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The best way to start the week with brilliant music and hilarious chat on The Best Time of the Day Show. There's a new Record and Album of the Week, plus more Library selections.

Start another week with Alex who will entertain you in the small hours with his eclectic playlist and unique brand of conversation. There are more bizarre sightings in response to the question, "what is the strangest thing you ever did see?", more tales of mistaken identity in The Similar Features Feature, and a whole heap of totally daft and untrue "facts" and figures for National Statistics Week. The 4.15 One-Off Canteen is back in business again, and Pause for Thought with Simon Lole at 3.20am.
From Lester's Library there is a classic Elvis Costello track and a new one from country band, Little Big Town. Your choice from the Listener's Library is a huge Madonna song. The new Record of the Week comes from Manic Street Preachers and there is a track from the new Album of the Week by I Am Arrows.

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Mon 16 Aug 2010 02:00

Music Played

  • The Boo Radleys

    Wake Up Boo!

    • Various Artists - Untitled.
    • Global Records & Tapes.
  • The Detroit Spinners

    It's A Shame

    • Dancing In The Street (Various Artis.
    • Universal Music Tv.
    • 4.
  • Rumer


    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
    • 1.
  • Coldplay

    Life In Technicolor II

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
    • 1.
  • Pilot


    • 25 Years Of No.1 Hits Vol.3 (1974/19.
    • Connoisseur Collection.
  • The Pretenders

    Back On The Chain Gang

    • The Pretenders - The Singles.
    • WEA.
  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the forthcoming CD, "POSTCARDS FROM A YOUNG MAN" (Columbia) Out 20th September

    • Manic Street Preachers

      (It's Not War) Just The End Of Love

      • (CD Single).
      • Columbia.
      • 16.
  • The Bobby Fuller Four

    I Fought The Law

    • Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv.
    • Acuff-Rose Opryland.
  • Lady Antebellum

    I Run to You

    • Need You Now.
    • Capitol Nashville.
    • 1.
  • Sister Sledge

    He's The Greatest Dancer

    • The Last Days Of Disco (Film Soundtra.
    • Columbia.

    • Elvis Costello & The Attractions

      (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding

  • Eliza Doolittle

    Pack Up

    • (CD Single).
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Huey Lewis and the News

    Do You Believe In Love

    • It's Only Rock 'n' Roll... (Various).
    • EMI.
  • KC and the Sunshine Band

    Give It Up

    • The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist.
    • Virgin.
  • Bryan Adams

    When You're Gone (feat. Melanie C)

    • Bryan Adams - The Best Of Me.
    • Mercury.
  • Brandon Flowers


    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
    • 1.
  • Aretha Franklin


    • Aretha Franklin - Queen Of Soul.
    • Atlantic.
  • War

    Low Rider

    • Blaxploitation: The Sequel Vol.2.
    • Global Television.
  • Amy Macdonald

    This Pretty Face

    • (CD Single).
    • Mercury.
    • 1.
  • Roger Miller

    Little Green Apples

    • The Way It Used To Be (Various Artists).
    • Pickwick.
    • 12.
  • Mott the Hoople

    All The Way From Memphis

    • (Single).
    • CBS.
  • Pussycat


    • (Single).
    • Sonet.
  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "LIKE A PRAYER" (Sire) suggested by Nicola from Manchester

    • Madonna

      Like A Prayer

      • (CD Single).
      • Sire.
      • 9.
  • Jamie Cullum

    Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down

    • (CD Single).
  • Frankie Valli

    You're Ready Now

    • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Ve.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Fun Boy Three

    Our Lips Are Sealed

    • Now 1983 - The Millennium Series.
    • EMI.
  • R.E.M.

    The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

    • R.E.M. - Automatic For The People.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Sly & the Family Stone

    Family Affair

    • Shades Of Soul (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • The Hoosiers


    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
    • 1.
  • T. Rex


    • Electric Warrior (Deluxe Edition).
    • A&M.
    • 3.
  • Guns N’ Roses

    November Rain

    • Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I.
    • Geffen.
  • Diana King

    Shy Guy

    • Reggae Love Songs (Various Artists).
    • Sanctuary.
  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "SUN COMES UP AGAIN" (Mercury)

    • I Am Arrows

      The US

      • Sun Comes Up Again.
  • George Benson


    • George Benson - Midnight Moods.
    • Telstar.
  • Tracy Chapman

    Fast Car

    • Tracy Chapman.
    • Elektra.
  • Fountains of Wayne

    Stacy's Mom

    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin.
  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "THE REASON WHY" (Humphead) out Monday 23rd August

    • Little Big Town

      Little White Church

  • Bill Haley and His Comets

    Shake, Rattle And Roll

    • Bill Haley And The Comets.
    • Bulldog.
  • Scissor Sisters


    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
  • The Archies

    Sugar, Sugar

    • Dance Hits Of The '60's & '70's.
    • Old Gold.


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