I’ll take that dingy, I’ll just get on a boat somehow and get over there. The Office Wrap Party in Scranton, PA. Creed Singing the song Rubber Tree. He regularly covers the Oscars and the Emmys, goes to Comic-Con and Coachella, reviews pop music, and conducts interviews with authors and actors, musicians and directors, a little of this and a whole lot of that. “They told me it was very funny, and then the writers just took it and ran with it.”. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in the small town of Coarsegold near Yosemite, California. “And it’s so ‘Creed’ — the character Creed from ‘The Office,’” he says of the topic of the tune. The band changed its name to the Grass Roots, which Bratton would record and tour with from 1965 through 1969. C: Well that’s it you know, people get together, people are either relieved or disappointed when they meet me because they want to see the character or they’re glad that I’m not because I’d be stealing from them or killing them or something. Creed in the Grass Roots. We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. A dead product of the 60s, Creed is older than all of the other employees. C: Yeah but towards the end, I remember I saw them too later on and they were starting to use pre recorded tapes though, which I y’know, and they didn’t have to do it because Rob, he’s such a great singer, He was, God bless him he’s gone now, but he had one of the great pop voices there’s no doubt about it. “I never imagined I’d get up in the position I’m in now because you have to understand for 30 years I was hand-to-mouth, really struggling, struggling, struggling. (Photo by Andrew Hreha). Or, contact our editors by emailing [email protected] M: As an actor, what was it like for you to play a character that was kind of yourself but not really? “And when this hit, you think, ‘OK, well, how long will it last? I got to go to work every day and laugh with my friends for about nine seasons, that’s as long as Seinfeld was on and now I’m not bragging it’s just a fact it’s the most downloaded show on Netflix still it’s insane. Pretty great. Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Jan. 14-21 While there, he spent a day hanging out with a couple of fellow travelers from Oregon. C: Oh it’s pretty cool I have to say, pretty cool. So I took my knife out and I cut that piece out and put it in the bottom of my rucksack.”. M: Do you have to worry about things like the corona virus and all that when you’re travelling around? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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So then I incorporate it into my set because I think the only (Grass Roots) song I would play when I was touring was ‘Where Were You?’ and ‘Live For Today.’, “I think anybody that’s a Grass Roots fan and knows that song is going to be very intrigued by that.”. “One day I’m just kind of learning the song, and I come up with this finger-picking part to it,” Bratton says. Please select the daily or weekly option as we post 4-5 articles a day. M: It was a place called The Red Creek in Rochester New York. C: It is and I know how beautiful it is down there, I met a lot of Kiwis and a lot of Aussies here and they’re all so much fun and I know I’m gonna get along with them just fine and it’s gonna be great, can’t wait. C: Oh my goodness, that was the best. I didn’t want to another of the contemplative ones.”. And they said absolutely so I recorded three songs with them and this album which will have a lot more uptempo songs that I ever recorded before, will be out by the time I get down to Australia and New Zealand on this tour. He parted ways with the band in 1970, but continued his passion and has released six solo albums up to the present day. He's taught one or two classes a semester in the journalism and mass communications department at Cal State Long Beach since 2006. American Bandstand 1968- Interview The Grass Roots - YouTube Dunhill Records secured the legal use of the name by releasing a record, which Lee never did. Found by Ed Truck, the Dunder Mifflin branch manager before Steve Carell’s Michael Scott, Creed was given a job and despite being horrible at it and so weird and intimidating that everyone decides to ignore him. Bratton met and befriended the Mojo Monkeys after catching a show at Ireland’s 32 in Van Nuys, later sitting in a few times with the rootsy trio who’ve backed artists such as Tower Of Power, Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson and Mike Ness. So that’s basically it, they’re gonna hear a lot of back stories about The Office, from the horse’s mouth as it were and then they’re gonna hear my original songs and what inspired them. Earned a master's degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. C: Yeah, so I loved the way he did his thing. Creed Bratton was a member of The Grass Roots from 1965-1969. As a member of the popular rock group The Grass Roots in the 1960s, Bratton appeared on numerous television shows, as well as in the Doris Day movie, "With Six You Get Egg Roll." If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. Creed Bratton is a character from the NBC sitcom The Office, played by the musician of the same name as a fictionalized version of himself. I always thank Greg Daniels for allowing me to do that on this show. The 2021 NAMM Show is free and virtual: Here’s what to see online “That was my premise,” Bratton says. Although we do not pre-screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. “Did one of you tell Stanley that I have asthma. “It totally changes it, because it’s a driving song. “I said, ‘Yeah, you’re right,’ and they said why don’t you make up a new one,” Bratton says. He is still an active musician, having released three albums of his work since leaving the Grass Roots, in 2001 and 2002. M: It is I love it and I just had to tell you, I’m a huge Grassroots fan because I’m at the right age so I can sing every song that you guys recorded from ’67 to ’72. Peter Larsen has been the Pop Culture Reporter for the Orange County Register since 2004, finally achieving the neat trick of getting paid to report