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Time to slip on the calfskin driving gloves, fire up the Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 Turbo and give the soundtrack to the new Alan Partridge film a spin.

The choice of songs for Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa bears the attention to detail that has elevated Steve Coogan’s comic creation to the highest ranks of comedy genius, ranging from such quintessential Alan-isms as “Roxanne” by The Police to the weirdly apt likes of Philip Glass’s “Koyaanisquatsi” (whose title sounds like the DJ lapsing into one of his distressed passages of nonsensical babble on his “Mid-Morning Matters” programme on North Norfolk Digital radio station).

Best of all are the dusty hits that lie embedded in the Partridgean consciousness, such as Roachford’s “Cuddly Toy” – the perfect 1980s blues-rock accompaniment for the clenched fist salute to the middle manager in the Ford Mondeo whom you pass at speed on the A1 near Stevenage.

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Soundtrack

(Rhino UK)

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