Wednesday, February 15, 2012

If you could return to the Britpop era, would you do anything differently? (Tom Crawford, via email)

JARVIS COCKER: It would have been good if the revolution had actually occurred. When I went to raves, I thought, “Wow, this is a revolution, people being nice to each other, a new consciousness is coming in!” And similarly with Britpop: I thought, “Here are all these marginal, alternative indie types getting in the charts, it’s going to loosen society up.” In both those cases it didn’t make much difference. Britpop ended up being slightly overweight men with their shirts untucked, getting sucked off while watching The Italian Job.

I’m always thinking the revolution could still happen, though. At the moment there’s a feeling – I got that when I was on that student march the other day… it’s just getting more interesting.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cocker and Anderson

  • WES ANDERSON: Are you in Chicago, Jarv?
  • JARVIS COCKER: Yes, I am. Have you ever been to Chicago?
  • ANDERSON: Yes, I’ve been there. I used to take the train from New York to Los Angeles, and I would stay for a night in Chicago on the way.
  • COCKER: How long does it take to go from New York to L.A. on a train?
  • ANDERSON: Well, it’s overnight from New York to Chicago, and then it’s two more nights from Chicago to Los Angeles. So I would break it up a bit because you can sometimes have, like, a five-hour layover in Chicago. And you don’t even want to get on the train after that. Have you been to the Art Institute of Chicago? In the basement, they have the Thorne collection of miniature rooms.
  • COCKER: I went to the Art Institute the last time I was here, but I didn’t go into the basement.
  • ANDERSON: Some woman, maybe around 75 years ago or so, subsidized the creation of these little rooms that are representative of different periods of architecture.
  • COCKER: How small are these rooms? Could a cat live in one?
  • ANDERSON: No, absolutely not.
  • COCKER: So they’re like the size of the rooms in a doll’s house really.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Read the interesting interview from 2009 at


Read the interesting interview from 2009 at

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Jarvis Cocker, 1993


Jarvis Cocker, 1993

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ezra Petronio: Have you ever lied in interviews?

Jarvis Cocker: Yeah, I’ve tried. I’m not a very good liar.

Ezra: But like, to provoke, or to take the piss?

Jarvis: Usually just to relieve the boredom.

Jarvis Cocker, 2003 

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