Published: 24/12/2013 11:29 - Updated: 24/12/2013 12:01

REVIEW: Alpha Papa soundtrack

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Alpha Papa soundtrack scores comedy bullseye.
Alpha Papa soundtrack scores comedy bullseye.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa soundtrack

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by Allan Nicolson

ALAN Partridge’s blistering Roachford cover - while he expertly manoeuvred his beloved Kia and offered “advice” about illegal foglight use by other motorists - struck a chord with cinemagoers in 2013.

Cuddly Toy, a largely forgotten 1988 hit by the soul-pop favourite, was memorably covered in the opening scenes of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

That Partridge musical choice and many others, including the theme from Ski Sunday, feature on the soundtrack as the foot-in-mouth disc jockey’s leap from the small screen to big is accompanied by the obligatory compilation.

The continued popularity of the British comedy institution shows no signs of slowing up as the character now spans three decades.

Featuring typically Partridge-esque pop picks such as OMD and The Police, plus several comedy jingles from his digital radio show, this album could easily be filed under “for completists only”.

There are, however, real gems to be found, like Cuddly Toy, which sits effortlessly alongside 80s staples like Bryan Ferry and The Human League as the former chat show host makes his assault on the charts.

The inclusion of the theme of TV series Ski Sunday only serves to underline the broad tastes of Norfolk’s premier broadcaster.

Bonus tracks featuring Bond themes and Hot Chocolate will please long-term fans, although Partridge would no doubt bemoan the absence of ABBA and Kate Bush as a “ruddy” outrage and a musical crime by the record company bods. 

On the whole though, lovely stuff.


Full tracklisting:

1 I’m Alan Partridge (quote) – Alan Partridge

2 Koyaanisqatsi – Philip Glass

3 The Time Is 11.59 and 55 Seconds (quote) – Alan Partridge

4 Roxanne – The Police

5 Traffic and Travel (jingle) – Various Artists

6 Coming Up Next (quote) – Alan Partridge

7 Cuddly Toy – Roachford

8 NNDNNBMM (jingle) – Various Artists

9 Couldn’t Get It Right – Climax Blues Band

10 Fact of the Day (quote) – Alan Partridge

11 Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago

12 Shape Autotune (jingle) – Various Artists

13 Bounce (featuring Kelis) (radio edit) – Calvin Harris

14 Welcome to Big School (quote) – Alan Partridge

15 Swede Love (edit) – Jakob Liedholm

16 Roll Out Pat Farrell (jingle) – Various Artists

17 Wide Eyed and Legless – Andy Fairweather Low

18 Siege Face (quote) – Alan Partridge & Jason

19 Pop Looks Bach – Sam Fonteyn

20 Do You Like Country Music? (quote) – Alan Partridge & Pat Farrell

21 Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell

22 Panic Attacks (quote) – Alan Partridge

23 Swingin’ Low – The Outlaws

24 I Am Bull Horn (quote) – Alan Partridge

25 The Partridge and the Poacher (jingle) – Alan Partridge & Martin Coogan

26 Enola Gay – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

27 Bryan Ferry – Alan Partridge & Sidekick Simon

28 Let’s Stick Together – Bryan Ferry

29 Lay Down A Rhythm Track (quote) – Alan Partridge

30 You’re The Voice – John Farnham

31 Kids (quote) – Alan Partridge

32 Number One Song in Heaven – Sparks

33 The White Light – Ilan Eshkeri

34 Mid-morning Matters (jingle) – Various Artists

35 Gaudete – Steeleye Span

36 Don’t You Want Me – The Human League

37 Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey

38 Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon

39 It Started With a Kiss – Hot Chocolate

40 Never Let Her Slip Away – Andrew Gold

41 Galloping Home (The New Adventures of Black Beauty) – Denis King and The South Bank Orchestra

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