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2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 12 June 2012

There's only one way to get through the night with a smile and that's with Alex, AKA the Dark Lord, on the Best Time of the Day Show.

There will be another track from the Album of the Week, another spin of Record of the Week, two more tracks from Alex's eclectic CD collection in the Lester's Library, a selection from you from the Listener's Library and Pause for Thought.

Alex is armed with the Drums of Pun, the Mallet of Stupidity and the Squeal of Campery; you won't get the chance to even think about sleeping!

Music Played

39 items
  • HOUR 1

    • Image for Edwyn Collins

      Edwyn Collins A Girl Like You

      The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Tracey Ullman

    Tracey Ullman They Don't Know

    You Broke My Heart In 17 Places, Stiff

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones Hit Or Miss

    (CD Single), Gut Records, 5

  • Image for Sam Cooke

    Sam Cooke Cupid

    Sam Cooke - The Man & His Music, RCA

  • Image for ZZ Top

    ZZ Top Legs

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Stooshe

    Stooshe Black Heart

    (CD Single), Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees Night Fever

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Marvin Gaye

    Marvin Gaye Too Busy Thinking 'bout My Baby

    Soul (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the forthcoming CD, "GOOD MORNING TO THE NIGHT" (Mercury) out July 16th

    • Image for Elton John & Pnau

      Elton John & Pnau Sad

      (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for John Oates

    John Oates and Daryl Hall Out Of Touch

    Collections, Sony

  • Image for Lily Allen

    Lily Allen Smile

    (CD Single), Regal

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "ROOSTER RAG" (Decca)

  • Image for Fun Boy Three

    Fun Boy Three and Bananarama Really Saying Something

    Bananarama - Deep Sea Skiving, London

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Rocky Ground

    Wrecking Ball, Columbia, 9

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for George Benson

      George Benson Turn Your Love Around

      George Benson - The Very Best Of, Warner E.S.P., 5

  • Image for New Radicals

    New Radicals You Get What You Give

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for Kelly Clarkson

    Kelly Clarkson Dark Side

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Stan Getz

    Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto The Girl From Ipanema

    It's Cool (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Bill Withers

    Bill Withers Lovely Day

    It's Cool (Various Artists), Parlophone

  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden Buildings And Treetops

    (CD Single), 157 Records

  • Image for New Order

    New Order Regret

    Glorious (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Deep Purple

    Deep Purple Hush

    The Very Best Of, EMI, 1

  • Image for Gun

    Gun Break The Silence

    Break The Silence, Ear Music, 1

  • Image for Belinda Carlisle

    Belinda Carlisle Summer Rain

    Belinda Carlisle, Virgin

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "THE VERY BEST OF MICK JAGGER" (Warner) suggested by Rocky in Renfrewshire

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon

    A Man And His Music, Reprise

  • HOUR 3

  • Image for Stevie Nicks

    Stevie Nicks Edge Of Seventeen

    (Single), WEA, 4

  • Image for Will Young

    Will Young I Just Want A Lover

    (CD Single), Sony

  • Image for Otis Redding

    Otis Redding Try A Little Tenderness

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

  • Image for P!nk

    P!nk Please Don't Leave Me

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Jack Savoretti

    Jack Savoretti Take Me Home

    Between The Minds, Fullfill Records

  • Image for Hawkwind

    Hawkwind Silver Machine

    The Best Prog Rock Album In The World, Virgin

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "LIFE IN A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT" (Mercury) out now

  • Image for Living in a Box

    Living in a Box Living In A Box

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

  • Image for The Faces

    The Faces Pool Hall Richard

    The Sound Of The Seventies (Various Artists), Warner Music TV

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "ALL FALL DOWN" (Nonesuch) out now

  • Image for Black Slate

    Black Slate Amigo

    The Best Reggae Album In The World..., Virgin, 2

  • Image for Toto

    Toto Hold The Line

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes


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