Elsewhere: Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker “kick the Murdochs”
Interesting The Observer interview with UK national treasure and Britpop survivor Jarvis Cocker answering readers’ questions and looking back on his time as Pulp frontman and the current state of that nation.
On the UK press:
For 30-odd years Murdoch has really affected the way this country operates, people walking round like, ‘Oh, we can’t offend him,’ because he’s too important. You know, they say don’t kick somebody when they’re down, but in the case of the Murdochs… They’ll never be down again, so just kick as hard as you can.
Britpop ended up being slightly overweight men with their shirts untucked, getting sucked off while watching The Italian Job.
On the boom times and the current financial system crisis:
We get told stuff like, “You don’t understand this thing, so just keep out of it.” Well, for a start, we can’t keep out of it, because we’ve had to bail everything out in the first place. I think it’s good that people are saying that the system we’re supposedly messing up is supposed to actually work for us as well, and it doesn’t. And they think we’ve been through a boom? It weren’t that good, were it? I don’t think normal people really felt like, “Yeah, wow, I was there. We were lighting cigars with fivers.” It’s like, “Wow, I missed that one.”
I didn’t grow it to hide anything, I grew it out of neglect. I was at somebody’s house and I had no access to shaving facilities for a couple of weeks. I got over the itchy bit, and I thought I’d give it a go. I was horrified to see that it had quite a lot of grey in it. But then you have to get used to the fact that you’re getting to a certain age. I’ve had it for two and a bit years now.
Read the full interview here.