Monday, 27 May 2013

Equality Street Competition - The Winners!

Back at the start of May we teamed up with Ricky Gervais and Posteritty to launch an exclusive Equality Street Competition. All you had to do is log onto youtube.com/rickygervais, watch the Equality Street music video and leave a comment in the box telling Ricky which part of the video was your favourite.

We were inundated with entries and, well, I'll let Ricky explain the rest:

"With literally thousands of comments about a 3 minute video, obviously many people picked the same moments.

The most popular bits seemed to be "Chinese Policeman" "Brent checking his watch" "Brent confused" "Gay kiss/just friends" and various Biddly Bongs.

In the end it had to be a random draw out of the most popular moments.

These three were picked at random.  Well done and thanks for entering to everyone." Ricky.

The three lucky winners will each receive an amazing Equality Street print from the guys at Posteritty, signed by Ricky Gervais and Doc Brown aka Brent and Johnson.

The prize from Posteritty

So, here are the winning comments:

Winner 1: Fran aka @franjapane
#EqualityCompetition All of it. But when Brent checks his watch in the background while Doc is singing. Poor Brent only wants to be in the spotlight and be popular showing everyone his best skill!

Checking his watch

Winner 2: Bob Rafie aka @bobrafie
#EqualityCompetition That look at 0:37 where David is like "that's not okay!". classic.

"That's not okay," thinks Brent

Winner 3: Frankie Lee aka @FranklyFraggle
#EqualityCompetition I play this vid whenever I feel fed up, makes me laugh every time. Fave bit is pointing out the copper roughing people up, not cos he's aggressive, but cos he's not white.

Brent and the Chinese Policeman

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. If you're a winner, I'll follow you on Twitter and send you a Direct Message requesting address details so we can send you your prize.

Don't miss the next installment of Learn Guitar with David Brent, coming to Ricky's YouTube channel on Monday, June 3rd. Make sure you don't miss out by subscribing now, simply click here. Remember, it's free!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Learning with David Brent

Since the release of episode one of Learn Guitar with David Brent, fans have already began picking up their six-strings to learn 'Life on the Road' with the cleaning products rep. With Brent's in-depth teaching methods, such as letting you teach yourself and showing us how our hands should look when playing the various chords (not B, forget B), we're pretty much ready to go, well, one person was anyway.

Yesterday afternoon I was tweeted by a fan who had uploaded a video to YouTube of himself playing the hit song with his acoustic guitar. I am assuming he is a complete novice who has never before picked up a guitar as I have complete faith in Brent's teaching methods. So here he is, one of Brent's students at work:




Are you learning guitar with David Brent? Have you mastered Life on the Road? Upload your video to YouTube and tweet me a link at @equalitystreet.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Learn Guitar: Life on the Road

Today sees the launch of the first in a series of new YouTube videos called 'Learn Guitar with David Brent' where you can learn how to play like the former office manager as he keeps his musical dream alive.

Launched by Ricky Gervais as part of YouTube Comedy Week, part one is all about a song that is based on Brent's chosen career of repping and is titled 'Life on the Road.'

David Brent - rep

Brent shows you the chords, plays you the new song and even gives some fantastic advice to budding guitarists:

"E, A, D, G, B, E. Who cares? What are you going to do with them? Whatever you like.... within reason."

He is the teacher, but in true Brent fashion, he says that "he's not not going to teach you, you're going to teach you." Considerate. And that's what makes Brent's latest venture so perfect. He doesn't really teach you anything; the cringe-worthy character has used the promo slot to promote his music, which is everything you would expect of him.

Gervais has certainly kept Brent true to form and we can see that he hasn't changed much in 10 years. Every part of this short video has been well put together; from "Sanitary Towel Dispensers" and "Urinal Lozenges" to the wonderful line: "I do know people that have mental illness and they are no fun to be around," it's classic Brent and the perfect follow-up to the Comic Relief mini-episode and Equality Street music video released earlier this year.

The lyrics to 'Life on the Road' are genius, the bumbling Brentisms are top notch and the facial expressions take us back ten years to The Office. If you were wanting to actually learn guitar with David Brent, and were a little disappointed, don't worry, one Twitter follower has done the work for the 'chilled out entertainer' and you can now learn the chords and the lyrics with the image below:

Life on the Road

Don't miss part two of 'Learn Guitar with David Brent,' which is out on The Ricky Gervais YouTube Channel on Monday, June 3nd. Make sure you subscribe to stay up to date!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Free Love Freeway Lyrics by David Brent

So, you’ve probably learnt the lyrics to Equality Street by now so as a treat, here are the full lyrics to the Foregone Conclusion smash hit, Free Love Freeway, written and performed by David Brent.


Pretty girl on the hood of a Cadillac, yeah....
She’s broken down on freeway nine.
I take a look and her engines started,
I leave her purring and I roll on by....bye bye

Free love on the free love freeway,
The love is free and the freeway’s long...
I got some, hot love on the hot love highway
I ain’t going home cos my baby’s gone.

A little while later, I see a senorita,
She’s caught a flat trying to make it home,
She says "Por favor, can you pump me up?"
I say "Muchos gracias, adios. Bye Bye."

Free love on the free love freeway,
The love is free and the freeway’s long
I got some hot love on the hot love highway,
I ain't going home cause my baby's gone.

