80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Seona Dancing (Ricky Gervais)

The most fun and interesting thing about researching criminally underrated artists and bands for this weekly feature is the amazing facts that I uncover. Amazing to me, because prior to writing these short posts, I know very little other than what I have heard of the music via David Marsden or Ed-FM.

This week’s entry has a bit of a twist. I spend most of my time listening to music and doing research, when I am not working. The time spent in front of the tube or in the movies is very minimal; because of this, I am not very savvy about actors, movies, TV shows, etc. But, I have moved up a notch in my knowledge base thanks to Seona Dancing.

Seona Dancing formed as a duo in the UK in 1982, consisting of Ricky Gervais and Bill Macrae. They were signed early on by London Records and released two New Wave/electropop singles: “More to Lose” and “Bitter Heart.” Even though this duo had a great 80’s-centric sound, the singles didn’t fare well in the charts.

The shortlived pairing broke up in 1984. Gervais went on to a lucrative comedy and acting career, spanning both TV and film. Macrae went on to sell records. The sad news for the music-listening public is that the duo only made one demo tape containing sixteen songs.

Seona Dancing music can be purchased on 80’s compilation records here.

“Bitter Heart” via YouTube user joelzaar:

“More To Lose (12” mix)” via YouTube user mandaluyongboy:

“You’re On my Side” via YouTube user Antelope6:

“Tell Her” via YouTube user Antelope6:


1983 – “More to Lose” b/w “You’re on My Side” (7″ and 12″ singles)
1983 – “Bitter Heart” b/w “Tell Her” (7″ and 12″ singles)

4 thoughts on “80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ Seona Dancing (Ricky Gervais)

  1. Great post MissP, I was very curious to the post this week with your “hints” LOL. I am hoping that demo tape somehow gets remastered as I think they should have done well.




  2. ((((((((((Ed)))))))))) – wow, you are “Johnny-on-the-spot” today! 🙂 Thank you for the kind words…and all of the great inspiration for the Criminally Underrated series. Your show ***ROCKS***!



  3. Hi MissP,
    Seona Dancing are very popular among new wave enthusiasts in the Philippines. More To Lose is always played in every radio show which plays 80s New Wave/Synthpop during weekends. I wasn’t aware of their demos and hope it surfaces somewhere. Apparently, from what I’ve read somewhere, Ricky G has heard about his group’s popularity in our country and mentions he likes Filipinos because “they have good taste in music”.
    THANKS for this GREAT POST!



  4. ((((((((((McDoc)))))))))))))

    Thank you once again for the kind words! Yes, in my research, it was mentioned that the Philippines had some very dedicated Seona Dancing fans. I have to agree with Ricky Gervais – people there have *excellent* taste in music. 🙂

    So wonderful to hear from you – hope all is well with you and your family.



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