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Pics of a young Ricky Gervais as gorgeous new romantic pop star emerge

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Ricky-Gervais-in-80s-bandTODAY Ricky Gervais is known as a pudgy Brit comedian and unlikely Hollywood A-lister.

 

But as our exclusive pictures (uncovered when the Newspuppy was clearing out his garage) show, it wasn't always like that.

Way back in 1983 Ricky was a skinny, angular, and rather handsome David Bowie wannabe in an aspiring New Romantic band called Seona Dancing.

Despite current mega-star status Ricky, now 50, was born into a working class family in Reading.

He managed to get a place at University College London where he studied philosophy and, in 1982, he formed a band with college mate Bill Macrae.

Macrae was the musician while Gervais provided the excruciating lyrics – which he now says make him 'want to crawl into a hole'.

Seona Dancing was a classic early 80s New Romantic band – all girly make-up, eye-liner, skinny ties, and big hair. The sound was over-produced, throwaway pop, delivered in an absurdly portentous manner.
 
Despite this, or perhaps because of it, Seona Dancing were quickly signed to London Records and released two singles – More to Lose and Bitter Heart.

Ricky Gervais said: “Seona Dancing was a pop group I was in that failed miserably

“More to Lose was our first single that got to 116 and Bitter Heart was the second that I think got to about 79.

“I think the video for Bitter Heart cost £400 and luckily we had an underground carpark for the day.

“It was awful but when you're 21 you can get away with anything though.”

After the band folded Ricky Gervais went on to take a job as an events manager at UCL before meeting Stephen Merchant at cult radio station XFM. The pair later went on to write The Office.

Read the excruciating lyrics to the two Seona Dancing singles below:

More To Lose Lyrics
We used to cry
About the day when one of us might fall
Weak and blindly into another's arms

Demands are gained from jealousies
Would flow like water drowning us
But leaving us with just another
Lover's false alarm

And now it's over
Both of us free
But I feel colder

A thousand tortured lives have fallen
Wounded dying cut down by the
Questions that we've sharpened
Just to save our losing days

We thought we'd nothing more to lose
We'd tear our hearts with jagged truths
And everything we'd hung to for so long
Just slipped away

And now it's over
Both of us free
And I feel colder

I was tired of thinking that
Our love can shine your thoughts
Of our arrangements
Were really not like mine

I thought it over
And it was plain to see the love you saidv You once needed
Could just not come from me

And now it's over
Both of us free
And I feel colder

And now we're moving to new beginnings
But as we move we looked once behind
To see what we might find out
Lost loves and old thoughts of our nights of winnings
That lunge, tear and grasp
at lost wanting minds

Bitter Heart Lyrics

You're losing out, now
You scowl and shout
Irrational accusations as I turn my head
Your threats and trials
My carven smiles
Revolts you in your torturous insecurities
With pleasured last goodbyes, I break the noise,
and we silently fly apart
I'll end the angered cries and the twisted joys
that rage in a bitter heart
Go on, hit me, do
I won't hit you
You'd love that too much, 'cause it means that they'd all hear
Tell them you're free and
Tell lies of me
I'm out of range now, so there's nothing more to fear
With pleasured last goodbyes, I break the noise,
and we silently fly apart
I'll end the angered cries and the twisted joys
that rage in a bitter heart
With pleasured last goodbyes, I break the noise,
and we silently fly apart
I'll end the angered cries and the twisted joys
that rage in a bitter heart


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