Matthew McConaughey and Quentin Tarantino star in FE lecturer's music video

20th February 2015 at 10:00


It’s not uncommon for college lecturers to have a part-time job to supplement their income. But few lead as remarkable a double life as Des McCabe.

At Forth Valley College, he works as a fabrication and welding lecturer. On the other side of the Atlantic, however, Mr McCabe is better known as the front man of chart-topping rock band Dead Man Fall.

The 35-year-old’s unlikely brush with fame came after his band’s song Bang Your Drum attracted the attention of Scottish-born Craig Ferguson, at that time presenter of the popular The Late Late Show in the US.

This triggered an extraordinary series of events, which resulted in the song hitting the top of the American iTunes rock chart and even being used in a video featuring Hollywood A-listers Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L Jackson and Matthew McConaughey.

"I was watching in a daze," he said. "It wasn't until the bit where Desmond Tutu pops up that I woke up."

But, despite his band’s success, Mr McCabe is now back in his workshop at the college where he has worked for more than 11 years.

Among other stars to appear on the video are Oscar nominee Steve Carell, Lisa Kudrow of Friends fame and Kevin Bacon.

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