May 13, 2007

Crazy Creed

Creed Bratton is a taciturn but creepy Quality Assurance representative at the Scranton branch of fictitious paper distributor Dunder-Mifflin. As the result of his drug use during his career as a rock musician in the 1960s, Creed has a phenomenally poor memory; he hardly remembers the names of his own co-workers. Little is known about Creed's life outside the office. The scattered details which emerge are invariably bizarre. (From Wikipedia)

Creed Bratton

Kooky Creed facts:

  • lives in Toronto, spending three nights a week there in order to milk the welfare state
  • a product of the 60s, Creed is older than all of the other employees at the office
  • originally hired by Dunder-Mifflin in the late 1980s, when Ed Truck was still regional manager
  • spent time in an iron lung as a teenager

  • a member of the rock band The Grass Roots, and once toured with Cream, The Doors, and Janis Joplin
  • following his rock career, he had his own radio show in the 1970s as "DJ Wacky Weed Creed"
  • has concentration problems due to his drug use during his rock career and is unfamiliar with many of his co-workers, regularly forgetting their names and personality traits
  • karaoked to himself in the episode "A Benihana Christmas," performing his "Spinnin' N Reelin'" (from his album The 80's)

  • may have spent considerable time in jail as well as being homeless at some point (when he is having his photo ID taken, Creed turns to his side, as though he was having his mug shot taken)
  • episode "Casino Night" provides the first glimpse into Creed's passion for stealing
  • admitted in a talking head interview, "I love stealing things"


    The Grass Roots 1967 song "Let's Live For Today" (#8 in the U.S.); note how the audience laughs when Jimmy Durante says the name of the band. I find that odd.

    Lisa said...

    So, the Grass Roots were real? That's crazy!

    Chris said...

    Yes, I know! I love the lines of reality are blurred with the Creed "character."

    The Pine Blogger said...

    I did a search of Creed a while back to find out about the man behind the legend. He is too funny on the show, and while I know it wouldn't work, I'd watch a Creed spinoff.

    Did you see him catch the fish with his hand in the last episode? And how he pays the ladies in the office so that he can do No.2 in their bathroom.

    Long live Creed.

    Chris said...

    Hey, pine blogger!

    Looks like I'm not alone in my curiosity about Creed's story (real and not). He's such a quirky dude. Yes, how else would Creed catch a fish?!