Argentina 1978 hangover. 1979. Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first female Prime Minister. Sid Vicious dies. Was I aware of this? Did I listen to all this stuff? No. No. No. I was eleven, turning twelve. Making the leap from Primary to Secondary School.

PB once claimed that enthusiastic record collectors eventually end up investigating the period just
apocalypse now
releases 1 prior to the year in which they bought their first record.

1979. The emergence of two-tone, the 'new Merseybeat', Blondie, The Monochrome Set, Crass, The Fall, Bela Lugosi's Dead, Unknown Pleasures,The Raincoats, Essential Logic, Devo, metal box, The Wall, making plans for nigel, cars,
The Au Pairs, nuclear device, smash it up, killing joke, Scritti Politti, The Beat, Dexy's Midnight Runners, do the dog, London Calling, Siouxsie & The Banshees, one step beyond, Cabaret Voltaire, Rust Never Sleeps, dragnet, we are all prostitutes, transmission, walking on the moon, The Slits, The Skids, Pere Ubu, too much pressure, entertainment!, reproduction, death disco, releases 2

John Peel Festive Fifty, 1979

B-52s, mittageisen, The Heartbreakers, Patti Smith dancing barefoot, the raven, nag nag nag, the banana splits on yellow vinyl, life in tokyo, Pink Military Stand Alone, Jimmy Jimmy, The Soft Boys, Kleenex, do it yourself, too much too young, babylon's burning, lonesome town, chelsea girls, rock'n'roll high school, cool for cats, ligotage, secondhand daylight, the light album,
Quadrophenia, joe's garage act 1, manifesto, the life of brian, in through the out door, slow train coming, off the wall, lodger, the light album, voulez vous. Scotland played nine games and managed to win two. A young Maradona ran riot at Hampden Park in June. Jello Biafra runs for mayor in San Francisco. Airey Neave assassinated. Scots' devolution vote fails to reach 40%.

20Members offshore banking
19Bob Marley one drop
18Adam & The Ants ligotage*
17Patti Smith frederick
16Essential Logic beat rhythm news
15B52's rock lobster
14Monochrome Set eine symphonie
13XTC making plans for Nigel
12Bauhaus bela legosi's dead
11The Damned smash it up
10Bunnymen villier's terrace*
9The Beat tears of a clown
8Blondie dreaming
7The Jam strange town
6Banshees playground twist
5Talking Heads heaven
4Frank Zappa token of my extreme
3Scritti Politti confidence
2Specials too much too young*
1Joy Division love will tear us apart*

* Peel Session tracks