Five festive Fifty Favourites for a monday

A few more Peel related tracks that

Period Pains -‘Spice girls (Who Do You Think You Are?)’ mp3 (Session version -if there is a non-session version please let me know!) (1997 Festive Fifty no.4)

Sportique -‘The Kids Are Solid Gold.’ mp3 (1998 Festive FIfty no.45)

Sodastream -‘Turnstyle.’ mp3 (1998 Festive Fifty no.46)

My long battles to find these were due to the fact I didn’t know these two Mark E. Smith collaborations were in fact available on a Fall compilation.

Long Fin Killie featuring Mark E Smith – ‘The Heads Of Dead Surfers.’ mp3 (1995 Festive Fifty no.10)

Dose -‘Plug Myself In.’ mp3 (1995 Festive Fifty no.44)

It IS cricket

No, not one of ZZ Top, but the legendary W.G. Grace, one of Britain’s most legendary cricketers.

Me and Mrs. 17 Seconds were away this weekend at the wedding of brother 17 seconds, a huge cricket fan. Yours truly was best man, and the speech seemed to go down well (apart from the fact it transpires Mother Seconds didn’t know about brother nearly getting extradited from the US for drunk and disorderly behaviour on a plane at the age of 17 until I mentioned it in my speech. Ah well, it had been his suggestion I put it in!)

Our kid’s a huge cricket fan, so this one’s for you, kid:

Roy Harper -‘When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease.’ mp3 (1976 Festive Fifty no.47)

It’s all going mad at 17 Seconds towers

…not in a bad way, just way too much to do, even to think about and try and write long posts. Bear with me…

School holidays start very soon; in the meantime, enjoy some Hendrix from the Peel Festive Fifties.

Jimi Hendrix -‘All Along The Watchtower.’ mp3 (1976 Festive Fifty no.5)

Jimi Hendrix -‘Hey Joe.’ mp3 (1976 Festive Fifty no.37)

Jimi Hendrix -‘Voodoo Chile.’ mp3 (1976 Festive Fifty no.16)

You rule. All Of You.

Thank you for all those of you who have sent me Peel tunes that I had requested. I have just come back from seeing Lou Reed performing Berlin, which was fantastic, and I’m overwhelmed by just how much music is in my inbox. Not to mention all the new artists getting touch.

Please be patient, I’ll get there and listen to it, post it and write about it a.s.a.p.

Lots of great stuff below…


Salt Tank -I’ve Finally found It

I have spent ages looking for this track to complete the 1994 Peel playlist, and I have courtesy of David. Thank you kind Sir! Worth the wait.

Salt Tank – ‘Charged Up.’ (1994 Festive Fifty no.36)

…now can anyone help with these?
Johnny Moped – Incendiary Device
Some Chicken – New Religion
Yobs – Worm Song
Boys – Box Number
X-Mal Deutschland – Incubus Succubus
Redskins – Peasant Army
Luddites – Doppelganger
Tools You Can Trust – Working and Shopping
Period Pains – Spice Girls Who Do You Think You Are
Godspeed You Black Emperor – Hung Over As The Oven At Maida Vale

Cognoscenti Vs. Intelligentsia!

Weird and wonderful, and potentially dismissed as a novelty act, the Cuban Boys had six entries in the Festive Fifty. These are all from their website, though they don’t have their ‘Vinyl Countdown’ on there and nor does iTunes. Anyone who can help should get in touch via the email address…

Cuban Boys -‘Drink Drink Drink.’ mp3 (2001 Festive Fifty no.23)

Cuban Boys – ‘Cognoscenti vs. Intelligentsia.’ mp3 (1999 Festive Fifty no.1)

Cuban Boys -‘Oh My God They Killed Kenny.’ mp3 (1998 Festive FIfty no.6)

Cuban Boys – ‘Theme For Prim And Proper.’ mp3 (2000 Festive Fifty no.34)

Cuban Boys -‘Flossie’s Alarming Clock.’ mp3 (1999 Festive Fifty no.28)

Cuban Boys official website has more music.

BTW, desperately still trying to find the following songs (amongst others). Please email if you have them:

Salt Tank -‘Charged Up.’

Mass -‘Hey Gravity.’

CSLM -‘John Peel Is Not Enough.’

Grandmaster Gareth -‘Dr. Dre buys a pint of Milk.’

XBooty -‘O Superman.’

