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3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 15 December 2010

This morning there are more tales of receiving fake goods on Christmas Day in "Santa Fraud", and we are replacing the traditional with the trendy for the tinsel season in "Trendy Trimmings". Further Christmas-gone-wrong sightings in Antler Watch, more Panto Lotto, and another appearance from Noel the Christmas Badger who will be dispersing some invaluable advice for surviving the festive season. Pause for Thought at 3.20 and another chance to get into the 4.15 One-Off Canteen.
The festive choices from Lester's Library this morning come from Corey Taylor (yes, of violent metal band, Slipknot - but don't be afraid!) and one from Louis Armstrong. Your choice from the Listener's Library is by The Spinners. You can also hear Record of the Week again by Adele, and another track from Album of the Week by Michael Jackson.

Music Played

40 items
  • Image for Primal Scream

    Primal Scream Movin' On Up

    The Best Album In The World Ever!(Va), Virgin

  • Image for Jona Lewie

    Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Ain't Good Enough For You

    The Promise, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics Winter Wonderland

    A Very Special Christmas (Various), A&M

  • Image for Sam & Dave

    Sam & Dave Hold On I'm Coming

    Atlantic Soul (Various Artists), Warner E.S.P.

  • Image for Paul Carrack and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Paul Carrack and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra It Ain't Over ('til It's Over...)

    (CD Single), Absolute, 1

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Step Into Christmas

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Yazoo

    Yazoo Only You

    Alison Moyet Singles, Columbia

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo It's Christmas Time

    (CD Single), Universal Music TV, 1

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Fade Like A Shadow

    Tiger Suit, Relentless, 1

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY available to download now (Roadrunner)

  • Image for Bob Marley

    Bob Marley and The Wailers Band One Love / People Get Ready

    Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend, Island

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the forthcoming CD, "21" (XL Recordings)

    • Image for Adele

      Adele Rolling In The Deep

      (CD Single), XL, 1

  • Image for Train

    Train Hey, Soul Sister

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Thin Lizzy

    Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back In Town

    (Single), Vertigo, 10

  • Image for Womack & Womack

    Womack & Womack Love Wars

    Soul Years: 1984 (Various Artists), Knight Records

  • Image for Hurts

    Hurts All I Want For Christmas Is New Year's Day

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Chris Squire

    Chris Squire and Alan White Run With The Fox

    Yesyears (Disc 3), Atco

  • Image for Marillion

    Marillion Kayleigh

    The 80's Love Album (Various Artists, Virgin

  • Image for Ellie Goulding

    Ellie Goulding Your Song

    Bright Lights, Polydor, 1

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Little Saint Nick

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Domino

    The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor

  • Image for Diane Birch

    Diane Birch Fools

    Bible Belt, S-Curve, 1


    • Image for The Spinners

      The Spinners The Spinners - The Twelve Days of Christmas

      The Best Christmas Album in the World Ever, EMI, 15 (Disc 2)

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac Say You Love Me

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 13

  • Image for Aswad

    Aswad Shine

    Now 1994 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole Buon Natale (Means Merry Christmas To You)

    Christmas With Nat & Dean, EMI, 4

  • Image for The Police

    The Police Message In A Bottle

    The Very Best Of Sting & The Police, A&M

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon and Yoko Ono Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers and Ian McCulloch Some Kind Of Nothingness

    Postcards From A Young Man, Columbia, 17

  • Image for Larry Williams

    Larry Williams Bony Moronie

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Mim Grey

    Mim Grey Xmas Kiss

    (CD Single), Right Track Records, 1

  • Image for Bad Company

    Bad Company Feel Like Makin' Love

    (Single), Island, 3

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "MICHAEL" (Sony) Out now

    • Image for Michael Jackson

      Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - (I Like) The Way You Love Me

      Michael, Sony Music, 4

  • Image for The Crystals

    The Crystals Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

    A Christmas Gift For You (Phil Spector), Phil Spector Int, 7

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Last Train To London

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic


  • Image for Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton Better Get To Livin'

    (CD Single), Universal, 1

  • Image for Seal

    Seal Weight Of My Mistakes

    Seal 6: Commitment, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for The Darkness

    The Darkness Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)

    (CD Single), Atlantic


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