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3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 17 December 2010

It's the best way to start your weekend by tuning into the Best Time of the Day Show with Alex. It's a festive Feelgood Friday which means even more great tunes and inspired daftness to keep you happy through the night. More tales of fabulous fakes and revolting rip-off goods in "Santa Fraud", and we ask: when did you last say, "why is it always me?" More sightings of festive fun gone pear-shaped in Antler Watch, more Panto Lotto, and more advice from Noel the Christmas Badger - what would we do without him? Plus, Pause for Thought at 3.20am and the final chance of the week to push your digestive system to the limit in the 4.15 One-Off Canteen.
Lester's Festive Library choices this morning include some reggae from Tewar, and one from JP Jones with Chrissy Hynde. There is a heavy rock treat from the Listener's Library with a classic Christmas tune reworked by Lemmy, Billy Gibbons and Dave Grohl. There is another track from Album of the Week by Michael Jackson and Record of the Week from Adele.
Tune in next week for even more festive daftness and THREE Listener's Library tracks each morning. Let the buffoonery begin.

Music Played

39 items
  • Image for McFadden & Whitehead

    McFadden & Whitehead Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

    Million Sellers Vol.19 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

    (Single), CBS

  • Image for Ellie Goulding

    Ellie Goulding Your Song

    Bright Lights, Polydor, 1

  • Image for The Monkees

    The Monkees Last Train To Clarksville

    Delilah - Jukebox 60's Hits, Old Gold, 2

  • Image for Shakin' Stevens

    Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • 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 Nu Shooz

    Nu Shooz I Can't Wait

    Club Classics From The 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Phil Oakey

    Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder Together In Electric Dreams

    Our Friends Electric (Various Artists, Telstar

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Fade Like A Shadow

    Tiger Suit, Relentless, 1


    • Image for Tewar

      Tewar Joy to the World

  • Image for Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson Travellin' Man

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland

  • Image for Nine Stories

    Nine Stories and Lisa Loeb Stay (I Missed You)

    Woman (Various Artists), Polygram Tv/Sony Tv

  • Image for Bryan Adams

    Bryan Adams Christmas Time

    The Perfect Christmas (Various), Universal Music

  • Image for Steve Winwood

    Steve Winwood Higher Love

    Burning Hearts (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Burl Ives

    Burl Ives A Holly Jolly Christmas

    The Essential Now That's What I Call Christmas (Various Artists), UMG Recordings, 7

  • Image for Cheryl

    Cheryl Cheryl Cole - The Flood

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Tom Petty

    Tom Petty and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Learning To Fly

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for Mariah Carey

    Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You

    Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas, Columbia

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers and Ian McCulloch Some Kind Of Nothingness

    Postcards From A Young Man, Columbia, 17

  • Image for Garth Brooks

    Garth Brooks Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy

    Garth Brooks - Beyond The Season, Liberty

  • Image for AC/DC

    AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long

    AC/DC - Back In Black, EMI

  • Image for Hurts

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

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Lemmy Kilmister, Billy F. Gibbons & Dave Grohl

    Lemmy Kilmister, Billy F. Gibbons & Dave Grohl Run Rudolph Run

    We Wish You A Metal Xmas & A Headbanging New Year, ARMOURY, 3

  • Image for Shalamar

    Shalamar There It Is

    Friends - Deluxe Edition, Big Break Records, 6

  • Image for Sophie B. Hawkins

    Sophie B. Hawkins Right Beside You

    (CD Single), Columbia

  • Image for Chris Rea

    Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas

    (Single), WEA, 1

  • Image for Toots & The Maytals

    Toots & The Maytals 54-46 Was My Number

    Run Fatboy Run O.S.T. (Various Artists), Universal

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Riviera Life

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

    (CD Single), Apple

  • Image for Starship

    Starship Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia, 1

  • Image for Take That

    Take That SOS

    Progress, Polydor, 8

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

  • Image for The Foundations

    The Foundations Build Me Up Buttercup

    Million Sellers Vol.12 - The Sixties, Disky

  • Image for Saint Etienne

    Saint Etienne I Was Born On Christmas Day

    (CD Single), Heavenly, 17

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé Hollywood

    (CD Single), Reprise, 1

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "FIDELITY" (Earmusic)

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue Better Than Today

    Aphrodite, Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Maxi Priest

    Maxi Priest Wild World

    Dancing On Sunshine - 22 Reggae Hits, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Kelly Marie

    Kelly Marie Feels Like I'm In Love

    The Best Of The 80's Vol.II (Various), Sony


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