Do you remember Seona Dancing, Ricky Gervais’ 80s band? Nah, me neither

For a few short years in the early 80s, Ricky Gervais was a budding popstar. The duet he had with Bill Macrae was called Seona Dancing? Ring a bell? No, it comes back to blank with everyone.

Seona Dancing has released two singles. Neither made an impact but the first “More To Lose” was a hit in the Philippines. Word on the street is that “More To Lose” was as important as Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” or Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” to Manila teenagers at the time.

The second and final single “Bitter Heart” did better in the UK than the first. It broke into the Top 100 reaching No. 79 in 1983.

Seona Dancing is not on Spotify but you can find it on YouTube.

Gervais and Macrae formed Seona Dancing in 1982 while students at University College London. Ricky sang, Bill played keyboards.

To put Seona Dancing into perspective, the biggest selling hit of 1982 in the UK was “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. It was the year Culture Club had their first ht with ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’, Yazoo broke up with ‘Only You’ and ‘Don’t Go’, ABC, Haircut 100 and Soft Cell were one thing and Duran Duran, Human League and Adam Ant were some of the biggest bands on the planet.

Ricky Gervais told Time in 2017 that he was glad he didn’t become a pop star because he would be dead by now. If I had become a pop star, there wouldn’t have been ‘The Office’ or ‘After Life’ either.

No one seems to know what happened to Macrae. Word is that he works in IT. When Gervais was recently asked about him on TV, his response was “I hope he’s gotten bigger too”.

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