Cumbernauld beat combo Dead Man Fall have been suddenly catapulted to international fame – thanks to the patronage of Craig Ferguson and his celebrity friends William Shatner and Archbishop Desmond Tu-Tu.
Fellow Cumbernauld-ite Ferguson, in his final Late Late Show on American telly, roped in a bunch of stars including Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L Jackson, Larry King, Ted Danson, Jane Lynch, Lisa Kudrow and Quentin Tarantino to lip and drum-sync to Ferguson’s cover of Dead Man Fall’s ‘Bang Your Drum’, previously featured on Jockrock in June. The song has since gone to number 1 in the US iTunes rock charts.
When the band’s visa applications were rejected, the comedian (and former drummer with Peter Capaldi’s band The Dreamboys) instead had his team produce a video for the tune.
Ferguson had previously tweeted a link to the song in June, prompting frontman Des McCabe, foemerly of Odeon BeatClub and now a welding lecturer at Forth Valley College, to respond: “Yer some man Craig. We’re all originally Cumbernauld boys as well!”. The video was then broadcast during Ferguson’s final presenting stint before moving on to host syndicated game show ‘Celebrity Name Game,’ with James Cordenlined up for the the Late Late Show slot.