M: Do you have to worry about things like the corona virus and all that when you’re travelling around? I’ve done both like I say I started out at high school doing the plays. Or, contact our editors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. C: Oh you were aware? I’ve always done both and it’s worked out so that’s as good, why would I rock the boat? He … One can assume that he correctly identifies the strain of cannabis (\"Northern Lights\" Cannabis indica) in a picture Dwigh… A three-legged feng shui toad inspired the first single off Creed Bratton’s new album “Slightly Altered,” but that’s definitely not the only time good fortune has smiled on the singer-songwriter and actor. Bratton, W 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. 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. It’s more of a folky album, more of an introspective album, very acoustic and not a lot of band stuff. As lead guitarist for the Grass Roots in the late ’60s, Bratton was part of the psychedelic pop/rock band’s peak period when singles such as “Midnight Confessions” and “Let’s Live For Today” cracked the Top 10. C: Fantastic. 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. • The name Grass Roots was used sporadically by Arthur Lee of Love, in the Los Angeles area. ‘ Cause I don’t. 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. It’s like Steely Dan meets I don’t know what.”, The opening track on the album, “Mose Was a Runner,” is also a nod to “The Office,” inspired partly by the departure of writer-producer Mike Schur — who played the often-running, always weird character Mose Schrute — to launch “Parks & Recreation.”. 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? “The original premise was that Creed from the Grass Roots stayed wild and crazy,” Bratton says. So music wise, what kind of stuff are you doing these days? Creed still relates to his years in the 60s while toking on the finest herb around; cannabis. “I wanted to get up and dance. Mysterious, eccentric, good-hearted, and downright talented are all words that have been used to describe actor and musician Creed Bratton over the years. C: Oh it’s pretty cool I have to say, pretty cool. American Bandstand 1968- Interview The Grass Roots - YouTube 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. Shop high-quality unique Grass Roots T-Shirts designed and sold by artists. “Even though my computer didn’t work, I’m down below making notes, and then I shot it. 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. C: So it’s some fun stuff, this album will be called Slightly Altered. “Everyone looked like, ‘What the hell?’ I said, ‘This is my new name.’ At that moment, the ‘odd Creed’ reputation started happening.”. “It totally changes it, because it’s a driving song. 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. “It’s weird, a very odd song. “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. Creed Bratton is a fictional character from the NBC sitcom The Office, played by the musician of the same name as a fictionalised version of himself. 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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. When his father was killed during World War II, his mother remarried and now he was Chuck Ertmoed, which wasn’t an easy name for an elementary school boy to carry. C: I always did both. He's taught one or two classes a semester in the journalism and mass communications department at Cal State Long Beach since 2006. M: George Gobel is a name I haven’t heard in a long time. 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. Yeah so there we go. “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. Creed Bratton was a member of The Grass Roots from 1965-1969. “To get to be in a hit band and on a hit show? Yeah, that’s basically the show. Or, read a transcription of the interview here: C: What is the 13th Floor, it says here next to your name? She Rocks Awards go virtual (and free) in 2021 with The Go-Go’s, Nancy Wilson and more Would like to see the details of these rules. Somehow managed to get a lovely lady to marry him, and with her have two daughters. When “The Office” began, Bratton wasn’t guaranteed he’d ever get any lines; he was there just to sit at a desk and help create the illusion of a full 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. M: Yeah, it’ll be fine. M: And you’re gonna be here at the beginning of June it looks like, so ……. “The next morning I wake up in a horrible hangover,” he says. Strange waters run deep, it seems: long before he landed at Dunder Mifflin, the real-life Mr. Bratton had a thriving career as a rock and roll guitarist in the 1960s-era bands the 13th Floor, and the Grass Roots (whose enduring feel-good anthem “Let’s Live For Today” was a Top 10 hit in 1967). Creed Bratton's talent for acting and music began at a young age. I mean The Grassroots was fun but this was a life changer, The Office, I mean how lucky, you work as an actor for years to get a shot on a TV show or a movie and I’ve done some little TV shows here and there and a couple of good movies and stuff but The Office, just yeah. He attended the College of the Sequoias and Sacramento State College as a drama major. He is depicted as an elderly man working in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of Dunder Mifflin Paper as a quality assurance director. Creed may be best known for starring as a fictional version of himself on nine seasons of the … But no, I will come unless of course I mean, my God, and I hope this is not gonna happen, what if it gets to be June and there’s quarantines and they stop all, it could happen. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda (who is a huge Grassroots fan) spoke to Creed Bratton a wee while ago before the Corona virus hit hard. 