Seona Dancing

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Seona Dancing
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Seona Dancing, 1983. L-R: Bill Macrae, Ricky Gervais
Background information
Origin London, UK
Genres New wave, synthpop
Years active 1982–1984
Labels London Records
Past members Ricky Gervais
Bill Macrae
Notable instruments
Synthesizer
Piano

Seona Dancing /ˈʃɔːnə/ was a 1980s British new wave group, best known for providing comedian Ricky Gervais with his first experiences as a public performer.

History[edit]

In 1982, in his final year as a student at UCL, Ricky Gervais and his friend Bill Macrae formed Seona Dancing, with Macrae writing the tunes and playing keyboards, and Gervais writing and singing the lyrics. After recording a sixteen-song demo tape, they were signed by London Records, which released two of their singles: "More to Lose" and "Bitter Heart". The singles failed to break the Top 40, according to The Independent; "More to Lose" charting at position 117 and "Bitter Heart" charting at 79 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] After the lacklustre performance of their two singles, the band split up in 1984.

Popularity in the Philippines[edit]

In 1985, a radio station in Metro Manila, Philippines, DWRT-FM (Then known as 99.5 RT, now 99.5 Play FM), started playing a song billed as "Fade" by Medium (also billed as "Medium" by Fade), which quickly became a favourite of many Filipino teenagers. DWRT-FM had mistaken the song title and artist name which prevented anyone from finding the record and playing it themselves. Additionally, to stop other radio stations from recording it and playing it, DWRT-FM inserted a station I.D. midway through the track. Eventually, another radio station revealed the identity of the song as "More to Lose" by Seona Dancing.[2]

Discography[edit]

  • 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) – UK No. 79[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnny Davis, The Independent, 2005, "Ricky Gervais: My life as a superstar" – retrieved on 2009-09-12
  2. ^ Michael Sutton on Allmusic
  3. ^ "Seona Dancing", Chart Stats, retrieved 2011-01-15