FVC’s Falkirk students keep banging on about Des

FVC lecturer and pop star Des McCabe
FVC lecturer and pop star Des McCabe

When a Forth Valley College welding lecturer made sparks fly in the pop charts his students had a flash of inspiration.

Rightly proud of Falkirk-based Des McCabe after he and his band Dead Man Fall hit the top of the US charts when Cumbernauld’s greatest living human export Craig Ferguson sang their song ‘Bang Your Drum’ on his last ever Late Late Show last year, staff and students have made their own music video tribute to the rocking welder.

The FVC production apes the A-list video Craig, aka Bing Hitler, and his Hollywood hotshot pals, including Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Bacon, Lisa Kudrow and Mila Kunis, made just before Christmas, but also acts as a plug for FVC and its many and varied courses.

Singer and songwriter Des said: “I’ve been a lecturer at Forth Valley College for 12 years and really enjoy working with the students and the rapport I have with them.

“It’s great to see them progress on to employment, with some even starting their own businesses. That’s why lecturers do what we do.

“It’s also great to see the song being used by the students and staff to show what is happening at the college.

“The band never imagined this would all happen. We felt total disbelief even before we knew exactly which stars were going to be involved.

“The whole experience has been totally overwhelming and we all feel very humbled. We’re so thankful to all the people involved in making it happen.” 

Former chatshow host Ferguson’s reworking of ‘Bang Your Drum’ reached the top of the US i-tunes rock chart and the Amazon Bestsellers Chart and peaked at number 24 in the UK i-tunes rock chart leading to a lot of interest in Dead Man Fall’s original version.

Things are now looking brighter than the flame of a blowtorch for the Glasgow band, who have known each other since their school days.  

“We’ve got a number of TV and radio appearances coming up and we’re also hoping we will be able to play some bigger gigs and music festivals,” said Des.

The student’s music video can be seen on FVC website and You Tube.