Ricky Gervais reveals playlist of David Brent’s favourite tracks

Actor reprises 'The Office' role for new film 'David Brent: Life On The Road'

Ricky Gervais has revealed his Office character David Brent’s favourite music.

Gervais reprises his role of Brent for upcoming movie, David Brent: Life On The Road, which opens in UK cinemas this Friday (August 19). The film sees Brent pursuing his dream of making it as a rock star, touring in his band The Foregone Conclusion.

In a piece for The Guardian, Gervais compiles a playlist of tracks that “inspire” Brent, including three of Brent’s own songs.


Writing as Brent, he says of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets Of Philadelphia’: “Even though this is a song about a bloke slowly dying of Aids, Bruce keeps it upbeat and catchy. That’s why he’s the boss.”

Of Brent’s own ‘Ooh La La’, he says: “This is a song about driving across America, picking up chicks on the way. They say you should write about what you know, and I know I would like to do that one day.”

See the full list of Brent’s favourite tracks below.

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Streets of Philadelphia’
David Brent – ‘Slough’
Des’ree – ‘Crazy Maze’
David Brent – ‘Ooh La La’
The Police – ‘Every Breath You Take’
David Brent – ‘Lady Gypsy’
Tracy Chapman – ‘Fast Car’
Suzanne Vega – ‘Luka’
Bob Marley – ‘No Woman No Cry’
Mike + the Mechanics – ‘Living Years’

Ricky Gervais is the latest cover star of the free NME. Read the full Gervais NME interview here.