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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.

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.’



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