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2008 Festive Fifty Vote

Turn on, Tune in and Vote!

Turn on, Tune in and Vote!

The 2008 Festive Fifty – Vote Now!
John Peel’s famous end-of-year poll continues again on Dandelion Radio

Play your part in making musical history, by taking part in this year’s Festive Fifty! Each entry gets a chance to win CDs and copies of Mark Whitby’s book ‘The Festive Fifty’, with one winner also receving a signed copy of Ken Garner’s book ‘The Peel Sessions: A Story of Teenage Dreams and One Man’s Love of New Music’.

Vote for your three favourite tracks from the past year, in order of preference. In theory they could be anything, but tracks played on Dandelion Radio (including session tracks and live recordings) or on BBC Radio 1’s special interest shows are what you should have in mind. Visit our tracklists pages to see what DJs have played this year.

Voting ends at 23:59 on 30th November. A show featuring all the results and competition winners broadcasts from Christmas Day until the end of January.

Dandelion Radio Festive Fifty 2008

Did anyone get a clean recording of last year’s show? I have most of it but noticed too late to re-download, that part of the recording was fucked. Hope I’m not blinding anyone with science there. Otherwise I would have shared it. I forget which part exactly although It might have been Andrew Morrison’s section. It’s not too late to patch it together though if there are any willing contributors.
– gary

Should have added this the other day actual.
The Superfine Dandelion – Crazy Town (Move On Little Children) From 196? – anyone?

Peace children. Love and peace.


25 Years of the Festive Fifty

More from our Ken. Over to you Sir…

This weekend’s downpod from me, this time with no dolby on the original, so it’s a bit hissy, but I couldn’t seem to get rid of it without losing the presence. Also, as those who heard it will recall, the whole show was recorded on the floor of MV3, so the ambience during the Pop Quiz sections is quite echo-ey anyway. Name drop alert: I emailed David Gedge and Darren Heyman during the week to tell them I had this and would they like a copy, and they both said, `yes please!”, so you’d better race them to get it: my megadownload storage limit is getting full up pretty fast, so this won’t be up there for very long. Get it today. Big files, so download will take a while, but I hope you think it’s worth it in the end. k

↓ John Peel 19th December 2000

Peel 2000-12-19 Part 1 (142.9 MB, 1 02′ 27″)
Peel 2000-12-19 Part 2 (137.9 MB, 1 00′ 14″)

Thank you Ken (“;)


Uploaded and Updated

The following posts have been updated with new links:

• Kitchens of Distinction and Babes In Toyland 12th September 1992
• New Order and Vice Squad 1st June 1982
• New Order and The Rezillos 16th February 1981
John Peel Files 1981, 1982 & 1992

• Small Factory and The Orb 14th August 1992
1992.08.14 Small Factory & The Orb John Peel Files

• PiL & UB40 January 2nd 1980 [Did you get part 2 online Ashley?]
• Pavement and Sultans of Ping FC 10th July 1992
• Festive Fifty 1999 (awaiting re-up)
John Peel Files (1980,1992,1999)

A huge thank you to all the original cappers and uploaders at the Peel Newsgroup couldn’t do it without them!

Thanks to Jon for making me smile regarding his updated comments regarding this site. Cheeky bugger LOL :)

| The Peel Tapes
| Peel Newsgroup


Download The 2006 Festive Fifty

The Festive Fifty 2006:
Sorry about the lack of updates but here’s a rip of the 2006 Festive Fifty as broadcast on Dandelion Radio. It was requested a while ago on the newsgroup – by Mr. YankSizzler I think, anyway it’s now seeding on demonoid and I’ll eventually get round to adding it to some others too.

Now available in new handy size public tracker version: mininova Hmmm, tastes good.

Peace & out
domestic empire


Peel Web Roundup (Week 5)

Following the uncontained joy of being listed in The Guardian (no really) I thought it prudent to kick myself into gear and post. There’s a fair degree on offer out there so without further ado……ado, ado. Huh, I lied.

