"I think we are rockstars. The fact that we've got a platform and go out there and say what you want as a stand-up, that's pretty close."
Ricky Gervais has looked back on his previous attempted career in the music industry, claiming that he feels more like a rockstar now than ever before. Watch our video interview with Gervais above.
Gervais and college friend Bill Macrae formed the new wave pop duo Seona Dancing in 1983, before they released two singles chart failures ‘Bitter Heart’ and ‘More To Lose’ – but the latter did become a hit in the Philippines.
While he also managed Suede before they found fame in the ’90s, it wouldn’t be until his role as David Brent in The Office and later Life On The Road that his music skills would reach a wider audience.
Asked by NME if he still harboured dreams of rockstardom, Gervais replied: “God, no. I think I gave that up at 28. I’ve got much more of a comedian’s face and body now. People said that after Life On The Road – just because I can play and sing. After Ghost Town people didn’t say ‘Oh, do you really want to be a dentist?’
“I think we are rockstars. The fact that we’ve got a platform and go out there and say what you want as a stand-up, that’s pretty close.”
He added: “It’s all ‘Look at me, look at me’. That’s why a comedian should be fat and old and ugly.”
Speaking of his work with Suede several years ago, Gervais said: “I did help this band out a little bit in the early years. When I told them I couldn’t manage them anymore, there were no tears, they didn’t beg – and that’s when their career really took off.”
Gervais’ new show After Life is on Netflix now.