NEW - 23rd July
Alan Partridge & Gina Langland - ABBA Medley
Alan Partridge is a broadcaster who, at his peak, hosted a chat show on BBC television called 'Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge' (or KMKYWAP). Unfortunately for him, the show was not a critical or commercial success and was cancelled after one disastrous series, which culminated in him fatally shooting his final guest live on the air. Since then, he has faded into relative obscurity. A fly-on-the-wall documentary entitled 'I'm Alan Partridge' chronicled his return to radio in his native Norfolk. Since then, he has become one of North Norfolk's most successful and long-lived radio DJs, although his national fame is long gone. He gained some attention in 2013 when he was embroiled in a siege at his radio station, being heavily involved in negotiations with Pat Farrell, a former colleague of Alan's who took many people hostage. This garnered Partridge some national attention which he failed to capitalise on.
This song is from his 1994 chat show. One of his guests was the American pop superstar Gina Langland, and the two of them performed a medley of ABBA hits on the show. Gina, too, has faded into obscurity since her peak in the mid-90s - the very same night as the performance on KMKYWAP, she performed a sell-out show at London's Earls Court, but has not returned to those heights since.
This, then, is a unique opportunity to recreate that seismic performance, which features such ABBA classics as Thank You For The Music, Take a Chance on Me, Voulez-Vous, and snippets from a whole host of others. Partridge and Langland are backed by the show's house band, Glenn Ponder and Ferrari.
Okay, full disclaimer. This is a spoof performance by Steve Coogan and Rebecca Front, two fantastic British actors/comedians. Alan Partridge is Coogan's most successful creation. As for the custom, it's a lot of fun on vocals and Pro Keys, but fun just listening to it on any of the other instruments. This is one of my favourite TV moments ever - enjoy
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