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2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 19 September 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

42 items
  • HOUR 1

  • Image for Four Tops

    Four Tops Walk Away Renee

    The Four Tops - The Singles Collectio, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Paul Carrack

    Paul Carrack When My Little Girl Is Smiling

    (CD Single), Carrack-UK Records, 1

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Southern Nights

    That's Country (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Chaka Khan

    Chaka Khan and Rufus Ain't Nobody

    (CD Single), Reprise

  • Image for Joe McElderry

    Joe McElderry Here's What I Believe

    Here's What I Believe, UMC

  • Image for New Radicals

    New Radicals You Get What You Give

    (CD Single), MCA

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart Tonight's The Night

    The Best Of Rod Stewart, Warner Bros

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the CD, "ELYSIUM" (Parlophone) out now

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald Run

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Mother's Little Helper

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "AFTERMATH OF THE LOWDOWN" (Aggressive) out now

  • Image for Alexander O'Neal

    Alexander O'Neal and Cherrelle Never Knew Love Like This

    The Greatest Hits Of Alexander O'Neal, Epic

  • Image for Mika

    Mika Celebrate

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for The Real Thing

      The Real Thing You To Me Are Everything

      In The Summertime-Sound Of 70's, Part, Old Gold

  • Image for Kate Bush

    Kate Bush Hounds Of Love

    Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love, EMI

  • Image for The Overtones

    The Overtones Loving The Sound

    (CD Single), Island Records, 1

  • Image for The Crystals

    The Crystals Da Doo Ron Ron

    The Best Of The Crystals, Phil Spector Int

  • Image for Kelly Clarkson

    Kelly Clarkson Breakaway

    (CD Single), Sony BMG

  • Image for Owl City

    Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen Good Time

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Terence Trent D’Arby

    Terence Trent D’Arby Wishing Well

    18 Soul Classics (Various Artists), Pickwick

  • Image for The Mamas & the Papas

    The Mamas & the Papas Monday Monday

    The Mamas & The Papas - 20 Greatest H, MFP

  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden Sirens

    (CD Single), 157 Records, 1

  • Image for Lindisfarne

    Lindisfarne Meet Me On The Corner

    The Best Of Lindisfarne, Virgin

  • Image for Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse Back To Black

    Back To Black, Universal Records

  • LISTEER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "LET THERE BE ROCK" (Atco) suggested by Rob Hunt in Gloucester

    • Image for AC/DC

      AC/DC Whole Lotta Rosie

      AC/DC - Let There Be Rock, Atco

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue Come Into My World

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Dion

    Dion Runaround Sue

    The Wanderers (Original S/Track), Sequel Records

  • HOUR 3

    • Image for Blondie

      Blondie Denis

      Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie, EMI

  • Image for Marvin Gaye

    Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing

    The Greatest Love (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Disconnected

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Dionne Warwick

    Dionne Warwick All The Love In The World

    Moments In Love (Various Artists), Music Collection Interna

  • Image for Perry Como

    Perry Como Papa Loves Mambo

    The Best Of Cult Fiction (Various), Virgin

  • Image for Jeff Lynne

    Jeff Lynne At Last

    Long Wave, Big Trilby, 1

  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Head Over Heels

    Tears For Fears - Tears Roll Down, Fontana, 5

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "BATTLE BORN" (Mercury) out now

    • Image for The Killers

      The Killers A Matter Of Time

      Battle Born, Vertigo, 5

  • Image for Al Jarreau

    Al Jarreau We're In This Love Together

    Best Of Al Jarreau, Warner Bros

  • Image for The Knack

    The Knack My Sharona

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "TWO TONE GONE SKA" (Cherry Red)

  • Image for The Byrds

    The Byrds Mr Tambourine Man

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television

  • Image for Beth Hart

    Beth Hart Baddest Blues

    (CD Single), Provogue

  • Image for Clarence Carter

    Clarence Carter Patches

    Atlantic Soul Ballads (Various), Atlantic


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