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05/02/04 11:33 AM
Ricky Gervais (The Office)  

"And now for one of my all-time favourites...David Bowie's Aladdin Sane. This won out of all the great Bowie albums, because it has melancholy beauty mixed with hope. Some would say this is pretentious but it's not - Robbie Williams is pretentious when he thinks he's writing profound lyrics and in fact he's just trying to find words that rhyme. Bowie is a brilliant singer, songwriter, musician...He's got it all. I just don't know what happened after 1985. Tin Machine? It's Robert Palmer. It's geezers with pony tails."

Ricky Gervais, The Guardian, 12 April 2002

05/26/04 11:57 AM
Re: Ricky Gervais (The Office) new [re: ziggfried]  

(when asked if the American remake of The Office will ruin his reputation)

"That's like David Bowie worrying about people covering his songs. There are terrible versions of Charles Dickens on the telly, but they don't say, "He's going downhill, that Charles Dickens." I've just compared myself to Charles Dickens and David Bowie. "He's not only an arrogant man, but a verbose bore.""

Ricky Gervais, Newsweek, 29 December 2003

white rabbit
10/26/04 04:44 PM
Ricky Gervais (The Office) new [re: ziggfried]  

In regards to the Bowie/Bing "Little Drummer Boy" duet:

"I think Bowie's about the same age now as Bing was then. The next time I see him, I'll tell him, 'You'd have to be the old one in that duet now.' I e-mail him now and again, because he loves The Office and I'm sure he gets Spin magazine. So if you're reading this, David, sorry to disturb you."

Itzkoff, D. (2004 November). Take this job and shove it. SPIN, p. 52

10/26/06 09:39 PM
Re: Ricky Gervais (The Office) new [re: white rabbit]  

"I was obsessed with David Bowie from the age of 18 to 25. "Letter To Hermione" is one of the most beautiful love songs of all time. Then he started singing about aliens..."

Ricky Gervais, GQ, January 2005

10/28/06 07:56 PM
Re: Ricky Gervais (The Office) new [re: ziggfried]  

Yes, there is something magical about the beginning of things. Take the first book that was written, "The Tale of Genji" and try to write something that improves upon it. Early Bowie is my favorite Bowie era.


02/14/07 04:34 AM
Re: Ricky Gervais (The Office) new [re: Atonalexpress]  

"He's a funny, dry, erudite bloke. I imagine him in a nuclear bunker in New York surrounded by TV screens like in The Man Who Fell To Earth. Most of all he is sweet."

Ricky Gervais, cited in The Observer, 31 December 2006

02/14/07 07:26 AM
Re: Ricky Gervais (The Office) new [re: ziggfried]  

NME: How did you manage to bag David Bowie?
Ricky Gervais: I met him at a charity concert. Obviously someone told him, 'That's the bloke out of The Office.' Then I got an email that said, 'I've watched, I've laughed, what do I do now?'
Stephen Merchant: So you tried to flog him the DVD and the book! Ha ha! David Bowie is a person of enormous fame and credibility. We used him [in the show] to accentuate the fact that he's everything Ricky's character isn't.
NME: Has Bowie a man who was so off his head he claims he can't remember an entire decade got a sense of humour?
Ricky Gervais: David Bowie is one of the funniest people you will ever meet. You forget that he's still David Jones from Beckenham. When he goes home he still kicks his shoes off and sits in his slippers watching telly...

NME, 16 September 2006

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