Little while later I see a cowboy crying,
"Hey buddy, what can I do?"
He says "I lived a good life, had about a thousand women."
I said "Why the tears?", he says "cos none of them was you."

Free love on the free love freeway,
where the love is free and the freeway’s long...
I got some hot love on the hot love highway
I ain’t going home cos my baby’s gone.

With backing vocals from Gareth Keenan

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Equality Street Lyrics by David Brent

For those people that are yet to learn the Equality Street lyrics off by heart, then, well, you haven’t watched it enough times! But anyway, below is the song in its entirety so now you can sing along to the smash hit biddly-bong-song by Brent and Johnson!

Equality Street

Brent
Let me take you down Equality Street
You never know the people you meet
At the end of the street is a golden gate
It let in love, it don't let in hate, no

Walk with me down Equality Street
Do unto others and life is sweet
Books have no covers, just look right in
You're judged by your words, not the colour of your skin

Oh dayo, dayo, dayo, me say dayo
Biddly biddly biddly biddly biddly biddly bong yo...

Johnson
Yo, I'm like John Lennon
Except I do imagine there's a heaven
Somewhere, everyone is welcome
All my multicultural brethren
Where, hate is outdated
Today love's the word
Even for people from Luxembourg
Or maybe like some other countries that you might ignore
Tonga, never thought of in my life before
But if I met a guy from Tonga then we stop and we speak
In fluent Tongalese on Equality Street
Yep acceptance, see that Kenyan guy with mental eyes
He might be totally normal, you can't generalize
Black people aren't crazy, fat people aren't lazy
And dwarfs aren't babies
You can't just pick 'em up, they got rights
And anyway don't assume you could, they're not light
I learnt the hard way
Don't give a damn if you're Russian or you're Spanish
The comrades compadres
You could be a half gay woman with a dark face
One leg, no legs, long as you've got a heart
Hey, transgender, gay, straight, lesbians, whatever, whoever
Hey mate, let's be friends, we're just friends
I want you to be, where you're properly free
Obviously, it's Equality Street, believe
You know the deal there
Everything is real fair
Take a ride on my equal opportunity
Wheelchair yeah

Brent
Come with me down Equality Street
You never know the people you meet
At the end of the street is a golden gate
It lets in love, it don't let in hate, no
Equality Street
Equality Street
Equality Street

Biddly biddly biddly biddly biddly biddly bong sweet


Sweet

Monday, 13 May 2013

Learn Guitar with David Brent

If you watched The One Show tonight (13/05/2013), not only would you have seen Ricky Gervais getting a custard pie in the face, but you would also have seen a world exclusive clip of the first episode of 'Learn Guitar with David Brent.'


Gervais gets a custard pie in the face

The video series from The Office star launches on May 20th as part of YouTube Comedy Week and you can watch the official trailer at the top of the screen. In Brent's own words, the song in the preview, called 'Life on The Road' is "very personal to me because it's about my chosen profession of repping."


Learn guitar with David Brent

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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Exclusive Equality Street Competition

David Brent returned for Comic Relief earlier this year in a hilarious mini-episode that showed us a glimpse of his life ten years after we last saw the ‘chilled out entertainer.’ With rapper Dom Johnson (Doc Brown) under his wing, Brent wormed his way into his music video for the YouTube smash hit, Equality Street.

Brent is back!

With the song receiving more than 3,200,000 views on the new Ricky Gervais channel already, it has spurred on Ricky to create yet more Brent anthems. We've seen him perform Freelove Freeway in the first series of The Office, much to the annoyance of Rowan, heard about how his band, Foregone Conclusion, were supported by a little known Scottish outfit called Texas, and when Brent was made redundant from Wernham Hogg, he pumped his money into ‘If you don’t know me by now.’ The song flopped, as Gareth happily pointed out in The Office Christmas Special, but with Johnson on board, maybe Brent has finally hit the big time.

Equality Street has been added to DJ sets and topped the iTunes download charts, so to commemorate the success, we've teamed up with Posteritty, Ricky Gervais and Doc Brown to give away three exclusive competition prizes for the legion of Brent fans.

Posteritty have kindly donated three A3-sized framed prints of their minimalist Equality Street art, each of which will be signed by Ricky Gervais and Doc Brown.

Three framed Posteritty prints to be won

To win one of the three prints, all you have to do is log onto youtube.com/rickygervais, watch the Equality Street music video. Then, write #EqualityCompetition in the YouTube comment box (under the video), followed by a short message telling us which is your favourite part. You must end the message with your Twitter @name. For example:

#EqualityCompetition I laugh every time I watch Brent entering the video, doing the motion of a wheelchair when Johnson raps: “Take a ride on my equal opportunities wheelchair.” Ridiculous. @JohnSmith

Ricky Gervais will then choose the three winners after the closing date of Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 11:59pm.

There is no right or wrong answer, just your opinion. We just want a short comment – you don’t need to worry about writing long creative paragraphs. Short is… biddly biddly bong… sweet!

Terms and conditions: Only one entry per person is allowed. The judge's decision is final. There are no alternative prizes. Winners will be notified through Twitter, so you must have a live Twitter account to enter. The closing date is Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 11:59pm (GMT). Any entries received after this time will not be considered. Any entry deemed unsuitable by the promoter or the judge will be omitted at our discretion. No conversation will be entered into. By entering this competition you agree to your entry and your name appearing on equalitystreet.info. The winners will be announced after the closing date.