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3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 03 April 2009

With his mix of music and banter, Alex Lester makes weekday mornings the best time of the day. Including Pause for Thought.

Music Played

30 items
  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac Big Love

    Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits, Warner Bros

  • Image for Sugarland

    Sugarland All I Want To Do

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Santana

    Santana Maria Maria

    (CD Single), Arista

  • Image for The Pretenders

    The Pretenders Back On The Chain Gang

    The Pretenders - The Singles, WEA

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys Love etc.

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Johnny Nash

    Johnny Nash I Can See Clearly Now

    I Believe, Telstar

  • Image for Imelda May

    Imelda May Big Bad Handsome Man

    (CD Single), Universal Music Classics & Jazz, 1

  • Image for Radiohead

    Radiohead No Surprises

    The 1999 Brit Awards (Various Artists, Columbia

  • Image for Jane Wiedlin

    Jane Wiedlin Rush Hour

    Rock Of America (Various Artists), Trax Label

  • Image for Duke Special

    Duke Special Sweet Sweet Kisses

    (CD Single), V2, 1

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello Watching The Detectives

    Elvis Costello & Attractions- The Man, Imp Records

  • Image for KC and The Sunshine Band

    KC and The Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight

    Billboard Top Hits 1975, Rhino

  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams Can't Stop This Thing We Started

    Bryan Adams - The Best Of Me, Mercury

  • Image for Bat for Lashes

    Bat for Lashes Daniel

    (CD Single), Echo, 1

  • Image for The Flying Lizards

    The Flying Lizards Money (That's What I Want)

    Hard 2 Get Hits - Various Artists, Disky

  • Image for Counting Crows

    Counting Crows Mr Jones

    (CD Single), Geffen

  • Image for Ben Taylor

    Ben Taylor She's Gone

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Department S

    Department S Is Vic There?

    Into The Eighties (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Prince

    Prince and The Revolution Raspberry Beret

    Prince - The Very Best Of, Warner Bros

  • Image for Spin Doctors

    Spin Doctors Two Princes

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Ben Montague

    Ben Montague Can't Hold Me Down

    (CD Single)

  • Image for The Impressions

    The Impressions People Get Ready

    Soul Deep: The Story Of Black Popular Music (Various Artists), Universal

  • Image for The Police

    The Police Spirits In The Material World

    The Police - Message In A Box (Cd 3), A&M

  • Image for The Script

    The Script Talk You Down

    (CD Single), Sony Music, 1

  • Image for New Radicals

    New Radicals You Get What You Give

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for The Whispers

    The Whispers It's A Love Thing

    The Greatest 80's Soul W/Ender (Va), Warner Strategic Market

  • Image for Madeleine Peyroux

    Madeleine Peyroux Instead

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Kings of Leon

    Kings of Leon Use Somebody

    (CD Single), RCA, 2

  • Image for Jason Mraz

    Jason Mraz Make It Mine

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for The Kingsmen

    The Kingsmen Louie Louie

    The Sound Of The 60's, Part 7 (Var), Old Gold

  • Lester's Library

    Redtrack : 'Pole Dancer'
    Taken from the 'Pole Dancer' cd single on Northern Blue

    Easy Star All Stars : 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'
    Taken from 'Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band' on Easy Star

    Aaron Neville : 'Ain't No Cure for Love'
    Taken from 'Tower of Song' on Polydor
    Suggested by Richard Knight

  • Alex's Showbusiness Part 1

    Back from a break, and an all-new Monday presented us with a familiar correspondent - HGV ten-time failure Depressed Dennis, wondering if he could forget about the trucking and have a go at sitting in for me on my next break. No.

    All new Monday also saw an all-new band - the made-up uber-cool 'Bathtub' unleashed on the world's hungry music press. Musically talentless 'Whoosh' was soon trying to hop onto the 'cool' bandwagon by getting the job as the band's drummer.

    By Tuesday, the music world was already tipping Bathtub for Mercury Music Prizes and Radio 2 Live & Exclusive gigs - after only being in pretend existence for 2 days. Rumours were also starting to circulate - because I made them up - that the Dark Lord wass set to join matey 'Phil' Schofield on the ITV This Morning sofa after Fern departs. Meanwhile, after Andy got an unexpected credit crunch deal at a shoeshop, Chris was sharing his pleasure at his haggling abilities at the jewellers' shop, where he always gets a bargain WITHOUT fail.

  • Alex's Showbusiness Part 2

    The credit crunch was hitting the pretend TV schedules hard by mid-week, thanks to Paws, who decided that the celebrity jungle reality show thing should send a singular z-lister to Essex's Epping Forest. So we started arguing about whether David Hasselhoff could still be a Knight 'Rider' even if TV cutbacks robbed him of the talking car.

    As the world turned to London for the G20 Summit, we turned our own attention, Dark Lord-style, to why some countries on the list of attendees were marked with an unexplained asterisk (*) on a list we found on the internet. Cormack suspected a conspiracy to get some non-European nations into the Eurovision song contest. Basil was quick to spot a similar development in the world of golf, where the likes of Malaysia and South Africa are somehow part of the 'European Tour'. We then discovered that the 'huge police presence' in a London Park was actually there to patrol a huge outdoor gig - headlined by pretend band Bathtub, naturally...all of which caused Evie to muse - in a concurrent thread - that 'it could be worse' - 'you could be the vegetarian out-of-work banker given sole rights to run the G20 hot dog stand'.

  • Alex's Showbusiness Part 3

    By Friday we'd decided that the G20 needed re-organising into sub-sets of countries with common interests - like the GUHC - the Group of Unfeasibly Hot Countries, and , inspired by that bit at the start of the Simpsons with the sky, that the weather also needed to be re-written to make it easier. So 'it's a Phil Collins day' - no jacket required - or - 'It could turn out to be a bit Henman today' - starts off with promise but ultimately ends in disappointment. Indeed.


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