BEFORE HE WAS FAMOUS

AS SEEN OVER AT THE OLD BLOG ON 21 SEPTEMBER 2009

Take a close look at the sleeve, and in particular the bloke in the foreground. Vaguely familiar?

Yup, you’re right……it is top comedian Ricky Gervais.

Back in 1982, during his last year at University, Ricky, together with his mate Bill Macrae formed a synth-pop duo called Seona Dancing and set out to take the world by storm. Signed to London Records, the duo got no further than a couple of flop singles in 1983, neither of which troubled the charts. But they must have got played on the radio, as I wouldn’t have bought their debut effort without having heard it beforehand:-

mp3 : Seona Dancing – More To Lose (extended version)
mp3 : Seona Dancing – You’re On My Side

I’ve done a bit of research and discovered that More To Lose was classified as reaching #113 in the charts (I didnt know the numbers stretched that far), while follow-up Bitter Heart did marginally better, reaching #70.

JC

PS

The posting back in 2009 wasn’t the first time that I’d mentioned this synth-pop duo and it was triggered by an episode of Flight Of The Conchords when the boys changed their image thanks to hair-gel and I immediately thought of Ricky’s first efforts at stardom as can be seen from the promo to Bitter Heart:-

I was quite stunned when I went to Discogs to get a copy of the sleeve to accompany this posting to discover that a mint 12″ copy of this single, which mine almost is, can fetch about £150. Either there are a lot of folk looking for this piece of history or Ricky is buying up all available copies and destroying them!

3 thoughts on “BEFORE HE WAS FAMOUS

  1. Enjoyed this post. Looks like RG was always a chilled-out entertainer. He seems like a great guy – always giving a hand to animal rights organisations and other fine causes. What will you buy with the £150, JC?

  2. Ricky can have mine…I got it in the last chance bin of a record store in Manhattan in the late 80s. I think I may have listened to it once and it went in the various artists section of my collection. I am sure I still have it as the great record purge only went as far as Techno House before I thought better of the idea 12 years ago.

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