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2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 19 December 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

40 items
  • HOUR 1

  • Image for Dean Martin

    Dean Martin Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

    Christmas With The Rat Pack (Various), Capitol, 4

  • Image for The Justice Collective

    The Justice Collective He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

    (CD Single), Metropolis Recordings, 4

  • Image for The Smiths

    The Smiths How Soon Is Now?

    Drive Time 2 (Various Artists), Dino

  • Image for Wilson Pickett

    Wilson Pickett Mustang Sally

    Atlantic Rhythm & Blues - Vol 6: 1966, Atlantic

  • Image for JD McPherson

    JD McPherson Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)

    (CD Single), Rounder Records

  • Image for Shakespears Sister

    Shakespears Sister Stay

    Now 1992 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Merry Christmas Baby

    A Very Special Christmas (Various), A&M

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the CD, "AMERICAN SOUL" (Atlantic) out now

    • Image for Mick Hucknall

      Mick Hucknall I'd Rather Go Blind

      (CD Single), SimplyRed.com

  • Image for Ren Harvieu

    Ren Harvieu Open Up Your Arms

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "TWELVE YEARS OF CHRISTMAS" (Cuppity Records) out now

    • Image for St. Agnes Fountain

      St. Agnes Fountain Humility

  • Image for Mental as Anything

    Mental as Anything Live It Up

    Drive Time (Various Artists), Dino

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Red

    Red, Mercury

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for ABBA

      ABBA Dancing Queen

      Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 001

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder What Christmas Means To Me

    20 Motown Christmas Classics (Variou, Hitsville

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    (CD Single), NPG Records

  • Image for Kirsty MacColl

    Kirsty MacColl They Don't Know

    Galore - The Best Of Kirsty MacColl, Virgin

  • Image for Ray Charles

    Ray Charles Georgia On My Mind

    Ray Charles - The Collection, Castle Communications

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue On A Night Like This (The Abbey Road Sessions)

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 2

  • Image for Andy Williams

    Andy Williams Happy Holiday

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Image for The Lightning Seeds

    The Lightning Seeds The Life Of Riley

    Sense - The Lightning Seeds, Virgin

  • Image for Romanz

    Romanz My Angel

    (CD Single), Select Music

  • Image for Holly Johnson

    Holly Johnson Americanos

    Holly Johnson - Blast, MCA, 3

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "THE INNOCENT AGE" (Epic) suggested by Claire Cooper, Ayreshire

  • Image for Blue Öyster Cult

    Blue Öyster Cult Don't Fear The Reaper

    Chart Show Ultimate Rock - Various, Hit

  • Image for Eartha Kitt

    Eartha Kitt Santa Baby

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • HOUR 3

    • Image for Jona Lewie

      Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry

      The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Young Americans

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys Memory Of The Future

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Pretenders

    Pretenders 2000 Miles

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Image for OutKast

    OutKast Hey Ya!

    Outkast - Speakerboxxx, Arista

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones One More Shot

    Grrr!, Abkco

  • Image for The Everly Brothers

    The Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Susie

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

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "ON THIS WINTERS NIGHT" (Parlophone) out now

  • Image for Howard Jones

    Howard Jones No One Is To Blame

    The Best Of Howard Jones, East West Records

  • Image for Saint Etienne

    Saint Etienne I Was Born On Christmas Day

    (CD Single), Heavenly, 17

  • Image for Blake Shelton

    Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Jingle Bell Rock

    Cheers, It's Christmas, Warner Bros

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "RARE MASTERS" (Rocket) suggested by Arron Welling in Portsmouth

    • Image for Elton John

      Elton John Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be A Turkey At Christmas)

      Rare Masters, Rocket, 3

  • Image for Grace Jones

    Grace Jones Pull Up To The Bumper

    The Divas Of Dance (Various Artists), Telstar



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