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3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 17 February 2011

Alex is here to keep you entertained with his unique brand of witty chat accompanied by a great selection of tunes. We are converting more useless energy and unwanted items into positive energy and brand new goods with the help of the Magical Converter Machine; we are inventing more phone apps for the things in life you really need help with in "App Gap"; and more tales of giving up at the first hurdle in "Learner on the Back-burner". There is Pause for Thought at 3.20 and the doors open once again for the 4.15 One-Off Canteen
From Lester's Library there is a new track from Bruce Springsteen and some vintage Jake Thackray, while the Listener Library track comes from Frank Black. There is another track from Album of the Week by Sara Bareilles and Record of the Week from Asa.
Let the buffoonery begin!

Music Played

39 items
  • Image for Earth, Wind & Fire

    Earth, Wind & Fire Let's Groove

    15th Anniversary Music Celebration (Various Artists), Rhino

  • Image for Annie Lennox

    Annie Lennox Walking On Broken Glass

    Now 1992 (Various Artists), Now, 2

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers Postcards From A Young Man

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits Walk Of Life

    Brothers In Arms 20th Anniv Edition, Vertigo

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Money Money Money

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 009

  • Image for The Mummers

    The Mummers Fade Away

    Mink Hollow Road

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder For Once In My Life

    Stevie Wonder Greatest Hits Vol.2, Motown

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Bedshaped

    (CD Single), Island

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the CD, "BEAUTIFUL IMPERFECTION" (Dramatico) out on April 4th

    • Image for Asa

      Asa Be My Man

      (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for Maxi Priest

    Maxi Priest Wild World

    Dancing On Sunshine - 22 Reggae Hits, Polygram Tv

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "THE PROMISE" (Sony)

  • Image for Michael Sembello

    Michael Sembello Maniac

    Flashdance O.S.T. (Various Artists), VIRGIN

  • Image for Clare Maguire

    Clare Maguire The Last Dance

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for The Pointer Sisters

    The Pointer Sisters I'm So Excited

    The Best Of The Pointer Sisters, RCA

  • Image for Iggy Pop

    Iggy Pop The Passenger

    Screen Cuts (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Michael Jackson - Hollywood Tonight

    Michael, Sony, 1

  • Image for Sailor

    Sailor A Glass Of Champagne

    The 70's: Back In The Groove - 1975, Time Life

  • Image for Joss Stone

    Joss Stone Super Duper Love

    (CD Single), Relentless Records

  • Image for Noah and the Whale

    Noah and the Whale L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for The Delfonics

    The Delfonics Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Fun Boy Three

    Fun Boy Three and Bananarama Really Saying Something

    Bananarama - Deep Sea Skiving, London

  • Image for The Pierces

    The Pierces You'll Be Mine

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "TEENAGER OF THE YEAR" (4AD) suggested by Shaun from Burnley

    • Image for Frank Black

      Frank Black Headache

      Teenager of the Year, 4AD, 7

  • Image for The Four Seasons

    The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli The Night

    Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Ve, Polygram Tv, 9

  • Image for Tom Robinson

    Tom Robinson War Baby

    The Ultimate Eighties (Various), Hit Records

  • Image for Bobbie Gentry

    Bobbie Gentry I'll Never Fall In Love Again

    The Hits Of 1969 (Various Artists), MFP

  • Image for Dexys Midnight Runners

    Dexys Midnight Runners and The Emerald Express Come On Eileen

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Huey Lewis and the News

    Huey Lewis and the News Huey Lewis & The News - The Heart Of Rock And Roll

    (CD Single), Chrysalis

  • Image for The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

    The Bryan Ferry Orchestra Alphaville

    Olympia, Virgin, 1

  • Image for Rosie Vela

    Rosie Vela Magic Smile

    And I Write The Songs (Various Artis, Debutante

  • Image for Alice Cooper

    Alice Cooper Poison

    Free Spirit (Various Artists), Columbia, 7

  • Image for The Chordettes

    The Chordettes Mister Sandman

    Christmas Memories Are Made Of This, Virgin

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "KALEIDOSCOPE HEART" (Columbia) out on Monday 21st February

  • Image for Cream

    Cream I Feel Free

    The Greatest Hits Of 1966, Premier

  • Image for Pato Banton

    Pato Banton, Robin Campbell and Ali Campbell Baby Come Back

    Now 29 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Turning Tables

    21, XL, 3


  • Image for Al Green

    Al Green Let's Stay Together

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald This Pretty Face

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1


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The A-Z of Alex Lester

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