Is there no end to Larry Barker’s talents? Not content with
producing great ads, siring twin daughters and starting his stint as
D&AD president, BMP’s creative director is also a bit of a rock star, or
so he likes to think.
Having achieved fame in his hometown of Southend, that centre of musical
excellence, Barker’s band managed to secure a gig in the more glamorous
capital - at the trendy Spitz bar in Spitalfields market.
Barker was so excited at the prospect of playing somewhere decent for a
change that he sent an e-mail around the agency, urging staff to ’marvel
at/take the piss out of a grown creative director playing guitar in a
pop band’. He added: ’You will be relieved to hear that we are not some
grizzly bunch of old-style rockers, but really rather good. A bit like
if New Wave hadn’t become a ripple. (If you don’t know what New Wave is,
ask your dad!)’
Anyway, Barker certainly rocked on the night, proving his versatility by
playing guitar, keyboards and crooning into the flower-covered mike.
Said one fan: ’It was like a scene from Ally McBeal with everyone
dancing in suits.’