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Ricky Gervais in the 1980s - Seona Dancing

by Kevin Kelly, posted Feb 17th 2007 1:36PM
Ricky Gervais - then and nowWe've previously reported that funnyman and the star and creator of Extras and The Office Ricky Gervais was in a very short-lived pop group in the 1980s, but I recently uncovered a wealth of information on the subject that just had to be shared.

For those of you who might not know yet, Ricky Gervais was part of a pop duo from 1982 to 1984 called 'Seona Dancing' (shawn-uh, not see-own-ah). They released two singles ("More to Lose" and "Bitter Heart" - both wide b-sides) in the UK that climbed to numbers 117 and 70 on the charts, before they dropped into obscurity. However, in 1985 a DJ in the Philippines started playing "More to Lose", and it rocketed to the top of the Filipino music charts. According to the All Music Guide, "In one part of the world, Seona Dancing's "More to Lose" became an '80s anthem as ubiquitous as Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes."

With stories like that, pictures like this, and videos like these, this website continues to make my jaw drop in shock. I still can't believe that's Gervais at times, but I'm sure he got a wealth of material from these days to work with. Remember when David Brent released his own version of "If You Don't Know Me By Now" with his settlement money? Let alone all the times he breaks the guitar out.

Obsessive Seona fan Tania has built the entire website out of love, and she deserves to be commended. If nothing more than for finding these photos, and making me realize that Gervais looks a bit like a woman in these photos.

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he looks a bit like Morrissey too. A younger version, of course.

February 18 2007 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will Teullive

He looks like one of the Seagulls left by the rest Of the Flock!

February 17 2007 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm going to have to check that band out. He does look like a young Bowie. Bowie was a huge influence on the bands around thst time. Maybe that's why Bowie did Extras.

February 17 2007 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He so reminds me of a young David Bowie

February 17 2007 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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