey Piano Smith – Twas The Night Before Christmas
– Phil Ochs – No Christmas In Kentucky
– Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Dont Wanna Fight Tonight)
– Champion Jack Dupree – Santa Claus Blues
– Moods – Rockin Santa Claus
– Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band – There Aint No Santa Claus On The Evening Train
– Amos Milburn – Christmas Comes Once A Year
– Oscar Maclolly And His Honeyjumpers – Dig That Crazy Santa Claus
– Lynn White – If You Cant Come Home For Christmas
– Johnny Preston – I Want A RocknRoll Guitar

Part 1:

» D/load     [This episode is 1hr 22secs long/file size is 82.9mb]

Part 2:

– Lonnie Brooks – Christmas On the Bayou
– Wedding Present – Step Into Christmas
– Meditation Singers – Blue Christmas
– Carla Thomas – Gee Whizz Its Christmas
– Director – Christmas Soca
– Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
– Moonglows – Hey Santa Claus
– Commander Cody – Daddys Drinking Up Our Christmas
– Run DMC – Christmas In Hollis
– Turtles – Santa And The Sidewalk Surfer
– Plan 9 – Merry Christmas
– Freddie King – Christmas Tears
– Gary U.S. Bonds – Call Me For Christmas
– Carlene Davis – Santa Claus Do You Ever Come To The Ghetto
– The Fall – Xmas With Simon
– Sonics – Santa Claus
– Marcels – Merry Twistmas
– Otis Redding – White Christmas

Part 2:

» D/load     [This episode is 59 mins 22secs long/file size is 81.6mb]

So that’s it then. Hope you enjoy. Have a good one.

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