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:

 Discography

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)