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Never Forget: Ricky Gervais Was A Bonafide Pop Star In The Philippines Before The Office

He's definitely an entertainer first, a friend second and a boss third.<br />

Ricky Gervais is perhaps best known these days as the crass, unshaven bloke from Britain who makes offensive jokes for a living and created groundbreaking TV shows like The Office and Extras.

But before the politically incorrect gags at the Golden Globes, before The Office, and before that notorious ear-piercing, high-pitched laugh of his, Gervais was a bonafide pop star who rocked glittery eye shadow and no facial hair, had a six-pack instead of a beer gut, and who sung songs about heartbreak instead of tunes about picking up girls while driving across America.

Seriously.

The year was 1982 and Gervais decided to form a New Wave band with his pal, Bill Macrae, called Seona Dancing because that’s what bored uni students did back in the day apparently.

The duo dabbled in the synth-heavy, highly stylised pop sound that was all the rage of that era. Unfortunately for them, Seona Dancing released only two singles, ‘More to Lose’ and ‘Bitter Heart’, both of which failed to be more than footnotes in the history of the New Romance period of pop music in the 80s. Turns out doing the same thing as everyone else isn’t the recipe for success.

Despite the glam, the synths and Gervais’ surprisingly good voice, the best thing critics had to say about Seona Dancing was that they were “an obvious rip-off of David Bowie” and the duo broke up shortly after in 1984.

While Gervais later went on to create The Office, his pop star days weren’t over just yet.

In 1985, a DJ in Manila began playing a song on the radio called ‘Fade’ by Medium and it quickly caught fire among the New Wave-loving Filipino youth. It became a staple at New Wave parties all around Manila and unexpectedly became a source of happiness to all the young people who were disillusioned by the political and economical crises going on in the Philippines at the time.

It was later revealed that ‘Fade’ was actually none other than ‘More to Lose’ by Seona Dancing and the DJ in Manila had given it a made up name in order to prevent rival radio stations from tracking it down and playing it themselves.

So without any effort, Ricky Gervais somehow became a massive pop sensation in the Philippines after he had failed at doing it back home. Talk about failing your way upwards.

Seona Dancing continues to resonate in the Philippines, so much so that the Philippine Daily Inquirer interviewed Gervais in 2014 and all they chatted about was his status as a one-hit wonder in Manila.

Looking back on it, Gervais says he was glad that pop stardom didn’t exactly work out the way he wanted because it meant he could lose the slim bod, grow seedy facial hair, be funny and famous in another field that he excelled at, and live out whatever pop star dreams he once had as David Brent.

“I am living the pretend dream, through David Brent. That’s even more fun. I think rock is quite tongue-in-cheek, anyway. I am almost glad [being a pop star] didn’t quite work out.

“If I was a rock star when I was 20, I would be dead now.”

It’s almost a shame Seona Dancing never took off (other than in the Philippines) but getting shows like The Office and old photos of Ricky Gervais looking like, well, a David Bowie knock-off is a pretty good consolation prize.

Never Mind Robert Pattinson, We May Be Getting A Black Batman

Just do it.

The internet was equal parts outraged and excited when Robert Pattinson was confirmed to be the new Batman. However, that furor pales in comparison to a wild rumour that’s making the comic book rounds: DC may be giving us a Dark Knight who isn’t Bruce Wayne and is black.

Yeah. Amazing, right?

Now take this with a bat cowl full of salt but Bleeding Cool says a number “prominent sources” confirm that DC Comics plan on introducing a black Batman in 2020 leading into 2021.

As for who will be this rumoured new Caped Crusader, Bleeding Cool says it doesn’t know but it definitely won’t be Bruce Wayne or Duke Thomas (since he’s taken up the mantle of Signal recently). While theories have been tossed around, it’s likely DC will opt for a completely new character no one’s ever seen before.

Again, lots of salt should be taken with this rumour.

Should this all come to fruition – and here’s hoping it does – then it would be a massive step forward from DC since every incarnation of the Dark Knight so far has been white. No shade to Robert Pattinson, who will undoubtedly do a great job in Matt Reeves’ live-action Batman film.

It also means that a black Batman will also eventually spill over into the movie side of things, which will be a hell of a milestone for DC. We’ve already seen how well black characters have been integrated into the Marvel universe, not to mention a black/Latino Spider-Man with Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, so it’ll be great when DC finally takes this big leap.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though because DC has yet to comment on these black Batman rumours and who knows if Bleeding Cool‘s sources are solid.

But here’s hoping the comic book behemoth will follow up on the buzz by bringing us a Caped Crusader of colour because not only will that open up a treasure trove of interesting character and storytelling potential, the dream of seeing Michael B. Jordan suited up as the Dark Knight on the big screen at some point in the future just entered the realm of possibility.

Justin Bieber Can't Admit That Marriage Isn't Working For Justin Bieber

The first step to fixing a problem is admitting it.

It’s no secret that Justin Bieber has had his share of struggles over the last few years. Now he’s shared a long, soul-searching post to Instagram detailing what he’s gone through and how his marriage to Hailey Bieber has helped him.

The singer‘s note starts off well enough but everything goes a little weird when it gets to the marriage stuff towards the end. And let’s not even get started on the Jesus stuff in the very last sentence because that’s a Pandora’s box we don’t want to open.

There’s no denying that Bieber has had his share of issues ever since the fame spotlight shined on him when he was 14. It isn’t easy to be one of the most scrutinised people in the world and good on him for trying to find some direction in life in order to cope, honestly.

But here’s the thing Justin, you can’t blame everyone for your own actions. You have to take responsibility for all those times you did dumb stuff, like feuding with Marilyn Manson, picking fights with Tom Cruise and being an irresponsible pet owner.

More over, marriage isn’t the magical solution to your problems. Sure you may be leading fulfilling spiritual life and your marriage may be going well but that doesn’t fix every other broken part. Relying on someone else to fix you isn’t going to work.

And reading through the note, if you’re going through so much stuff right now and still figuring your own baggage out, is marrying Hailey really the wisest move at the moment?

The whole thing reads less of a reassuring message and more of a young man who is deluding himself from the truth of what’s going on in his life and the fact that his marriage may or or may not be the thing he needs right now.

With this note out in the open, here’s the thing we should all be asking of Justin Bieber right now: are you okay? Is everything alright?

You’ve been through a lot and we’re all hoping you and your marriage with Hailey is in a good space or at least heading towards it.

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