John Peel in 1976
OK, slightly rubbish heading but I’m running out of funny original titles.
Anyway, it’s been a few days since I did a post resting on John Peel’s Festive Fifties, so here we go:
In recent years, it is increasingly being considered that John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten)’s post Sex Pistols band, Public Image Ltd (PiL) may, in fact, have been far more groundbreaking than the Sex Pistols. No kidding.
Public Image Ltd.- ‘Public Image.’ mp3 (1978 Festive Fifty no.9, 1979 Festive Fifty no.9, 1980 Festive Fifty no.11, 1981 Festive Fifty no.26, 1982 All-time Festive Fifty no.20)
Famously, John Peel’s favourite ever song was this, the opening lines of which are now on his gravestone:
Undertones -‘Teenage Kicks.’ mp3 (1978 Festive Fifty no.10, 1979 Festive Fifty no.2, 1980 Festive Fifty no.7, 1981 Festive Fifty no.6, 1982 Alltime Festive fifty no.8, Millennium no.2)
There seems to be a bit of a link between teaching and rock’n’roll, despite the fact that the two might seem to be diametrically opposed. Step forward, in this case, Gordon MacIntyre and Katie Griffiths from Ballboy.
Ballboy -‘All The Records On the Radio Are Shite.’ mp3 (2002 Festive Fifty no.10)
There have been a number of cover versions making the Festive Fifty over the years, including this one (a fair bit of ‘goth’ made it onto the FF over the years):
Bauhaus -‘Ziggy Stardust.’ mp3 (1982 Festive Fifty no.14)
…and despite the accusations, it wasn’t all white boys with guitars in the Festive fifty over the years either
Broadcast -‘Echoes Answer.’ mp3 (1999 Festive Fifty no.36)
Though some of those white boys with guitars did make some excellent records, though:
Pavement -‘Range Life.’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.14)
‘At least once a week I drive a nail through my foot for not seeing them while I had the chance’ said Peel of Big Black. Maybe I’m just afraid of pain. Main man Steve Albini went on to produce Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Low and the Wedding Present.
Big Black -‘Colombian Necktie.’ mp3 (1987 Festive Fifty no.18)
Finally, many thanks to Steve at Teenage Kicks for posting these, without whom I wouldn’t be able to post these here:
Sabres Of Paradise -‘Wilmot.’ mp3 (1994 Festive Fifty no.
Ministry -‘Jesus Built My Hot Rod.’ mp3 (1992 Festive Fifty no.3)
Very Things -‘The Bushes Scream While My Daddy Prunes.’ mp3 (1984 Festive fifty no.27)
Will be more music here over the weekend. Keep it tuned, so to speak. X