Jon at The Peel Tapes: right place, right time, wrong speed:
3rd March 1998 part 1 (Session by The Fall)
3rd March 1998 part 2 (Session by The Fall)
24th December 1979 part 1 (Sessions by Steel Pulse, Cure, Damned, Secret Affair etc)
24th December 1979 part 2 (Sessions by Steel Pulse, Cure, Damned, Secret Affair etc)
2nd January 1980 part 1 (Sessions by UB40 & Public Image Ltd)
2nd January 1980 part 2 (Sessions by UB40 & Public Image Ltd)
30th August 1979 part 1 (JP’s 40th birthday)
30th August 1979 part 2 (JP’s 40th birthday)
30th August 1979 part 3 (JP’s 40th birthday)
30th August 1979 part 4 (JP’s 40th birthday)

| These can all be found here

The Furtive Fifty:
| Festive Fifty from 2000 nos. 20-1 from DAT
| Xmas Special 2000
| Festive 50 2002 (Sans Peel – music only!)

The Perfumed Garden:
| Gregory Isaacs – 6th December 1982
| Public Image Ltd – 17th December 1979
| The Flatmates – 24th September 1986 (Re-Post)
| Dinosaur Jr – 14th November 1988
| The Would Be’s – 19th March 1990 (Re-Post)
| Cocteau Twins – 15th July 1982
| Kevin Coyne – 24th January 1974
| The Mod-ettes – 4th February 1980 (Re-Post)

The Runout Groove:
| Peel Session: Twist (1999)
| Peel Session: Mono (2004)
| Peel Session: Will Oldham (2002)

Dandelion Radio:
Dandelion Radio are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Shifty Disco with a retrospective look at the label’s colourful history, a trawl through their diverse and prolific back catalogue, and an interview with label boss Dave Newton. There’s a chance to win a load of shiny new Shifty Disco releases and celebrations are rounded off with live sets from Shifty bands, The Race, Seagull Strange, My Device and Paperlung. The show starts on Jan 27th & repeats through February. We also have an exclusive four track session from Autons.

| Dandelion Radio website.

John Peel Day Flickr Site:

Thanks to Roo Reynolds’ posting, I’ve re-discovered the John Peel Day photo blog.

| Flickr photo pool

The Roaring Machine:
Elizabeth has posted Peel session track “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” by the Wedding Present.

| A wedge of Gedge

Pimpernel Jones:
Pompey DJ and rising star Pimpernel Jones plays the Wedgewood Rooms on Saturday 10th February with Radio One/Talkin’ Loud’s Gilles Peterson. So far I’ve only heard the chilled out mixes that Chris has been kind enough to point me to but judging from that and the favourable comments he’s been receiving lately, it should be a good night. Definately a name to watch!

| Tickets
| Pimpernel Jones @ MySpace
| Pimpernel Jones @ Slash Music
| Taster Two compilation on the Cookshop Label.

There are bound to be things I’ve forgotten or simply missed so contact me if you want a mention.


Festive 50 2006 on Dandelion Radio

Festive Fifty 2006: At a computer near you now!
There are a good many programmes worth listening to at Dandelion of course but for convenience sake I’ve highlighted that “All important”, as John would say, Festive Fifty countdown.

Exclusive, exclusive…
Where’s that family Ravenscroft jingle when you need it? Dandelion is the new home for the Festive Fifty and as such you won’t hear it anywhere else, so get tuning :->. Further details on how to listen, scheduling, playlists and a whole lot more can be found here:
Dandelion Radio @ MySpace


The ‘Dandy 50’ Awaits Us

The news from Dandelion Radio is that all the votes for the Festive 50 poll of 2006 are now in!

“So now, all you have to do is wait till midight on New Years Eve and listen to the outcome. The entire Festive 50 will be streamed during the whole of January. Unfortunately due to the licensing restrictions, we cannot publish the actual tracklistings until the cessation of the Festive 50 broadcast. These will therefore be published on the 1st February 2007. Happy listening.”


John Peel’s Festive Fifty 1990

Probably the final post of the year and I’ll keep it short because I’m a miserable cunt and if I had my way I’d be off somewhere they don’t indulge in this intolerably churlish festive facade. Don’t get me started.

Couple of downloads for you then. We’ll kick off with a message from Uphallman.

Turn That Racket Down
I’ve upped ‘Turn That Racket Down’ on to a couple of torrent sites I use cos 1 is a members site and they are generally very good at seeding. The response has been amazing. I put it on at the weekend and it’s been downloaded 75 times in those few days. There are 11 seeders (plus me and I’ll leave it on inevitably) and six people are downloading at the mo. Found that no matter what happens with the length of time it takes to download on the Digitaldistractions site, once they’ve downloaded it they just bugger off!

