Thursday, 20 April 2017

John Peel Mixtapes #2: Peel 79-05

Another Peel mixtape this time from May 1979 when a lot of interesting new stuff was coming out. I've stretched it to a C90 this time and waived the one track per artist rule (Tubeway Army, Undertones) and there ar no sessions. As always, I'm limited to what is documented on the Peel Wiki and what's available on Spotty-fy. Anyway, enjoy!


  1. The Undertones - Jimmy Jimmy
  2. XTC - Life Begins at the Hop
  3. David Bowie - Boys Keep Swinging
  4. Minny Pops - Footsteps
  5. L.K. Johnson - It Noh Funny
  6. The Tourists - Blind Among the Flowers
  7. Tubeway Army - Replicas
  8. Tubeway Army - It Must Have Been Years
  9. Elvis Costello - Accidents Will Happen
  10. The Human League - The Dignity of Labour pt. 3
  11. Lene Lovich - Say When
  12. The Specials - Gangsters
  13. Fischer-Z - Acrobats


  1. Stiff Little Fingers - Gotta Gettaway
  2. The Pop Group - Blood Money
  3. The Undertones - I Gotta Getta
  4. Gang of Four - At Home He's a Tourist
  5. Skids - Masquerade
  6. The Damned - Love Song
  7. Magazine - Feed the Enemy
  8. Iggy Pop - Don't Look Down
  9. Devo - The Day My Baby Gave Me a Big Surprise
  10. Steel Pulse - Babylon Makes the Rules
  11. Shoes For Industry - Can't Help It/Falling in Love Again
  12. The Adverts - My Place
  13. Dalek I - Freedom Fighters
  14. Capital Letters - Run Run Run

Further reading: 

  • Smash Hits, May 3 1979 (Billy Idol cover) incl. Bitz: 'Idol Chat', Granny Pursey, Bowie in punch-up, Return of The Damned; Interviews: J-J Burnel; Lyrics: I'm an Upstart, Singles - reviewed by L. Lovich: Jimmy Jimmy, Say When, Boys Keep Swinging, Does Your Mother Know; Albums: Second Hand Daylight, Manifesto, Music for Aiports; Gigz; Back page: Squeeze.

  • Smash Hits, May 17 1979 (David Bowie cover) incl. Lyrics: Say When, Boys Keep Swinging (incl. A pictorial history of David Bowie), Roxanne, Jimmy Jimmy, Love Song Bitz: The Police, Mike Oldfield, Angelic Upstarts; Features: Sex Pistols Past Present and Future (D. Hepworth), Singles: Accidents Will Happen, The Cost of Living EP, Sunday Girl; Albums: Black Rose, Life In A Day, Live at the Witch Trails (Fall); Gigz; Back page: the Police.

  • Smash Hits, May 31 1979 (Debbie Harry cover) incl. Lyrics: Number One in Heaven, Life Begins at the Hop, Shine a Little Love, Capital Radio/I Fought the Law, Sheena is a Punk Rocker, Features: Undertones - Parka Power; bitz: Blondie, Mods, Gary Numan/Tubeway Army, Sparks, Damned, Ian Dury; Centrespread. Bowie; Singles: Getta Gettaway, Masquerade EP, Life Begins at the Hop, Are 'Friends' Electric?, Wake Up + 3; Albums: Voulez-Vous, Mission Accomplished But the Beat Goes On, Lodger; GigzBack page: Lene Lovich.