Ongoing History Daily: Before there was “The Office,” there was this band

Ricky Gervais is making loads of money from all the spin-offs of the original version of The Office.  There’s also Extras, After Life, his movie roles, his podcasts, and his stand-up. But before all this, he was a musician and wannabe manager. 

In the early 80s, he was in a band called Seona Dancing.  They had a record deal and released a couple of singles, one of which–something called “More to Lose”–was big in the Philippines. 

For a very brief time, Gervais was the manager of Suede, one of the early Britpop bands. And then he became a music advisor to a BBC show, which was his way into the network and the production of The Office.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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