Having delivered one chart already in the year (see previous post), albeit piecemeal, the Peel Show’s 1993 Festive Fifty was dominated by one band: the Fall. With ten entries (but none in the top ten), this was their best showing ever (in fact, the only band who went one better was the Smiths with 11 in 1987): and yes, this is the chart where John calls a listener’s friend a ‘dickhead’ for not liking them.
The remainder shows a familiar trend: one dance track (by Trans Global Underground, which came from a session), JP’s latest obsessions in the form of P. J. Harvey and the renascent Pulp, and there were three entries from the debut by the wonderful Tindersticks. And the number one was the second entry by Chumbawumba and Credit To The Nation, Enough Is Enough. Nevertheless, a highly listenable chart, of which we only have the edited highlights…Blue Koyote, if you have the whole shows (including session repeats), beat a path to my door, please.
The year started with the tail end of the revolutions that had begun in 1989, as Czechoslovakia separated into two states in the so-called ‘Velvet Divorce’. Bill Clinton became the 42nd President of the USA, and Brian Mulroney resigned as Prime Minister of Canada, allowing Kim Campbell to become the first female in that job. North Korea started a trend that continues to this day by withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and refusing to allow inspectors access to their sites. The World Trade Center bombing in NYC killed 6 people and injured 1,000, and the Bombay bombings in India killed 300. The blizzard of 1993 killed 184 people in the eastern USA, bringing record snowfalls from Quebec to Cuba. In November, the Maastricht Treaty formally established the European Union, and iD released Doom, an advanced graphics computer game that still spwans sequels sporadically.
Thames television bit the dust after 24 years, being replaced by Carlton, and an IRA bomb scare at BBC Television Centre forced the cancellation of Noel’s House Party, with a Christmas repeat and a Tom And Jerry cartoon being shown in its stead. And Fox debuted The X-Files.