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3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 05 October 2010

If you are looking for a reason not to go to sleep? Then look no further. The Best Time of the Day show is here to keep you entertained through the night with a great selection of music and Alex's witty chat.

This morning, hear all about Alex's long-overdue trip to the hairdressers. There are more tales of imaginary monsters under the bed in "Myths of the Mind", more conversation clichés in "Predictive Chat", plus more seagulls in the sink and frogs in the fireplace in "There's a Goat in my House".

Pause for Thought with Clare Catford arrives at 3.20am and another gang of goons barge their way into the 4.15 One-Off Canteen.

The Lester's Library tracks this morning come from The Baseballs and The Magic Kids, and the Listener's Library track is from the Leningrad Cowboys. Alex plays another track from Album of the Week from Dutch jazz artist, Caro Emerald, and Record of the Week from Jamiroquai. Nobody else, nowhere else.

Music Played

39 items
  • Image for Alexander O'Neal

    Alexander O'Neal Criticize

    Hits Album 7 (Various Artists), Hits, 9

  • Image for The Zombies

    The Zombies Time Of The Season

    The Zombies - Odyssey & Oracle, Rock Machine

  • Image for Enrique Iglesias & Nicole Scherzinger

    Enrique Iglesias & Nicole Scherzinger Heartbeat

    (CD Single), Polydor, 2

  • Image for Carpenters

    Carpenters Top Of The World

    The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More, A&M

  • Image for Big Country

    Big Country Look Away

    Without The Aid Of A Safety Net, EMI

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall (Still A) Weirdo

    (CD Single), Relentless, 1

  • Image for Lee Ann Womack & Sons Of The Desert

    Lee Ann Womack & Sons Of The Desert I Hope You Dance

    Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance, MCA Nashville

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "ROCK DUST LIGHT STAR" (Mercury) Out November 1st

    • Image for Jamiroquai

      Jamiroquai Blue Skies

      (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Down Down

    Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John and Leon Russell If It Wasn't For Bad

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "STRIKE" (Warner)

  • Image for Aswad

    Aswad Don't Turn Around

    The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist, Virgin

  • Image for Sheila & B. Devotion

    Sheila & B. Devotion Spacer

    Best Disco Album In The World...Ever!, Virgin

  • Image for George Michael

    George Michael Fastlove

    (CD Single), Epic

  • Image for Manfred Mann

    Manfred Mann The Mighty Quinn

    Ages Of Mann, Polygram Tv

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt Stay The Night

    Some Kind Of Trouble, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for The Three Degrees

    The Three Degrees Take Good Care Of Yourself

    The Greatest Hits Of 1975, EMI

  • Image for The Who

    The Who The Kids Are Alright

    The No.1 Movies Album (Various Artist, Polygram Tv

  • Image for The Drizabone Soul Family

    The Drizabone Soul Family Don't Break My Heart

    (CD Single), Dome, 1

  • Image for Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi You Give Love A Bad Name

    Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet, Mercury, 2

  • Image for The Doors

    The Doors Light My Fire

    (CD Single), Elektra

  • Image for Fun Boy Three

    Fun Boy Three and Bananarama Really Saying Something

    Bananarama - Deep Sea Skiving, London

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "MEMPHIS" (True)

  • Image for Marillion

    Marillion Kayleigh

    The 80's Love Album (Various Artists, Virgin

  • Image for Lifehouse

    Lifehouse Halfway Gone

    Smoke & Mirrors, Geffen, 1

  • Image for Al Stewart

    Al Stewart Year Of The Cat

    (CD Single), EMI

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Open Your Heart

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 13

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys God Only Knows

    The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1), EMI, 4

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green Forget You

    (CD Single), Warner Music UK, 1

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon Just Like Starting Over

    John Lennon - Lennon Legend, Parlophone

  • Image for Zoe

    Zoe Sunshine On A Rainy Day

    Awesome 2 - Various Artists, Columbia

  • Image for The Temptations

    The Temptations My Girl

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv


    • Image for Caro Emerald

      Caro Emerald The Other Woman

      Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor, Dramatico, 5

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees Tragedy

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Soft Cell

    Soft Cell Tainted Love

    Our Friends Electric (Various Artists, Telstar

  • Image for Fran Healy

    Fran Healy Buttercups

    (CD Single), Wreckord Label, 1

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "GREATEST HITS AND RARITIES" (BMG) suggested by Paul Thompson from Leicester

  • Image for Lorraine Ellison

    Lorraine Ellison Stay With Me Baby

    Mad About The Boy: Ladies Sing The Bl, Crimson

  • Image for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Pandora's Box

    Omd - Sugar Tax, Virgin, 18


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