"Bitter Heart"
Single by Seona Dancing
ReleasedSeptember 1983[1]
GenreNew wave, synthpop
Length3:58 (7"), 6:36 (12")
LabelLondon Records
Songwriter(s)Ricky Gervais, Bill Macrae

"Bitter Heart" is a song by British new wave duo Seona Dancing, released as a single in 1983. It is a David Bowie-style new wave pop song, sung by a then-unknown Ricky Gervais with synthesizers provided by Bill Macrae. The song peaked at No. 79 on the UK Singles Chart, and remained in the top 100 for 3 weeks.[2]

Music video

A video was made in 1983. It has had considerable play in recent years on talk shows interviewing Gervais and has been played on "'80s flashback" shows. The video is most known for Gervais looking almost exactly like David Bowie. The plot of the video is a girl in a wedding dress who was about to get married and has just had her husband leave her, after which she becomes angry and destroys most of the objects in the room.

2012 cover version

In August 2012, British pop group Super 8 Cynics released a cover of the song through Manchester record label Longevity Records.[3]


  1. ^ "45cat - Seona Dancing - "Bitter Heart"/"Tell Her"". 45cat.com. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  2. ^ https://www.officialcharts.com/artist/21031/seona-dancing/
  3. ^ "Signed Super 8 Cynics will record Ricky Gervais track as first single". www.chorley-guardian.co.uk.