Movie soundtrack albums always seem like the poor relations on the music shop floor, tucked away in a quiet corner alongside children’s animated TV series from the Seventies and comedies that no longer make anyone laugh. Would you buy one for yourself? No. The only time you’d buy one is as a stocking filler for a long-lost uncle coming for Christmas dinner.
This particular soundtrack, though, is a little different. Alan Partridge is one of those much-loved comedy shows which started off as cult, and then became mainstream, and has finally made it to the big screen.
The CD features tracks, jingles and dialogue from the film as well as bonus classic Alan Partridge tracks.
It works a little differently from your average movie soundtrack precisely because Partridge is a radio DJ (on Norfolk Digital radio) so, while playing this in the car on the way to work, still half asleep, you can almost forget it’s a CD and imagine you are tuned in to the breakfast show.
The line-up of tracks is eclectic to say the least. Opening with the strange, Gregorian chants of Koyaanisqutsi by Philip Glass we are soon brought down to earth by DJ Partridge, played by Steve Coogan, telling us about a radio interview coming up with the most suntanned boy in the country. Nothing that a call to social services won’t sort out, he quips.
The music is surprisingly good. There are some middle-of-the-roaders that have easily been forgotten over the years such as Chicago’s Hard To Say I’m Sorry, but equally there are some real corking tunes, such as Couldn’t Get It Right by Climax Blues Band and Let’s Stick Together by Bryan Ferry.
I suspect, though, that unless you are a die-in-the-wool Partridge fan, or just one of those people who watched the film almost by default and came away saying it was the funniest thing you’d seen in ages, you might tire of Partridge’s tongue-in-cheek jokes after a few listenings.
On the other hand, if you have an uncle visiting this Christmas who’s out of touch in general but who has a wicked sense of humour this would make a great stocking filler.
Oh dear, I can’t believe I’ve mentioned the C word already, and it’s only just September.