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2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 26 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

45 items
  • HOUR 1

    • Image for Slade

      Slade Merry Xmas Everybody

      (CD Single), EMI

  • Image for The Supremes

    The Supremes Where Did Our Love Go

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows Hometown

    (CD Single), Play It Again Sam UK, 1

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Merry Christmas Baby

    A Very Special Christmas (Various), A&M

  • Image for The Drifters

    The Drifters Under The Boardwalk

    Very Best Of Ben E.King & The Drifters, Global Television

  • Image for The Killers

    The Killers Here With Me

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for The Darkness

    The Darkness Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)

    (CD Single), Atlantic

  • Image for Soul II Soul

    Soul II Soul and Caron Wheeler Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)

    More Greatest Hits Of 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Rebecca Ferguson

    Rebecca Ferguson Shoulder To Shoulder

    Heaven, Sony

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder What Christmas Means To Me

    20 Motown Christmas Classics (Variou, Hitsville

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY FROM THE CD "Nothin But Love" (Provogue) OUT NOW

  • Image for The Manhattan Transfer

    The Manhattan Transfer Tuxedo Junction

    (Single), Atlantic

  • Image for New York City

    New York City I'm Doing Fine Now

    Temptation (Various Artists), Quality Television

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for Jona Lewie

      Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry

      The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for Mary Wells

    Mary Wells My Guy

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Red

    Red, Mercury

  • Image for Hurts

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

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones One More Shot

    Grrr!, Abkco

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart You Wear It Well

    The Best Of Rod Stewart, Warner Bros

  • Image for The Zutons

    The Zutons Valerie

    (CD Single), Deltasonic

  • Image for Billy Idol

    Billy Idol White Wedding

    Rip It Up (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon and Yoko Ono Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY FROM THE CD "Mustn't Grumble" (Rockney) Suggested by Chrissy Lee in Rochdale

    • Image for Chas 'n' Dave

      Chas 'n' Dave Ain't No Pleasing You

      The World Of Chas & Dave, Cleveland International

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Different

    (CD Single), Island, 4

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA One Of Us

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 016

  • HOUR 3

    • Image for Brenda Lee

      Brenda Lee Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

      Brenda Lee - The EP Collection, See For Miles

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Livin' Thing

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Donald Fagen

    Donald Fagen Miss Marlene

    Sunken Condos, Reprise, 007

  • Image for The Jackson 5

    The Jackson 5 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

    20 Motown Christmas Classics (Variou, Hitsville

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald Back It Up

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 2

  • Image for Mick Hucknall

    Mick Hucknall I'd Rather Go Blind

    (CD Single), SimplyRed.com

  • Image for Adam Ant

    Adam Ant Goody Two Shoes

    Wave Party (Various Artists), Columbia, 15

  • LISTENER'S ALBUM OF THE YEAR, "Ashes & Roses" (Decca) Suggested by Sue in Nuneaton

  • Image for Lenny Kravitz

    Lenny Kravitz California

    Lenny Kravitz - Baptism, Parlophone

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Just Be

    Fall To Grace, Sony

  • Image for Pretenders

    Pretenders 2000 Miles

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Have I Told You Lately

    The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor, 2

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Troublemaker

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • HOUR 4

    • Image for Andy Williams

      Andy Williams It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

      Christmas Love Songs (Various Artist, Arcade Records

  • Image for Evelyn

    Evelyn "Champagne" King Love Come Down

    Essential Works Of Evelyn Champagne K, RCA

  • Image for James Arthur

    James Arthur Impossible

    (CD Single), Syco, 1

  • Image for Sting

    Sting Nothing Bout Me

    (CD Single), A&M

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

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

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 2


    • Image for Nat King Cole

      Nat King Cole Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

      Love Songs, Capitol

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy

    A Day At The Races, Island, 8


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