It was supposed to be Fraserhead’s turn to be the one out of town this week but a combination of overrunning work projects, North Island tropical downpours and Air New Zealand engineering problems prevented The Herb Whisperer from managing to do even one hour of the show today.
The plan had been to spread some Christmas cheer by rebroadcasting John Peel’s Festive Fifty from 1990 in some sort of Joint / Vintage Cuts hybrid model. However to fit it all into our 3 hour show, Peel voice breaks and all, would have meant chopping it down to the top 35 songs. Instead we are able to post almost the entire show here instead.
We say almost, because Festive Fifties from this long ago only survive because they were recorded on cassettes. Inevitably the quality is variable and at points the tape would run out so, if you weren’t on hand to quickly flip over the cassette or replace it with a fresh one, parts of the broadcast would be lost (i.e. #’s 41 – 39 in this case)