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Top Ten Tunes

Parminder Nagra


Laaadies and Gentlemen! Tonight in the Two Paddocks Dayglo 24/7, shaking her stuff on our pulsing dance floor, exquisitely reflected a thousand times in the TP mirror ball, all the way from Alcatraz, First Class courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Airlines (the canapés are literally lighter than air), a surprise and a delight – the lovely and super talented Parminder Nagra. In January you will see her luminescent on Fox in Alcatraz. You know her best from Bend it Like Beckham and as the longest serving cast member in E.R. (seven years – heroic) with any luck you may have seen her in the heaps of other theatre and film she has made ... but we know her best from cocktails and vino after work. A great team member, a funny friend, a devoted mother, a fabulous actor and dammit ... a bona fide Star. Here she is, with a bunch of songs she promises will be a surprise ... All the way from Leicester via Los Angeles directly here in living colour and surround sound ... the all singing, all dancing, all outrageous ... Parminder Nagra!

  1. Good Life - One Republic

    This song just reminds me of travel, friends, and about reminding you too be optimistic and inspiring about your life. Fills me with joy. Also a great running tune.

  2. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

    A funky fun tune that for some reason reminds me of London ... I was filming 28K at the time. (A new indie I did this past spring.)

  3. Rhythm of Love - Plain White Ts

    Another great running tune. This song just makes me happy.

  4. Neelay Neelay/Only You - Penn Masala

    Penn Masala is the world's first and premier Hindi a cappella group, formed in 1996 by students at the University of Pennsylvania. This brings together my two worlds. Fusion of two great tunes.

  5. Teri Ore - Rahet Fateh Ali Khan, Shrey Goshal

    Together with my brothers and sister we have probably listened to this song a hundred times, it is just truly beautiful.

  6. Salaam-E-Ishq - (From Salaam-E-Ishq) - Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam, Sadhana Sargam, Shankar Mahadevan & Kunal Ganjawala

    If you want to keep your hips swinging this Bollywood song will be sure to keep your toes tapping. For some reason if I'm cooking in the kitchen I can't help but start dancing.

  7. Quiet Town - Josh Rouse

    I am winding down my top ten with Josh Rouse. He makes me feel sentimental ... in a good way. Reminds me of home and travel, and life now.

  8. Where Do You Go (To My Lovely) - Peter Sarstedt

    Darjeeling Limited is one of my favourite movies. I love the character in this song. Sort of tragic. Romantic. Jason Schwartzman's reaction to this song just makes it feel even more tragically romantic.

  9. 1963 - Rachael Yamagata

    Just love love love her voice. Deep and sultry. This song is also very romantic.

  10. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

    This song I remember from ER and is such a wonderful take on this song.

Wow ... what a top 10, with all kinds of places to go that you never thought of previously. Salaam-E-Ishq if you don't know how much crazy, sexy, psychotropic, giddy, sentimental, exhilarating fun Bollywood can be here is a really good place to start. Parminder Nagra is the only other fan I know of Rachel Yamagata, apart from myself. And the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- that huge man with the sweet high voice and the tiny ukulele -- almost impossible not to be moved to tears by this, especially if you have spent any time in Hawaii.

Anyway, all of us inmates of Alcatraz love working with Parminder, and all us Dayglo lot are thrilled to have her here, in 3D and completely gorgeous, a fantastic Top 10, ... give it up, with thanks and deafening applause ... for the splendid ... Parminder Nagra!

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