Turn That Racket Down – P2P: BitTorrent
Demonoid (members site) 687.49 MB (720,886,168 bytes)
Torrentportal 687.49 MB (720,886,168 bytes)

Yes I agree, Demonoid is pretty good. Thanks for your contribution Uphallman.

John Peel’s Festive Fifty 1990
We miss Peelie every single day of the year right – we’re all agreed on that? But there was always something special about the Festive Fifty. John always took great pride in putting the thing together. He would always confide how nervous he was of making a mistake – as if we ever minded. We loved him for it. It’s what made him ‘one of us’ a ‘regular guy’. How many tracks would the Fall/Wedding Present/HMHB, etc have in the chart this year? Would the tracks I voted for make an appearance – yes but always pretty low down! Would John have sniffed out another feeble attempt at vote rigging? Would it all fit comfortably on our newly unwrapped C90’s. I can’t have been the only one shining a torch inside the rapid unwinding cassette praying that I don’t see the leader tape for just a minute or two longer, followed inevitably by the ceremonial panic that was the manic tape flip. Happy days :-)

So here, from 1990, is the Festive Fifty as broadcast on BBC Radio 1. This is partly filling a request from Chris and maybe it’s one Eddie wanted too, I forget off hand (and we WILL sort out those dvd’s I promise – 2007 good for you?).

Further notes and full track listings are contained in the file which may be aquired with one of the following options. Make sure you share around the file freely and have a toast to John and the Ravenscroft family. Oh, and a merry fucking Christmas from me. Foul mouthed bastard.

Domestic Empire

Festive Fifty 1990 – P2P: BitTorrent
294 MB (308,875,374 bytes)

Festive Fifty 1990 – HTTP: Rapidshare
Part 1 76.2 MB (80,000,000 bytes)
Part 2 76.2 MB (80,000,000 bytes)
Part 3 76.2 MB (80,000,000 bytes)
Part 4 67.2 MB (70,558,763 bytes)

The rapidshare Peel folder – as listed in the top left corner – contains all these files and more.


The Festive Fifty 2006 – VOTE NOW!

The Dandy Fifty?
Dandelion Radio to be new home of the Festive Fifty.

Here’s what the guys from Dandelion Radio have to say. “Radio 1 has decided, for a variety of good reasons, to not run a Festive Fifty for 2006. However, Dandelion Radio is proud to announce that John Peel’s old programme team has asked us if we would take up the baton of hosting this annual yuletide music fest The Festive Fifty.”

The setup is the same as usual, meaning you vote for your three favourite tracks from 2006. “In theory they could be anything, but tracks that you have heard on Dandelion Radio or on BBC Radio 1 OneMusic shows are what we expect will be at the front of your mind”, they explain. “We will be closing the voting before Christmas and then putting the show together to play in January (or maybe even sooner if we can find all of the tracks quickly).”

Well, I hope everyone supports Dandelion Radio with this, so pass on the message, tune in, and get voting in the 2006 Festive Fifty, (Or the Dandy Fifty as I’ve amusingly taken to name it!), by using the form located here:

Vote now for the The Festive Fifty 2006.

And as soon as I’m informed of the actual broadcast date we can all huddle around a roaring internet with festive cheer and countdown together!


The Festive 50 Quiz from 2000

While I’m sorting out another week of peel to go up here’s something to be going on with. Amid the recent talk of The Festive Fifty, here’s the quiz that went out in December 2000 when head boy and girly swot David Gedge set himself up as quizmaster. Does anyone have any photos from this occasion at all? Please note that this recording was not sourced by me and as such it is merely edited ‘highlights’ – the music fades down beween rounds. Why do people do this? It’s the same principle as editing all the speech out of a Peel programme. I know we all have compilation tapes which contain mostly music but most of us eventually realised that the complete unexpurgated programme was what we should have been recording all those years and duly made amens.

Interestingly edit is almost an anagram of idiot!

Give the punters what they want: The Peel, the whole Peel and nothing but the Peel. I know people are trying to be helpful or creative but you wouldn’t expect someone to lend you a book with a dozen pages ripped out saying, ‘It’s better like that mate!’

The file is 22.3MB and can be downloaded from the usual place.

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