‘One of the few things that makes me angry is Abba’: Alex Horne’s honest playlist

Taskmaster’s creator is happy to belt out a tune when fronting the Horne Section. But what’s on his stereo when there’s no one around to judge him?

The first single I ever bought

The Loco-Motion by Kylie Minogue. My brother and I were both big Kylie fans and I still stand by it: she’s one of the true greats. Also I can relate to her, because I don’t think she can really sing.

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The song that is my karaoke go-to

I had to pick a song at [comedian] Ed Gamble’s wedding to sing first to encourage others, so I picked Disco 2000 by Pulp.

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The song I stream the most

The theme tune to Detectorists by Johnny Flynn. Don’t ask me why.

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The best song to play at a party

Turn Down for What by DJ Snake and Lil Jon. I’m Little Alex, so I like Lil Jon. Plus the music video is funny, and best played on a big screen.

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The song I wish I had written

Pretty much any song by Flight of the Conchords, but I’ll pick Business Time – we could never be as cool.

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The song I can’t help singing

Witch Doctor, but not the original 1958 version written and performed by Ross Bagdasarian under his stage name David Seville. I prefer the 2007 version sung by Alvin and the Chipmunks. It has always stuck in my head and pops out during inappropriate occasions, such as funerals.

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The song I say I hate that I secretly like

I was into metal as a teenager. Then I went on a gap year and a girl I had a crush onreally liked More Than Words by Extreme. I knew I was supposed to hate it, but I liked it. But they’re just not cool, are they?

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The song I can no longer listen to

One of the few things that makes me angry is any music by Abba. I’ll go with Mamma Mia, but it could be any song. Abba are so overplayed. My bandmates tell me they are the best pop group ever, and that makes me even more annoyed. Even the word “Abba” is annoying.


The best song to have sex to

Nothing with words; that’s too distracting. I’ll go for the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky. My wife and I bang it on all the time. The trick is to time it alongside the bit with the fireworks where the cannons go off.

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The song I want played in my funeral

The Horne Section have actually recorded a song to be played at my funeral, with Jessie Ware. Can I have that? If not, then I want the theme to EastEnders as the curtains are drawn.

Taskmaster is on Thursday, 9pm, Channel 4; the Horne Section are touring to December.


Rich Pelley

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