Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2023 June 19 • Monday

In general I don't really like having clips of dialogue from the movie included in the soundtrack album. But the 783rd Soundtrack of the Week is a definite exception (as well as being a "jukebox" soundtrack, i.e., a collection of songs): Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

This movie was actually my first encounter with Alan Partridge but I've gone back and watched all (I think) of the television programs. He's an amazing creation and it's fascinating to watch how he's grown over the years.

If you've seen the movie, the soundtrack album is a fun reminder, alternating bits of Alan and radio station jingles with songs that are used in the movie, mostly (entirely) as played on the North Norfolk Digital radio station.

There's a certain Alan Partridge zone for the songs, which is kind of an unabashed quality to them, whatever they might be.

They range from "Cuddly Toy" by Roachford (a favorite song from the record and a great scene in the movie as Alan lip synchs along to it while driving) to Gaudete by Steeleye Span, from Bryan Ferry's "Let's Stick Together" to Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman".

Listen to it and you'll probably find yourself wanting to watch the movie again!