and write about the stuff he's obsessed about pretty much all his life. For the new one, Bratton says he wanted to move people in a different way. Have you got a URL for this? C: Well his band, I went to the premiere, met the guys in the band, really hit it off with them and then we started talking and then my producer had produced that album, Dave Way my producer, so I said would you guys like to come in and maybe play some songs with me? He will not be allowed into NZ in June.Govt Rules. Bratton is the former guitarist and vocalist for American pop-rockers The Grassroots (Midnight Confessions, Where Were You When I Needed You) who then moved on to a career in acting with his most notable role as “Creed” in the American version of The Office. Creed Bratton is due to perform on June 2nd at San Fran in Wellington and in Auckland at Neck Of The Woods on June 3rd. I don’t know if you saw the movie Echoes In The Canyon that Jacob Dylan did about music from the Laurel Canyon and the sixties in L.A, the California sound, you know that one I’m talking about? I’ve always done both and it’s worked out so that’s as good, why would I rock the boat? “The next morning I wake up in a horrible hangover,” he says. Creed may be best known for starring as a fictional version of himself on nine seasons of the … The lead single, “Chan Chu Toad,” arrived after Bratton got curious about the ornamental toad that had occupied his house for years. And a dog named Buddy. Creed still relates to his years in the 60s while toking on the finest herb around; cannabis. Yeah so there we go. Sloan and Steve Barri under the direction of Lou Adler in 1966. Would like to see the details of these rules. C: I doubt it, I’m planning to come down. “It’s weird, a very odd song. He … “It’s unprecedented, right?” Bratton says by phone from his Studio City home recently. C: So it’s some fun stuff, this album will be called Slightly Altered. Listen in as the two of them talk about Creed’s days in the band, working on The Office and what we can expect from his variety show he will perform in Wellington and Auckland on June 2nd and 3rd. For “Slightly Altered,” Bratton reunited with producer Dave Way, whose resume includes albums by Fiona Apple, John Doe, and recently Louise Goffin, with whom he invited three talented bands to back him in the studio. “My liver is there, you know, drinking a cup of coffee, like, ‘Can I get back in your body now?’ And there on the table, I see a tablecloth. “Even though my computer didn’t work, I’m down below making notes, and then I shot it. “One day I was looking at the thing and I decided to look it up, what it was, and I started reading the story,” he says of the Chinese legend about a wife who steals an elixir of immortality from her husband and is turned into a toad. So music wise, what kind of stuff are you doing these days? Never forget the dog. I spent like a week writing little bits, once I was there on camera in the background,” he says. Bratton does a slowed-down arrangement that he first came up with before sitting in with other members of the Grass Roots for the Whisky A Go Go’s 35th-anniversary show in 1999. Marty Duda is the founder and musical brain behind The 13th Floor. Yeah, that’s basically the show. Their music has stood the test of time by appearing in numerous soundtracks and films since their heyday. I was a drama major in college, also played on the weekends to make money, I went off to Europe with a folk trio after college for two years, came back and played in a band but I also then started doing film and T.V and so I bounced back and forth between the two and people say well which one would you do if you had to drop one? As a character actor, decades of scuffling around Hollywood ended in 2005 when Bratton, who’d been hired as a background player on the new sitcom “The Office,” pitched a loosely fictionalized character based on his own life and ended up a fan favorite playing the hilariously strange quality assurance manager “Creed Bratton” for nine seasons. C: Oh you were aware? So the show will talk about my upbringing …… travelling around Europe, being in The Grassroots, and I’ll tell stories about being on The Office, cause a lot of songs especially in the later years, I wrote while I was on set of The Office waiting around for shoots, I’d go in the green room with my guitar and write these songs and they would just come to me, that’s the way it works. I’ve done both like I say I started out at high school doing the plays. M: George Gobel is a name I haven’t heard in a long time. “Young boys who weren’t so cool would come up to go, ‘Hey Urrrrrp-moed!’ and put their finger down their throat so that they’re throwing up,” Bratton says. Bratton focused on acting after leaving the Grass Roots in 1969, frustrated by their management’s reluctance to let the band write and record more of their own material. I’ll put the mic underneath my little hazmat suit and perform, It’ll be fine. The group frequently hit the Billboard charts until the early 70's with several lineups of musicians. 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Creed Bratton is also the name of the actor who played the character, though there's much more to that story (see below). C: Well, you may not know this, but the 13th Elevator is the band from Austin, a very psychedelic band, but in L.A, I was in the 13th Floor. He covers “Temptation Eyes,” a single the band released after Bratton left the band. “I signed, ‘Creed Bratton,’” he says. “I don’t know what I did right but I obviously did something right for that to happen,” he says. He attended the College of the Sequoias and Sacramento State College as a drama major. C: Well, I don’t know if you heard the last album I did called While The Young Punks Dance. He’s quite a hyped up version of who I am as an individual, I’m more of a introspective, quiet type actually and he was very hyped up you know, I always referred to him as a cracked tuning fork, he looked like he was philibrating… coming off the edge somewhat. M: And every song was a hit, it was incredible. 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