I haven’t come across this compilation before which was released as a 2 CD set at the end of 2011 by EMI. It compiles recordings by 41 different punk, post-punk, reggae and 2 Tone acts including Joy Division, XTC, The Jam, Simple Minds, The Specials, Public Image Ltd. and Siouxsie and the Banshees. It’s still available to buy from a certain tax avoiding website.
In light of the recent news that The Flatmates are reforming albeit with Lisa Bouvier on vocals and Brian from Peru on drums here is their entry from 1986′s Festive 50 which reached number 42 in that years chart.
The band will be playing the following gigs in August and September:
Friday August 23rd – Bristol, The Exchange. With Design and Flowers
Saturday August 24th – London Bridge, The Miller. With Flowers and Design
Sunday August 25th – Brighton, At The Edge Of The Sea Festival @ The Concorde 2
Saturday September 14th – Nottingham, Indiepop Alldayer
Play The 1986 Festive 50
The Wedding Present were (and still are I guess!) the second most successful act in the history of the Festive Fifty in terms of entries sandwiched between The Fall #1 and The Smiths #3. In fact front-man Dave Gedge was the originator of the scoring system used to calculate the Festive Fifty.
Almost all the tracks are on Spotify with the exception, in the UK, of The Peel session version of Take Me and the bands output on Island Records between 1995/97. However they are all on You Tube.
The playlist was based on this Peel Wiki entry.
Not on Spotify – you can download the whole of this excellent EP for free from here.
Not available on Spotify
Spotify has 34 of the 50 tracks from 2012′s Festive 50 with the rest being on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. I will post those another time when I the chance to listen to the two God Speed You Black Emperor tracks that clock in at over 40 minutes between them!
As usual the playlist counts down from 50 to number one. Here are the results in full.
The Festive Fifty 2012 is currently streaming at Dandelion Radio. Due to their licensing arrangements they cannot publish the the chart until the end of January. You will have to tune in to find out what has made the top 50!
As soon as it is published I will compile the playlist.