Three from the 1994 Festive Fifty

My Mission to complete the Festive Fifty continues…

Orbital – ‘Are We Here? (Industry Standard Mix).’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.31)

R.O.C. -‘Girl With A Crooked Eye.’ mp3 (1994 Festive fifty no.46)

That Dog -‘One Summer Night.’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.26)

Thanks for help with completing these is due to Max for That Dog and R.O.C. and Tom for Orbital. Bless you, guys.

Meanwhile – if you enjoy the eclecticism of the Festive Fifties, check out Teenage Kicks. Deepest sympathies to Steve, whose computer is down and he can’t post stuff at the moment.

Hope you’re having a good weekend wherever you are…

Those easily offended should not read this post!

The band above is a Canadian punk band called Fucked Up. Given that I have posted a lot of Shop Assistants’ stuff of late over here (and a little bit more to come as well), Tom at Indie mp3 sent this over. See what you think…and thank you Tom.

Fucked Up (Manno Vocal) -‘I Don’t Wanna Be Friends With You.’ mp3

Fucked Up (Manno Vocal) -‘Looking Back.’ mp3

Fucked Up (Pinkeye Vocal) -‘I Don’t Wanna Be Friends With You.’ mp3

Fucked Up (Pinkeye vocal) -‘Looking Back.’ mp3


An article in the latest issue of The Wire bought me to the attention of the young man above. East London Grime artist? South London Dubstep producer? No Rustie hails from Glasgow, and the music that he makes, which wears its electro and hip-hop influences on the sleeve proudly should be heard. This genre? Russell Whyte, as he’s known to his Mum, calls it aquacrunkstep. The Wire point out that this is an ‘amusing yet oddly accurate term for the undulating synths and riplling percussion that leaves trails of echo as they swim around the speakers in chasing patterns.’ Actually, maybe it owes a small, wee debt to Aphex Twin’s Windowlicker which mixed hip hop and electronic dance music to devastating effect nearly a decade ago, but this still should be heard on its own terms.

‘Mic Of The Year’ as posted on the Wire website is from his Cafe De Fresh EP (will have to try and get my grubby little mits on it).

For those of you who have enjoyed the grime and dubstep stuff and enjoy independent music made in scotland, check this out.

Rustie -‘Mic Of The Year.’ mp3

These two tracks come from the Beatnicks volumes one and two compilations and are instrumentals.

Rustie -‘Soapy Tits.’ mp3

Rustie -‘Dog Mask.’ mp3

Stuff Records

A veritable Peel-related Pot Pourri!

Tonight’s selection is a variety of Peel-related music:

First up, this was not a Festive Fifty entry, but it was a request earlier in the week, so cheers to Tom at Indie mp3 for this:

Shop Assistants -Ace Of Spades (Peel Session).’ mp3

Another band that seem impossible to track down, so cheers for these…

Mighty Mighty -‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ mp3 (1986 Festive Fifty no.44)

Public Enemy -‘You’re Gonna Get Yours (Terminator X Getaway version).’ mp3 (1987 Festive Fifty no.38)

The Fall -‘Lucifer Over Lancashire.’ mp3 (1986 Festive Fifty no.37) (apparently the ‘Theology mix’ is a joke. I knew that.)

Some lost Smiths classics, including one of my favourite tracks of theirs ever, Sheila Take a Bow:

Smiths -‘Sweet And Tender Hooligan.’ mp3 (1987 Festive Fifty no.23)

Smiths -‘Sheila Take a Bow.’ mp3 (1987 Festive Fifty no.34)

Jesus and Mary Chain did pretty well in the Festive Fifty between 1984 and 1988, though they cropped up again in the nineties, too:

Jesus and Mary Chain -‘Kill Surf City.’ mp3 (1987 Festive Fifty no.39)

Jesus and Mary Chain -‘Nine Million Rainy Days.’ mp3 (1987 Festive Fifty no.41)

Madder Rose did well in ’93 and managed a brace of entries in 1994 too:

Madder Rose -‘Car Song.’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.19)

Madder Rose -‘Panic On.’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.35)

Thanks to everyone who has helped me locate tracks. You rock.

You know what I’m going to ask now, don’t you?

*weary groans*

That’s right! I’m on the scrounge for stuff I still cannot find…

From 1994:

That Dog -‘One summer Night.’

Orbital -‘Are We Here.’

Salt Tank -‘Charged Up.’

R.O.C. -‘Girl with A Crooked Eye.’