Aha! Alan Partridge receives unlikely tribute from Kiwi band Ghost Wave

Auckland band Ghost Wave, who have named their album 'Radio Norfolk', Submitted

Auckland band Ghost Wave, who have named their album 'Radio Norfolk', Submitted - Credit: Submitted

One of Norwich's famous sons has received an unlikely tribute - from the opposite side of the world.

Alan Partridge played by Steve Coogan. Photo: Brian Ritchie/BBC

Alan Partridge played by Steve Coogan. Photo: Brian Ritchie/BBC - Credit: BBC

A band from New Zealand, has named its latest album 'Radio Norfolk', in honour of fictional radio host Alan Partridge.

Ghost Wave from Auckland, chose the name partly due to their love of Steve Coogan's iconic character.

Singer Matt aka Dr Billy, said: 'My dad is from the UK, so we grew up loving any British TV shows.

'My folks used to watch Knowing Me, Knowing You and I was also into that nine hour video of Alan playing air bass.'

However, the name isn't solely a link to the eccentric radio host - its name also derives from a street the singer used to live in with band mate Eammon aka Malcolm S.

He added: 'My favourite word is 'radio' and our working title for the LP was Radio Norwich, but because we working out of a flat on Norfolk St, Auckland, we changed it and it seemed tom make even more sense.

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'I'm always glad when people pick up on the reference though - I think only certain types of people really like Alan Partridge.'

The two-piece are now hoping they will be able to perform in the hometown of the character that inspired the name.

'I'd like to think we're building up to some kind of trip in the future,' the singer added. 'We've been to the States but never done Europe as a band.

'For what it's worth, I am more down with UK humour and personality types.'

'Radio Norfolk' is the band's second full length album, having released an album called 'Ages' in 2013.

The band have been together for six years, at one stage having five members before becoming a two-piece.

Peter Cooke, editor of BBC Radio Norfolk, said: 'We love the fact that Ghost Wave has named their new album 'Radio Norfolk'.

'Not only does this indicate the far-reaching fan base Alan Partridge has, but it also puts Norfolk on the global map.'

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