Well, it has been a little while, so why not one of my Peel posts?
By the way, before I get stuck into this, can people please go and vote over at Teenage Kicks so Steve can work out everyone’s favourite Peel sessions. My list is likely to include The Cure, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Fall, Half Man Half Biscuit and the Breeders. Possibly…
First up, I know very little about this song, but its’ title sums it up quite well, I think:
Robert Lloyd and the New Four Seasons -’Something Nice.’ mp3 (1988 Festive Fifty no.21)
Madness fell flat on their face trying to cover ‘The ”Sweetest Girl” ‘; they didn’t try this to the best of my knowledge:
Scritti Politti -’Asylums In Jerusalem.’ mp3 (1982 Festive Fifty no.18)
From the same year, 1982, Aztec Camera’s only other Festive Fifty entry:
Aztec Camera -’Pillar To Post.’ mp3 ((1982 Festive Fifty no.24)
Peel often felt frustrated that the Festive Fifty didn’t include stuff he’d been championing; I hope this pleased him, a rare Hip-Hop entry:
De La Soul -’Eye Know.’ mp3 (1989 Festive Fifty no.34)
This was a classic case of a band that Peel had supported some time before finally breaking through, both to the ‘proper’ top 40 and the Festive Fifty:
The Farm -’Groovy Train.’ mp3 (1990 Festive Fifty no.47)
These four tracks from the Wedding Present’s Watusi album, still unavailable in the UK it appears, all made the Festive Fifty in 1994.
Wedding Present -’Spangle.’ mp3(1994 Festive Fifty no.39)
Wedding Present -’So Long, Baby.’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.37)
Wedding Present -’Click Click.’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.30)
Wedding Present -’Swimming Pools Movie Stars.’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.15)
Finally, it wouldn’t be the Festive Fifty without an entry from The Fall. I spent ages trying to work out why I couldn’t track this down, then realised that the actual version was in with my LPs and that the CD version seemed to call it Bremen Nacht Alternative. Thank god for the USB turntable.
The Fall -’Bremen Nacht.’ mp3 (1988 Festive Fifty no.16)
Now…can anyone help me complete the following tracks, please?
Serious Drinking -’Love On The Terraces.’ (1982 Festive Fifty no.38) [Gratefully received thank you!]
Redskins -’Lean On Me.’ (1983 Festive Fifty no.30) [Gratefull received, thank you!]
Tools You Can Trust -’Waking and Shopping.’ (1983 Festive Fifty no.34) [Gratefully received thank you!]
S.P.K. -’Metal Dance.’ (1983 Festive Fifty no.39) [Gratefully received thank you!]
Overlord X -’14 Days In May.’ (1988 Festive Fifty no.28) [Gratefully received, thank you!]
Loop -’Collision.’ (1988 Festive Fifty no. 41) [Gratefully received, thank you!]
Inspiral Carpets -’So This Is How It Feels (Peel session version).’ mp3 (1989 Festive Fifty no.35)
Inspiral Carpets -”She Comes In The Fall (Peel session version).’ mp3 (1989 Festive Fifty no.50)
Thanks if anyone can help!