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Before They Were Stars: Revisiting Peter Capaldi and Craig Ferguson's Punk Band, The Dreamboys

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | November 13, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | November 13, 2014 |

When Peter Capaldi was announced as the 12th Doctor (or 13th, depending on how you count), one of the first things we found out about his past was that he was once in a punk band with Craig Ferguson called The Dreamboys (formerly, “The Bastards from Hell.”) But even before that Peter Capaldi — during promotion for The Thick of It movie, In the Loop — appeared on Ferguson’s show and they talked at length about the band. Ferguson was the drummer, and Capaldi was the singer and he wore a magician’s jacket, which ironically is kind of what he wears as The Doctor.


They also mused about whether or not the acid they took one night way back in the day had worn off yet, and then they charmingly bickered for much of the rest of the segment (via Emmalita):

Capaldi also recently spoke about the band on the Graham Norton show, and how — because of their name — they were confused for strippers (which actually makes a lot of sense).

Anyway, with Ferguson leaving next month, and Capaldi wrapping up season one of Doctor Who, I got sucked into the Dreamboys rabbit hole, and I’ve resurfaced with a track from one of their albums. It’s not bad, either. Capaldi has a bit of an early Elvis Costello-like voice, but the production is kind of sh*t.

Here’s a few images to glance at while you listen to the song.

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What many people do not know, however, is that while playing in a punk band, Ferguson two-timed his band members and moonlighted in a cheesy cover band that played, among others, Neil Diamond songs because you couldn’t make money playing punk rock (at 1:30).

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