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A Chap Dwelt in Pencils

2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 25 April 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 The Human League

    The Human League Mirror Man

    Rip It Up (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé It's A Beautiful Day

    (CD Single), Reprise, 1

  • Image for Erma Franklin

    Erma Franklin Take A Little Piece Of My Heart

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Simply Red

    Simply Red It's Only Love

    Simply Red Greatest Hits, East West Records

  • Image for Texas

    Texas The Conversation

    (CD Single), PIAS UK, 1

  • Image for Kenny Rogers

    Kenny Rogers The Gambler

    Kenny Rogers - The Very Best Of, Reprise

  • Image for Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse You Know I'm No Good

    (CD Single), Island

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the forthcoming CD, "MOMENTUM" (Island) out May 20th

    • Image for Jamie Cullum

      Jamie Cullum Everything You Didn't Do

      (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Odyssey

    Odyssey Inside Out

    Happy Together, Big Break Records, 008

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "BACK TO THE WOODS" (Cross Cut Records) out now

    • Image for Chuck Leavell

      Chuck Leavell Wish Me Well

      Back To The Woods, Cross Cut Records

  • Image for Steve Miller Band

    Steve Miller Band Jet Airliner

    Steve Miller Band - The Best Of, Arcade

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart It's Over

    (CD Single), Capitol Records, 1

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for Detroit Emeralds

      Detroit Emeralds Feel The Need In Me

      Heart Full Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Pat Benatar

    Pat Benatar We Belong

    Pat Benatar - Tropico, Chrysalis

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Graffiti On The Train

    (CD Single), Stylus Records, 1

  • Image for Crosby, Stills & Nash

    Crosby, Stills & Nash Marrakesh Express

    Our House (CD Single), Atlantic

  • Image for Carly Simon

    Carly Simon Why

    The Very Best Of Carly Simon, Global Television

  • Image for Gabrielle Aplin

    Gabrielle Aplin Panic Cord

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello and Elvis Costello & The Attractions Accidents Will Happen

    Elvis Costello & Attractions- The Man, Imp Records, 4

  • Image for Macy Gray

    Macy Gray I Try

    The 2000 Brit Awards (Various Artist, Columbia

  • Image for Kacey Musgraves

    Kacey Musgraves Merry Go 'Round

    Same Trailer Different Park, Decca, 1

  • Image for Talking Heads

    Talking Heads Road To Nowhere

    Now 1985 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "THE RAINMAKERS" (Polygram) suggested by Damian Murphy in Skelmersdale

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Black Horse & The Cherry Tree

    (CD Single), Relentless Records

  • Image for John Martyn

    John Martyn May You Never

    Classic John Martyn, Island

  • HOUR 3

    • Image for Candi Staton

      Candi Staton Young Hearts Run Free

      Disco Fever (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for The Animals

    The Animals House Of The Rising Sun

    The Hits Of 1964 (Various Artists), MFP

  • Image for Hurts

    Hurts Blind

    Exile, Sony Music, 1

  • Image for Squeeze

    Squeeze Take Me I'm Yours

    Big Squeeze: The Very Best Of Squeeze, Universal/A&M

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Rolling In The Deep

    (CD Single), XL, 1

  • Image for Dido

    Dido End Of Night

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Thin Lizzy

    Thin Lizzy Sarah

    Thin Lizzy - Black Rose, Vertigo

  • Image for Thea Gilmore

    Thea Gilmore This Is How You Find The Way

    Regardless, Fullfill, 2

  • Image for The Drifters

    The Drifters Saturday Night At The Movies

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

  • Image for Hothouse Flowers

    Hothouse Flowers Don't Go

    Emerald Rock (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD "THE BENEVOLENCE OF SISTER MARY IGNATIUS" (Axe Attack Recordings) out 6th June

  • Image for Faith Hill

    Faith Hill There You'll Be

    (CD Single), Warner Bros.

  • Image for P!nk

    P!nk Just Give Me A Reason (feat. Nate Ruess)

    Featured Artist: Nate Ruess.

    The Truth About Love, Sony Music, 1


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