The nineties were the dawn of possibility; anything and everything seemed achievable, whether that be Jet from Gladiators hosting a millennium barn dance at the Yeovil aerodrome or monkey tennis. The money was flowing like a fine yard of ale and the world was in the palm of our hands like a snowglobe pre-pedestrianised potential.
In this wild golden age of mayhem, north Norfolk’s premier daytime disc jockey, Alan Partridge, even got to face up to the era’s biggest rock star, Noel Gallagher, for Comic Relief, and he was even joined by former Milky Bar Kid, Simon Pegg.
For our non-UK based readers who perhaps don’t know who the God of corporate dinner parties is, allow me to provide a flavour via his perfect days out. Firstly, he’d take an Apache helicopter, the premier military killing machine, and therefore he says: “I’d just like to fly [the] helicopter all around Norfolk. You know, swoop down over a field. Scare a donkey so that it falls into a river. Hover over one of those annoying families that go on holidays on bikes. And shout at them ‘get out of the area!’ and watch them panic!”
And if you’re still struggling to grasp the essence of the guy then perhaps his poetical view of the world might paint a clearer picture: “Snowflakes fell,” he once wrote, “From the sky like tiny pieces of a snowman who had stood on a landmine.”
For those who think that Noel Gallagher’s time, during a period when he was most certainly Europe’s biggest musician, would’ve been better spent with a more conventional disc jockey would do well to note that the singular way in which Partridge see music often bangs the nail on the head.
Take his view of Joni Mitchell’s classic ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ for instance: “A song in which Joni complains they ‘Paved paradise to put up a parking lot’, a measure which actually would have alleviated traffic congestion on the outskirts of paradise, something which Joni singularly fails to point out, perhaps because it doesn’t quite fit in with her blinkered view of the world. Nevertheless, nice song.”
Couple that with his highly perceptive take on a U2 classic, “‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’. What a great song. It really encapsulates the frustration of a Sunday, doesn’t it?” and his undoubtedly correct championing of the great Beatles record “The Best of The Beatles,” and you soon realise he is one of the sharpest minds in music.
Please enjoy the meeting of his mind with Noel Gallagher back in his heyday and the sneaky introduction of Simon Pegg to the world, long before he was achieving the impossible with Tom Cruise.