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3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 08 March 2010

Start the week with a hoot with The Dark Lord himself. Expect more unconventional chat and general oddness that won't fail to kickstart your day. In Living the Lie there are some hilarious stories of people trapped by their own little white lies; find out what happened to the chap who wooed a budding singer by saying he was mates with Peter Waterman. There's also the One More Encore Tour; tour names that suit the artist. Join the Rolling Stones on their Wheelchairs of Steel World Tour, and Status Quo's Rocking All Over the Ward Tour.

There's tracks from Steve Forbert and Scott McKeon from Lester's Library, and a rare track from Hugh Cornwell and Robert Williams suggested by you from the Listener's Library. Our new Album of the Week comes from Boyzone and Whitney Houston has this week's Record of the Week. Tim Turvey provides this week's Pause for Thought.
And, he has finally conquered the electric light bulb, now onwards Alex marches to understand modern technology as he opens a Twitter account. Listen in for some top tips and advice on how you too can get connected.

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Music Played

37 items
  • Image for Mark Ronson

    Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse Valerie

    (CD Single), Sony BMG

  • Image for Spin Doctors

    Spin Doctors Two Princes

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald Don't Tell Me That It's Over

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Santana

    Santana and Rob Thomas Smooth

    (CD Single), Arista

  • Image for Midge Ure

    Midge Ure If I Was

    Electric Dreams (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the album, "I LOOK TO YOU" (RCA) Out now

  • Image for Supertramp

    Supertramp Give A Little Bit

    The Very Best Of Supertramp, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Upside Down

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Sunday Girl

    70's Number Ones Vol 3, Old Gold, 9

  • Image for Beverley Knight

    Beverley Knight and Chaka Khan Soul Survivor

    (CD Single), Hurricane, 1


  • Image for R.E.M.

    R.E.M. Nightswimming

    (CD Single), Warner Bros

  • Image for The Jackson 5

    The Jackson 5 The Love You Save

    The Best Michael Jackson & Jackson Fi, Polygram Tv, 11

  • Image for Gabriella Cilmi

    Gabriella Cilmi Sweet About Me

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Blur

    Blur The Universal

    (CD Single), Food

  • Image for Rox

    Rox My Baby Left Me

    (CD Single), Rough Trade, 1

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel Tell Her About It

    Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol.2, CBS

  • Image for Little Richard

    Little Richard Rip It Up

    Little Richard 22 Classic Cuts, Ace

  • Image for Simply Red

    Simply Red Beside You

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Aerosmith

    Aerosmith Walk This Way

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for The Corrs

    The Corrs Give Me A Reason

    (CD Single), 143 Records

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "NOSFERATU" (Eastworld) suggested by Neil Matthews

    • Image for Robert Williams and Hugh Cornwell

      Robert Williams and Hugh Cornwell White Room


  • Image for Harper Simon

    Harper Simon Shooting Star

    (CD Single), Tulsi Records, 1

  • Image for The Tremeloes

    The Tremeloes Call Me Number One

    25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll 1969 (Vol 2), Connoisseur

  • Image for Kaiser Chiefs

    Kaiser Chiefs Ruby

    (CD Single), B-Unique

  • Image for Was (Not Was)

    Was (Not Was), Ozzy Osbourne and Kim Basinger Shake Your Head

    (CD Single), Fontana

  • Image for Corinne Bailey Rae

    Corinne Bailey Rae Paris Nights/New York Mornings

    (CD Single), Virgin, 1

  • Image for The Clash

    The Clash Train In Vain

    The Essential Clash, Sony Music Entertainment

  • Image for ABC

    ABC All Of My Heart

    In Touch II (Various Artists), Solitaire Collection

  • Image for Badfinger

    Badfinger Come & Get It

    Magic Christian Music By Badfinger, Apple

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK Track taken from "BROTHER" (Polydor) Out Now

    • Image for Boyzone

      Boyzone 'Til The Sun Goes Down


  • Image for Feist

    Feist 1234

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Kokomo

    Love At The Movies (Various Artists), Telstar

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "TROUBLE" (Provogue)

  • Image for Dinah Washington

    Dinah Washington Mad About The Boy

    Mixed Emotions III (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Paul Weller

    Paul Weller Broken Stones

    Paul Weller - Stanley Road, Go! Discs

  • Image for Chaka Demus & Pliers

    Chaka Demus & Pliers She Don't Let Nobody

    Reggae Love Songs (Various Artists), Sanctuary


The A-Z of Alex Lester

The A-Z of Alex Lester

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    Alex Lester's Oddcast

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