Led Zeppelin on Spotify

Led Zeppelin have signed an exclusive deal with Spotify who now get to stream their back catalogue. Nope that news doesn’t excite me either but at least it means I can go one step further in completing the Festive Playlists for 1976, 1987, 1979 and 1980 which have been duly updated. This one appears in each of those years.

Movement – Peel Sessions 1977 – 1979

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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.

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Festive 50 1986 Number 42 – The Flatmates – I Could Be In Heaven

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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

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The Wedding Present Festive Fifty Entries

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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.

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Altered Images – Dead Pop Stars

Dead Pop Stars was the début single by Altered Images and was originally released in 1981. It made Number 15 in that years Festive 50. Additionally it reached Number 21 in the All Time Festive 50 of 1982.

It’s not on Spotify at this time.

1981 Festive 50

All Time Festive 50 (1982)

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