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2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 31 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

39 items
  • HOUR 1

    • Image for Donna Summer

      Donna Summer Hot Stuff

      The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Blur

    Blur Country House

    The Best Album In The World Ever!(Va), Virgin

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Never Knew Your Name

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 2

  • Image for Duran Duran

    Duran Duran Wild Boys

    Duran Duran - Decade, EMI

  • Image for Cream

    Cream Sunshine Of Your Love

    The Greatest Hits Of 1968, Premier

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys Brand New Me

    Girl On Fire, RCA

  • Image for Roxy Music

    Roxy Music Avalon

    Roxy Music - Avalon, Eg

  • Image for The Staple Singers

    The Staple Singers If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)

    Heart Full Of Soul 2 (Various Artist, Global Television

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the forthcoming CD, "GRAFFITI ON THE TRAIN" (Ignition) out March 4th

  • Image for Miami Sound Machine

    Miami Sound Machine and Gloria Estefan Rhythm Is Gonna Get You

    Gloria Estefan - Greatest Hits, Epic

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "LOVE IS THE LAW" (Peacefrog) Out February 4th

  • Image for Eddie Cochran

    Eddie Cochran C'mon Everybody

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI, 3

  • Image for A Taste of Honey

    A Taste of Honey Boogie Oogie Oogie

    Disco Fever 2 (Various Artists), Universal

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for Desmond Dekker

      Desmond Dekker You Can Get It If You Really Want

      Young Gifted & Black (Various), Trojan

  • Image for Sister Sledge

    Sister Sledge Thinking Of You

    Heart Full Of Soul 2 (Various Artist, Global Television

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé Clown

    (CD Single), Virgin, 5

  • Image for Rob Thomas

    Rob Thomas and Santana Smooth

    (CD Single), Arista

  • Image for Texas

    Texas Halo

    Texas - The Greatest Hits, Mercury

  • Image for Ron Sexsmith

    Ron Sexsmith Snake Road

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 1

  • Image for Oliver Cheatham

    Oliver Cheatham Get Down Saturday Night

    The Best Summer Album 2003 (Various), Warner Strategic Marketi

  • Image for Cutting Crew

    Cutting Crew I Just Died In Your Arms

    Pure Soft Metal (Various Artists), Stylus

  • Image for Mick Hucknall

    Mick Hucknall I'd Rather Go Blind

    (CD Single), SimplyRed.com

  • Image for All Saints

    All Saints Never Ever

    Love (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "I GOT A NAME" (Vertigo) suggested by Jenna Williams in Cardiff

    • Image for Jim Croce

      Jim Croce I Got A Name

      Jim Croce- The Collection, Castle Communications

  • Image for The Wailers

    The Wailers and Bob Marley One Love / People Get Ready

    Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend, Island

  • HOUR 3

    • Image for Nina Simone

      Nina Simone My Baby Just Cares For Me

      Heartbeat - The 60's Gold Collection, Global Television

  • 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 David Bowie

    David Bowie Where Are We Now?

    (CD Single), ISO Records

  • Image for Goo Goo Dolls

    Goo Goo Dolls Iris

    (CD Single), Hollywood Records

  • Image for Joan Baez

    Joan Baez The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

    Rediscover The 60's - With A Little H, Old Gold

  • Image for Toploader

    Toploader Turn It Around

    (CD Single), Underdogs Management, 1

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Don't Panic

    (CD Single), Universal Music

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "IN TIME" (Mercury) out 4th February

    • Image for The Mavericks

      The Mavericks I Should Know

      The Mavericks - Trampoline, MCA Nashville

  • Image for Joan Armatrading

    Joan Armatrading Me Myself I

    The Very Best Of Joan Armatrading, A&M

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

    Help!, Parlophone, 3

  • Image for Lawson

    Lawson Learn To Love Again

    (CD Single), Global Talent Records

  • Image for The Pioneers

    The Pioneers Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

    Young Gifted & Black (Various), Trojan

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "HARVEST THE WIND" (Stoneroom Recordings)

    • Image for Finlay Morton

      Finlay Morton Chasing The American Dream

      Harvest The Wind, Stoneroom Recordings

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith 30 Minute Love Affair

    Fall To Grace, RCA, 2


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