More Festive Fifty delights from the vinyl

As I said, some more vinyl goodness, from John Peel’s Festive Fifty.

In 1984, New Order released their seventh single ‘Thieves Like Us.’ There were two 12″ singles for this, one backed with ‘Murder’ and the other with ‘Lonesome Tonight.’ Both singles had very cool, Dali-esque sleeves. ‘Lonesome Tonight’ reached no. 12 in that year’s Festive Fifty, while ‘Murder’ (which was the b-side of the ‘Instrumental’ version of ‘Thieves Like Us’) reached no.20. ‘Thieves Like Us’ reached no.7 in the Festive Fifty.

New Order -‘Lonesome Tonight.’ mp3

New Order -‘Murder.’ mp3

Now, while on the subject, there are various ‘wants’ that I have:

Firstly, if anyone has an mp3 of ‘Brutal’ by New Order that they could send me that would be great (not available on iTunes)
As well as:

Berntholer -‘My Suitor’
Unknown Cases -‘Masimbabele’
Hard Corps – ‘Dirty’
Working Week – ‘Venceramos’
Flesh For Lulu -‘Subterraneans.’

Thanks in advance…

400th post -STILL keeping it Peel

(John Peel in 2004. If it’s good enough for him…)

Well, seemingly just a couple of months after I did my 300th post, here is the 400th. There will be many more to come in the following few days, my interiew with Foxface, my review of Sons and Daughters/Black Kids/Broken Records’ gig…but to celebrate, some more music that made John Peel’s Festive Fifty:

First up, given that this blog has done its’ best to champion scots indie, one of Edinburgh’s top acts:

Ballboy -‘I gave up my eyes to a man who couldn’t see.’ mp3

This was actually only a b-side originally, to ‘True Faith’ but was later remixed and a hit in its own right in early 1995.

New Order -‘1963.’ mp3

I haven’t featured the Smiths so far on these Festive Fifty posts, not because I don’t love them – I do very much, but couldn’t decide what. Anyway, in the end it’s this one, very appropriate for the 400th post:

Smiths -‘I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish.’ mp3 (1987 Festive Fifty no.40)

This band weren’t on the c86 compilation, nor were they scottish, but it’s easy to understand how people might think they were both of these things. How this only reached no 50 is a mystery, but hey…

Talulah Gosh -‘Talulah Gosh.’ mp3
(1987 Festive Fifty no.50)

Pete Astor, who also recorded as The Wisdom Of Harry, and the Loft, is one of the greats of underground English indie:

Weather Prophets -‘Almost Prayed.’ mp3 (1986 Festive Fifty no.13)

These two tracks were ones I had never heard of before I did research into the Festive Fifty…but I’m glad I did:

Membranes -‘Spike Milligan’s Tape Recorder.’ mp3 (1984 Festive Fifty no.6)

Frank Chickens -‘Blue Canary.’ mp3 (1984 Festive Forty no.42)

…and another goodie from 1984. A bad year politically in so many ways, but a great year for music:

Propaganda -‘Dr. Mabuse.’ mp3 (1984 Festive Fifty no.31)

Welsh act melys topped the Festive Fifty in 2001 with ‘Chinese Whispers’ but they had some other entries including this excellent track the same year:

Melys -‘I Don’t Believe In You.’ mp3 (2001 Festive Fifty no.35)

And another welsh act to finish:

Helen Love -‘Girl About Town.’ mp3 (1996 Festive Fifty no.10)

Thanks to all my readers for support and comments, here’s to the next…?

Peel Festive Fifty Favourites

Apologies for the lack of posts over the last few days, there have been other, non-blog related matters to attend to.

Anyway, here are ten more tracks from John Peel’s Festive Fifty. As my bandwith has been exceeded on two Fileden accounts (glad people are enjoying sampling the music which I hope they will buy, but it would be nice if a few more of you left comments) these are via Mediafire.

Eggs -‘Government Administrator.’ mp3 (1993 Festive Fifty no.10)

New Order -‘Fine Time.’ mp3 (1988 Festive Fifty no.44)

The Flatmates -‘I Could Be In Heaven.’ mp3 (1986 Festive Fifty no.42)

Cocteau Twins -‘Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops.’ mp3 (1984 Festive Fifty no.2)

McCarthy -‘Should the Bible Be Banned?’ mp3 (1988 Festive Fifty no.38)

Sleeper -‘Delicious.’ mp3 (1994 Festive fifty no.20)

Camera Obscura -‘Eighties Fan.’ mp3 (2001 Festive Fifty no.8)

Pastels -‘Truck Train Tractor.’ mp3 (1986 Festive fifty no.23)

Billy Bragg -‘Levi Stubbs’ Tears.’ mp3 (1986 Festive Fifty no.24)

Wedding Present -‘Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft.’ mp3 (1987 Festive Fifty no.3)

Whilst here, I should mention that Teenage Kicks, a John Peel-related blog that is so essential I check it every day has done a couple of excellent posts (as usual but even more essential) relating to the Men That Couldn’t Hang and also folk music from 1977. Yes, 1977 the year of punk. Go check them out here.

New Order -Fine Time

Just a brief post on this one, but having spent a lot of time trying to get my head around the finer points of editing on the USB turntable programme, I present for your pleasure two great mixes of New Order’s ‘Fine Time’, from their masterpiece album, 1989’s Technique, which the Vinyl Villain posted on a couple of months ago. Oh, and just in case you haven’t heard it-and shame on you! the original. Acid House? House? Indie dance??

New Order-‘Fine Time.’ mp3

New Order-‘Fine Time (Silk Mix).’ mp3

New Order-‘Fine Time (Messed Around Mix).’ mp3

As always…if you like what you hear, GO AND BUY IT! Links up for one week.