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Nicki Chapman sits in with Pet Shop Boys

Wake up and embrace the day with Nicki Chapman and the team. Nicki catches up with Pet Shop Boys about their new single Monkey Business and upcoming album Hotspot.

Wake up and embrace the day with Nicki Chapman and the team.

Nicki catches up with Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys to chat about the new single Monkey Business and upcoming album Hotspot, looks back at their headline set at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park 2019 and asks about 2020 live shows, including the possibility of Glastonbury.

We spin the Wheel of Four Tunes and revisit Basement Jaxx's Yodel Song, previously performed on Zoe's Friends Round Friday in September.

Along with Anthony Birchley on news, Jules Lang on travel and Hugh Ferris on sport, she and the team have the best start to your morning. With celeb guests, quizzes, headlines, tunes chosen by listeners, and more music that you can shake a glitterball at!

There's also a daily Pause For Thought from Krish Kandiah and Hugh chats to former American football player and co-host of The NFL Show Jason Bell, as Nicki entertains the nation with fun for the family!

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Simply Red


    • Simply Red Greatest Hits.
    • East West Records.
  • Sigala

    We Got Love (feat. Ella Henderson)

    • (CD Single).
    • Ministry Of Sound Recordings.
  • Whitney Houston

    How Will I Know

    • The Best Of.
    • Arista.
  • MIKA

    Grace Kelly

    • (CD Single).
    • Casablanca.
  • Mike Oldfield

    Moonlight Shadow

    • Now 1983 - The Millennium Series.
    • EMI.
    • 13.
  • Eternal

    I Wanna Be The Only One (feat. BeBe Winans)

    • Eternal - Greatest Hits.
    • EMI.
  • Kash Doll, Kim Petras, ALMA & Stefflon Don

    How It's Done

    • Charlie's Angels O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Silver Cloud.
  • David Bowie

    Golden Years

    • David Bowie - Best Of Bowie.
    • EMI.
  • Beyoncé


    • I Am...Sasha Fierce.
    • Columbia.
    • 1.
  • Tina Turner

    When The Heartache Is Over

    • (CD Single).
    • EMI.
  • Fleetwood Mac

    Go Your Own Way

    • 50 Years - Don't Stop.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 006.
  • Lewis Capaldi

    Before You Go

    • (CD Single).
    • Vertigo.
  • Basement Jaxx & Sharlene Hector

    Good Luck (Radio 2 Session, 06 Sep 2019) (feat. Vula Malinga & Sofia Shkidchenko)

  • Babybird

    You're Gorgeous

    • This Year's Love (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • The Weeknd

    Blinding Lights

    • (CD Single).
    • Universal Republic Records.
    • 1.
  • Wings

    Listen To What The Man Said

    • Pure McCartney.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Mark Ronson

    Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse)

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony BMG.
  • James Blunt

    The Truth

    • Once Upon A Mind.
    • Atlantic.
  • Kool & The Gang

    Straight Ahead

    • In The Heart.
    • BBR.
    • 006.
  • Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella


    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin EMI.
  • The Farm

    All Together Now

    • Smash Hits Massive! (Various Artists).
    • Dover Records.
  • Erasure


    • Erasure - Pop!.
    • Mute Records.
  • Miami Sound Machine

    Dr. Beat

    • Gloria Estefan - Greatest Hits.
    • Epic.
  • Dermot Kennedy

    Power Over Me

    • Outnumbered.
    • UMGRI Interscope.
  • Pet Shop Boys

    Monkey Business

    • (CD Single).
    • x2 Recordings.
  • Carly Rae Jepsen

    Call Me Maybe

    • (CD Single).
    • Interscope.
  • Ariana Grande

    No Tears Left To Cry

    • (CD Single).
    • Republic Records.
  • Dexys Midnight Runners


    • Greatest Hits Of The 80's (Various).
    • Disky.
    • 5.
  • The Boo Radleys

    Wake Up Boo!

    • Various Artists - Untitled.
    • Global Records & Tapes.
  • Sinéad O’Connor

    Nothing Compares 2 U

    • The Best Love Songs...Ever! (Various).
    • Virgin.
  • Bastille

    Can't Fight This Feeling (feat. London Contemporary Orchestra)

    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin.
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips

    Come Back and Finish What You Started

    • Gladys Knight & The Pips - Singles Al.
    • Pro-Tv.
  • Roxy Music

    Angel Eyes

    • Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music - Street Life.
    • Eg.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

From Krish Kandiah, founding director of a national charity:

Numerous children playing on the lawn at the front of our house is a fairly common occurrence. It has provided me with many a welcome distraction when I have had to work from home. However, on the last occasion there was no stopping me joining in.

A people carrier pulled up outside of our house and children spilled out of it to join my own, all of them bouncing up and down with excitement, beaming smiles and blowing kisses at the little boy sat on my lap. He had immediately become the centre of attention and responded with coos and giggles showered on everyone. This was the first time our foster son met his new adoptive siblings.  Something wonderful and beautiful was happening. A new family was being formed right there in front of me. A new family just in time for the New Year.

The incredible joy of that moment drew alongside the heart-breaking pain of getting ready to say goodbye to the little boy we had taught to crawl, walk and then talk. That new family was leaving behind a hole in our own. An empty cot. A space at the table which wasn’t there before. A new year without that special somebody.

None of us can be sure that our families will stay the same over the course of this year. We cannot tell whom we will lose, or indeed whom we might gain. We cannot imagine the heartaches or the joys that lie ahead.

Lord Tennyson said: ‘I hold it true, whate’er befall; Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’. And the Bible speaks along similar lines. Alongside the promises of comfort for those who mourn, and healing for the broken-hearted, there is a challenge to welcome the orphan and the widow, the outcast and the stranger, not just into our communities but into our homes and hearts.

These days I am woken in the morning, not to a gurgle or a child’s cry, but the cruel tones of my phone’s alarm. I miss tripping over toy cars in the hallway. At the end of the day I find myself creeping up to bed, even though there is no baby there who might wake. Although, perhaps by the end of the week there might be. At any moment, the phone might ring and social services may ask us to welcome another child into our home. A new year. A new family member? If you are searching for a new challenge for a new year, this could be your story too. 


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