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. Creed Bratton, Actor: The Office. Creed Bratton is also the name of the actor who played the character, though there's much more to that story (see below). The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda (who is a huge Grassroots fan) spoke to Creed Bratton a wee while ago before the Corona virus hit hard. Former members of The Grass Roots were part of a 35th Anniversary celebration at the iconic Whisky in Los Angeles, California. His 2018 album, “While the Young Punks Dance,” was an introspective, gentle set of songs. “I don’t know what I did right but I obviously did something right for that to happen,” he says. Well listen, I’ve got years, this is before The Office, every month I was working doing all kinds of odd jobs y’know staying in class, study and acting doing what you do as an actor and musician and I was still cutting my own solo album with my friend Henry Louis, Joni Mitchell’s producer and then Peter White working with him also and I was playing in this club and this guy came up to and Paul Downey and he had been in Herman’s Hermits and he said he was doing a show with Joel Larson who is the original drummer from The Grassroots and Virgil Weber and they were playing and Rob wasn’t gonna do the show and Warren didn’t want to do the show and they needed someone to sing the songs and I hadn’t done The Grassroots song in years so I said, ‘Well, alright I’ll go check it out,’ so I met them and we were rehearsing and when we were doing Temptation Eyes I realised that was the song that they recorded right after I left the group and I said, ‘You know, I love this song’, so on this last album which will be out by the time I get down there to do New Zealand, the album is called Slightly Altered and I do, on that I do a very, very strange and beautiful rendition of Temptation Eyes with a trombone solo of all things. Dunhill Records secured the legal use of the name by releasing a record, which Lee never did. M: Makes no sense at all. M: As an actor, what was it like for you to play a character that was kind of yourself but not really? The Office star Creed Bratton on LSD, his love of Katy Perry and the power of an E chord The star of The Office and one-time Grass Roots guitarist remember dropping acid at the Miami Pop Festival, why he doesn’t regret selling his ’52 Tele, and why he isn’t going to tell the guitar companies what to do. “He had a blackout period, he ended up on a Greyhound bus, next thing he knew he’s passed out in a dumpster in Scranton.”. Music is life! M: It was a place called The Red Creek in Rochester New York. 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. C: What could happen what is the worst that could happen? 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. He grew up, in order, in California, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oregon. Creed Bratton, musician and actor from the NBC sitcom "The Office," walks down memory lane remembering an acid trip with The Grass Roots. 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? My motivation of course physically was Jacque Tati facial, Jack Benny, George Gobel, people like that back from the ….. I’m old, I’m an old guy so those are the people that inspired me. “I told them that I had this vision, I saw myself up on stage playing guitar, and I said I see myself being very successful doing this,” Bratton says. He covers “Temptation Eyes,” a single the band released after Bratton left the band. C: Well, I haven’t been travelling because of it and I was coming down there before but the fire thing hit and that stopped it because it was right then. “Slightly Altered” is the ninth solo album by Creed Bratton, whose credits including acting in all nine seasons of “The Office” and a stint in the late ’60s with the classic lineup of the rock group the Grass Roots. And a dog named Buddy. Photo of Creed in The Grass Roots for fans of Creed Bratton. M: I saw The Grassroots the version run by Rob Grill back in the eighties sometime in a small club and they played for two hours straight. Earned a master's degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. That’s out and it’s been selling well, I’m getting steady downloads from that and that also has the song ‘All The Faces’ on it from the finale of The Office which that part went viral of course, that was a great thing it was a great privilege. He is still an active musician, having released three albums of his work since leaving the Grass Roots, in 2001 and 2002. Have you got a URL for this? “I said, ‘Yeah, you’re right,’ and they said why don’t you make up a new one,” Bratton says. Now 77, Bratton was born William Charles Schneider. Way, who produced the soundtrack to the Laurel Canyon music documentary “Echo In The Canyon,” introduced him to its house band at the premiere, and they and a third group — who has a name we can’t print but includes the rhythm section from Elvis Costello’s Imposters — also joined the sessions. So I took my knife out and I cut that piece out and put it in the bottom of my rucksack.”. There was smoke and the promoter actually told me well don’t worry, we’re gonna have oxygen on the side stage for you, breathe through it, well I said that’s not gonna fly, I’m a singer that’s not gonna work so I was disappointed, I hope the fans weren’t disappointed but I know they understand you can’t be singing and coughing at the same time. “They just come to me, and all of a sudden that information was in my head. 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.”. (Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC), Singer-songwriter and actor Creed Bratton released his ninth solo album, “Slightly Altered,” on July 17, 2020. “He had a blackout period, he ended up on a Greyhound bus, next thing he … Sloan (lead vocals, guitar, 1966), Steve Barri (backing vocals, percussion, 1966) Very impressive. 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. He is a current cast member (playing a fictional version of himself in self-parody) on NBC's Emmy & SAG award winning The Office. 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. “So I wrote the character. “This is more like, ‘Get up and boogie,’” he says. “We’d started drinking ouzo by then, no, retsina, godawful stuff. Creed in the Grass Roots. It won’t last very long.’ And it just keeps going.”. His Grass Roots past also surfaces, though not in a predictable way. M: I assume your experience with The Office was a positive one? 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