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2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 16 January 2013

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

41 items
  • HOUR 1

    • Image for The Beach Boys

      The Beach Boys Help Me Rhonda

      The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1), EMI, 17

  • Image for Holly Johnson

    Holly Johnson Love Train

    Holly Johnson - Blast, MCA, 6

  • Image for James Arthur

    James Arthur Impossible

    (CD Single), Syco, 1

  • Image for Rickie Lee Jones

    Rickie Lee Jones Chuck E's In Love

    Country Roads (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 Sunday Morning

    Sunday Morning, Octone

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead Roll The Woodpile Down

    Broadside, Navigator Records, 003

  • Image for Kate Bush

    Kate Bush Babooshka

    Kate Bush - The Whole Story, EMI

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon Instant Karma!

    John Lennon - Lennon Legend, Parlophone

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the CD, "I BELONG TO YOU" (Warner) out 12th Feb

    • Image for Emilia Mitiku

      Emilia Mitiku You're Not Right For Me

      I Belong To You, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Michael McDonald

    Michael McDonald I Keep Forgettin'

    Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom, Warner Bros

  • Image for Slade

    Slade Gudbuy T'Jane

    The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various), Premier

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the forthcoming CD, "PAINTING" (Cooking Vinyl) out February 11th

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Skyfall

    (CD Single), XL

  • Image for Chuck Berry

    Chuck Berry You Never Can Tell (C'est La Vie)

    The Best Of Chuck Berry, MCA

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for Eric Clapton

      Eric Clapton Lay Down Sally

      The Cream Of Eric Clapton, Polydor

  • Image for Hue And Cry

    Hue And Cry Labour Of Love

    Now 24 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Mick Hucknall

    Mick Hucknall I'd Rather Go Blind

    (CD Single), SimplyRed.com

  • Image for Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

    Martha Reeves and The Vandellas and Martha Reeves Nowhere To Run

    Motown - The Hits Collection Vol.2, Motown

  • Image for Paul Simon

    Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years

    Still Crazy After All These Years, CBS

  • Image for Prince

    Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair

    (CD Single), NPG Records

  • Image for Vangelis

    Vangelis and Jon & Vangelis I Hear You Now

    Now 1980 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks You Really Got Me

    The Kinks (Deluxe Edition), Sanctuary, 7

  • Image for Kristina Train

    Kristina Train Lose You Tonight

    (CD Single), Mercury

  • Image for Bon Jovi

    Bon Jovi You Give Love A Bad Name

    Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet, Mercury, 2

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald Don't Tell Me That It's Over

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "SYMPHONY OR DAMN" (Columbia) suggested by Sharon Coghill, Devon

  • Image for The Coral

    The Coral Pass It On

    (CD Single), Deltasonic

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones One More Shot

    Grrr!, Abkco

  • HOUR 3

    • Image for Pilot

      Pilot Magic

      25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll Vol.2 (1974), Connoisseur Collection

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue Come Into My World

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Donald Fagen

    Donald Fagen Miss Marlene

    Sunken Condos, Reprise, 007

  • Image for Cliff Richard

    Cliff Richard and The Shadows In The Country

    Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats, EMI

  • Image for David Grant & Jaki Graham

    David Grant & Jaki Graham Mated

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

  • Image for The Mavericks

    The Mavericks Back In Your Arms Again

    In Time, Decca


    • Image for The Family Stand

      The Family Stand Ghetto Heaven

      100% Pure Groove (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Melanie

    Melanie Brand New Key

    The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Shine

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for The Christians

    The Christians Ideal World

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Boris Gardiner

    Boris Gardiner I Wanna Wake Up With You

    Now 1986 (Various Artists), Now

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "SINNERS LIKE ME" (Humphead)

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac You Make Loving Fun

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 3


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