Festive Fifty Build Up Show – 2013/12


As previously mentioned the Festive Fifty is currently streaming on Dandelion radio.

The station also ran a Festive Fifty build-up show and they have posted a copy of this to Mixcloud for streaming. They say (or said?) “Join a selection of Dandelion Radio DJs for the hour up to midnight (GMT) on Christmas Eve for this one-off, Festive Fifty Build-Up show. They’ll be introducing some of their picks of 2013 that didn’t quite make it into this year’s legendary listeners’ poll, while warming up for the first play of 2013’s results starting at midnight.

So if you missed it tune in!

The schedule for the Festive Fifty show can be found here.

Punk Special 10/12/1976


Peel’s broadcast on 10 December 1976 is now known as the Punk Special Show. I have replicated it the best I can as versions of all the tracks are on Spotify. However this was The Damned’s first ever session for Peel (recorded 30/11/76) and only one of the actual session tracks is on Spotify. I have taken the others from their début album Damned Damned Damned. However some kind soul has uploaded the full session to YouTube so you can grab a listen there.

More on the show can be found at The John Peel Wiki. And here is the transcript of the show.


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




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.

Play Movement – Peel Sessions 1977 – 1979

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



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 Festive Fifty Entries



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.

Play The Wedding Present Festive Fifty Entries