Entertainer, boss, friend, salesman, guitar teacher, TV Personality… Philanthropist.
There’s really nothing David Brent can’t put his hand to and the 19th August will see him feature in a full length film revealing the struggles bands face with “Life On The Road”. Because I can’t wait to see this when it comes out, I thought we’d look at the illustrious music career of Slough’s favourite showman come salesman from his in-house training day entertainment to self-produced singles.
In the training day episode of The Office, David Brent makes everyone aware that he used to front his own band, Foregone Conclusion and were once supported by a little-known Scottish outfit called Texas. This prompted him to return home to “get the guitar” to showcase this hidden talent and providing us with our first look in to his musical past with snippets of “The Serpent Who guards the Gates of Hell”, “Spaceman Came Down” and a full version of “Freelove Freeway”.
Stage, studio, training room; he can sing ANYWHERE.
Unfortunately, Brent was made redundant from Wernham Hogg, returning however for a Christmas Special where he made us aware that he’d used the redundancy money to release his own single, a cover of the Simply Red classic, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” where Brent was making a clear £1.00 profit on every single released by forming his own record label, Juxtaposition Records.
Always one to help out with charity where he can, Brent took time out of his walks for Mencap in 2013 and got back in the studio with rapper Dom Johnson to write, perform and produce political reggae anthem, “Equality Street”.
Wanting to share his wisdom to the world, Brent went on to release some guitar teaching videos which in my opinion; are…brilliant.
I for one can’t wait for 19th August to catch up with the Brentmeister General to find out how he and the band are getting on after all these years.
Oh, and let’s not forget the man has some bold & confident dance moves…
Words by Robert Smith(@robertmsmith)
PS. Yes, I’m aware that I’m doing a piece on David Brent who is a fictional character but he’s one of the most realistic we’ve ever seen on-screen and Ricky Gervais is a genius. That, and I think Gervais is too busy to do an interview with me as David Brent.