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Radio 1's Essential Mix @ 20: Pete Tong

Radio 1 celebrates 20 years of the Essential Mix starting with the very first show from 1993, mixed by some guy called Pete Tong.

"I can't believe we've been doing this show for twenty years! We've done over a thousand Essential Mixes in that time and created an unbelievably rich archive of dance music history. The idea behind the Essential Mix first came from me going to New York in the 1980's, discovering the mix show and being blown away by it. Then when I got my own show on Radio 1 in the early 1990's I told my bosses that we had to have a show like this in the UK. The Essential Mix was the perfect way to get DJs like Sasha, Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox onto Radio 1. Putting this first Essential Mix together was quite antiquated compared to the way its put together today. It was literally me standing in a room with two turntables and recording straight onto tape recorders!" Pete Tong, December 2013.

2 hours

Music Played

  • All Boxed In

    (These Things) Happen

    • Stress.
  • Apollo 440

    Astral America

    • Astral America.
    • Stealth Sonic.
    • 2.
  • Lisa B

    You & Me

    • You & Me.
    • FFRR.
    • 2.
  • Björk

    Big Time Sensuality

    • One Little Indian.
  • Bottom $

    Rock Your Body

    • Rock Your Body.
    • Olympic.
    • 1.
  • Dina Carroll

    Here (West End Mix)

    • Here.
    • A&M Records.
  • D-Tek

    Drop The Rock

    • Drop The Rock EP.
    • Positiva.
    • 1.
  • DJ Duke

    Blow Your Whistle

    • Blow Your Whistle.
    • FFRR.
    • 1.
  • Eternal

    Save Our Love (West End D`Rhythm Mix)

    • Save Our Love.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • FKW

    Seize The Day

    • Sieze The Day.
    • PWL.
    • 1.
  • The Good Strawberries


  • Mindwarp

    One (SSL Full Mix)

    • One.
    • Stress Records.
  • René et Gaston


    • Fresh Fruit Records Netherlands.
  • The Sabres of Paradise

    Smokebelch II (David Holmes Mix)

    • Smokebelch II (The Remix).
    • Sabres of Paradise.
  • The Sandals

    Where You Want To Love

    • Open Toe.
  • Victor Simonelli

    Do You Feel Me

    • Do You Feel Me.
    • Fruittree.
    • 1.
  • Soul Solution

    Love, Peace & Happiness

    • FFRR.
  • Sultana

    Te Amo (Caliente Mix)

    • Te Amo.
    • Volumex.
  • Swordfish

    Missing Factor

    • Violation.
  • Kim Wilde

    In My Life (West End 12" Remix)

    • In My Life.
    • MCA.
    • 2.


  • Christmas Day 2013 00:00