Seona Dancing

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Seona Dancing
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

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.


In 1982, in his final year as a student at University College London, Ricky Gervais and his friend Bill Macrae formed Seona Dancing, with Macrae writing the songs 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 with "More to Lose" charting at number 117 and "Bitter Heart" at number 79 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] After the lacklustre performance of their two singles, the band split up in 1984.

Gervais went on to have a successful international career as a comedian and actor, while Macrae has not made any real media appearance since. When Jimmy Kimmel asked about Macrae in an interview in 2014, Gervais said jokingly, "I hope he got fat too."[2]

Popularity in the Philippines[edit]

In 1985, DWRT-FM (then known as 99.5 RT, now 99.5 Play FM), a radio station in Metro Manila, Philippines, 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 deliberately misnamed the artist and song title to prevent 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 ID midway through the track. A year later, another radio station, DWXB-102, revealed the true identity of the song as "More to Lose" by Seona Dancing.[3]



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