Monday, June 01, 2009

On the subject of Creed

I don't know if you've been watching "The Office: Blackmail" webisodes (the complete four-part series is now up), but they're worth it just for additional, albeit horrifying, insight into the man, the myth, the legend that is Creed Bratton.

Steve Hedgpeth, who used to be TV editor for The Star-Ledger, has continued his popular Ricky Retro column on his new blog, and today he has an entry looking back at highlights of Creed's real-life musical career and how it intersected with Jay Ferguson, composer of "The Office" theme.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just started watching these and in the first one Creed says, "Blackmail is such an ugly word, I prefer extortion." Didn't Bender say that exactly one time?

Ryan said...

I could see myself spending a day with Creed and throwing stuff into the Scranton quarry.

kathy said...

Fun column, though it makes me feel old that a) he needed to explain what "The Mod Squad" was and b) when I read "Jay Feugerson" in your original post, Alan, I immediately started singing "out on Thunder Island" in my head. (not mention I think I knew the answer to all of the Ricky Retro trivia...yikes).

Anonymous said...

Good call on the Bender thing. He said "Blackmail is such an ugly word. I prefer extortion. The x makes it sound cool."

MPH said...

Creed is definitely a character that is much funnier in small one-line doses but can't carry an episode when he is the focus, unfortunately.

Mark B said...

Long before Creed and long before Bender, it was Hawkeye and BJ who gave us those lines about blackmail and extortion.

Baylink said...

Oh.

You meant some character on a show I don't watch.

Not the *band* Creed, whom even Jesus hates. :-)

Otto Man said...

Creed's the guitarist from the Grass Roots?

That. Is. Outstanding.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that a post is up about the Blackmail webisodes. They're easily the best online series from THE OFFICE so far. And based on what they came up with, I have two predictions: the two writers (names escape me but they weren't on staff at Season 5's end) should get a chance to write for the big show in Season 6, and Mr. Novak is going to be as good at directing regular episodes as Paul Lieberstein has proven himself to be.

And Creed, as always, can do no wrong, even as the character can do no right.