It’s been more than 10 years since BBC2 aired the last original episode of The Office. But Ricky Gervais’ character of David Brent, the bumbling manager of the Wernham Hogg paper company has lived on. Fans of the original Gervais series know that Brent was also a wannabe musician. And we’ve been reminded of that somewhat recently by a series of online guitar lessons given by Brent, himself– not to mention a string of live tour dates with Brent and his band Foregone Conclusion. Simply titled Learn Guitar with David Brent, each lesson video features Gervais embodying the character and playing some true-to-life damn good music. Brent/Gervais has blessed us with ditties like “Life On The Road,” “Spaceman Came Down” and “Slough.” That last one holds a special place in Brent’s heart.
“This song is about my favorite pace in the world– my town, Slough,” Brent announces before playing the song for his YouTube audience. “Much maligned by people who have never been there, to be honest…Everyone’s entitled to their opinion but know what you’re talking about please.” Well, just a few hours ago Gervais uploaded a proper studio demo version of the song and I have to say, I’m a huge fan. Check out the song, which boasts the chorus “Oh, Slough/my kind of town. I don’t know how/anyone can put you down,” below!
The great thing about Gervais’ ongoing musical project is that it’s truly ongoing. In early August it was announced that the BBC2 would back a full-length feature film called Life on the Road, which will follow Brent and his band Foregone Conclusion 15 years after Brent was forced to leave his career in the paper business. “He thinks it’ll be like Scorsese doing the Rolling Stones, but we’ll show the full horror,” Gervais has said about Life on the Road. “He’s had to take two weeks off work and cash in his pension, because the session musicians in the band are costing him more than he’s getting in ticket sales.”
Life on The Road will be filmed in documentary style, the way in which most of Gervais’ screen projects are done. Production is set to begin sometime in 2015.