Jarvis Cocker
English musician
Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Branson Cocker is an English musician and frontman for the band Pulp. Through his work with the band, Cocker became a figurehead of the Britpop movement of the mid-1990s. Following Pulp's hiatus, Cocker has led a successful solo career. Jarvis Cocker currently presents his own radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music, Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service.
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A Britpop Star, a Gallerist and a Former Barbershop
NYTimes - 5 months
Jarvis Cocker, of Pulp, and James Brett have collaborated on a show of alternative artists in London at Brett’s new space, the Gallery of Everything.
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The roving Museum of Everything gets a permanent London home, and Jarvis Cocker's blessing
Yahoo News - 5 months
Registered as a British charity, the Museum of Everything has held exhibitions and installations throughout the world in Britain (London), Europe (Venice, Paris, Rotterdam), and Russia (Moscow), which have cumulatively greeted 700,000 visitors. The newly established Gallery of Everything in London is the first fixed venue and commercial space in London, its mission just as dedicated to showcasing outsider art. The inaugural exhibition, "Journeys into the Outside," will be jointly curated by former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and James Brett, who founded the Museum of Everything as a nonprofit in the UK in 2009. Amongst the gallery's visual portfolio: Howard Finster (beloved by members of the band the Talking Heads), St EOM (a self-appointed visionary whose art is not for sale), Juva (a forgotten nobleman who fanatically collected flint stones), and Aloïse Corbaz (portraitist).
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Grime artist Skepta wins prestigious Mercury music prize
Yahoo News - 5 months
Grime hip-hop artist Skepta was awarded Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize on Thursday for his album "Konnichiwa" in recognition of a resurgent homegrown genre. As he presented the prize, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker paid tribute to late rock legend David Bowie who had been tipped to win a posthumous award for "Blackstar", released just days before his death in January. "We as a jury decided that if David Bowie was looking down on the Hammersmith Apollo tonight he would want the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Prize to go to Skepta," Cocker said in a ceremony at the London venue.
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Found art: Cornelia Parker and Jarvis Cocker share their spoils
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
The tooth of a sperm whale, a street sign to a ghost village, issues of Romania Today … Cornelia Parker’s new show is a treasure trove of finds chanced upon by everyone from Jarvis Cocker to Marina Warner Share photos and stories about the objects that have changed you What is it to be found? The idea presupposes that something has once been lost; if it’s an object, it can long outlive the loser and bring with it, in its re-emergence, the breath of a forgotten time. Late last century, in the drains of the Roman amphitheatre in London, bits of gold jewellery were found. Not much use to the woman who’d mislaid them in some second-century crush. Finding can be an act of love: the rescue of something or someone that has been otherwise overlooked. Or it can be an act of aggression. All archaeology involves an element of disturbance, of destruction. So does the “discovery” of continents and peoples. Some things do not want to be found. The loss of children is one of the largest of hum ...
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On my radar: Marianne Faithfull’s cultural highlights
Guardian (UK) - about 1 year
The singer-songwriter on the French band Téléphone, Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, Kurosawa’s stunning Throne of Blood and a cool Parisian sushi restaurant The singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull’s career spans 18 albums and six decades. Spotted aged 16 by the Rolling Stones’s manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, she released several folk-pop albums and co-wrote the Stones’s Sister Morphine with her then boyfriend, Mick Jagger. After a decade battling drug addiction, she made a comeback with her 1979 new wave album, Broken English, before reinventing herself again in the 1980s as a blues and jazz singer. She has since worked with Pink Floyd, Tom Waits, Metallica, Beck, Jarvis Cocker, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. Her acting career includes the cult film The Girl on a Motorcycle, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and playing God in Absolutely Fabulous, opposite her friend Anita Pallenberg as the devil. Having completed a 50th anniversary world tour, Faithfull plays the Roundhouse in London on 2 Febru ...
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Was the inspiration for Pulp's Common People really Danae Stratou?
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Danae Stratou, the wife of Greek Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, studied at Central Saint Martins in London at the same time as Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker
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Beethoven, Jarvis, Sherlock: eclectic BBC Proms line-up announced
Reuters.com - almost 2 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Beethoven's piano concertos and Sibelius' symphonies will jostle with Jarvis Cocker and an evening of Sherlock Holmes-inspired music at the 120th BBC Proms festival of classical music in London this summer, the organizers said on Thursday.
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UK stars turn to Shakespeare in Valentine's Day climate campaign
Reuters.com - about 2 years
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British celebrities including Homeland actor David Harewood, comedian Stephen Fry and musician Jarvis Cocker have lent their support to a "Show the Love" campaign to raise awareness about climate change ahead of Valentine's Day.
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The secrets of songwriters
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The day the Kinks overtook the Beatles, why the Clash wrote 'Rock the Casbah', when Johnny Marr first drove to Morrissey's house … Daniel Rachel has interviewed many of the nation's best songwriters. Here are some highlights Ray Davies, the Kinks Can you recall the sentiment behind writing "Lola"? It was about love, but not directly. The song was designed. I didn't show the words to the band. We just rehearsed it with the la-la la-la Lo-la chorus which came first. I had a one-year-old daughter at the time and she was singing along to it. But I was bothered by the arpeggio guitar at the beginning. I said, "It's got to be hit in the first three seconds." Later I went back in the studio and took the phrase at the end of the verse, C C C C D E, and replayed it at the beginning to grab people's attention. I had a new Martin acoustic guitar which I tracked three times all slightly out of time to give it character. And then I put a National guitar on top of it. What was the ambition at th ...
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How 'thank you' fell out of fashion
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Britons are shunning the tried-and-tested way of expressing gratitude in favour of less old-fashioned alternatives, such as 'cheers'. Wicked! Nice one, yeah? We are, ladies and gentlemen, approaching the end of days – at least in terms of etiquette. First, strangers email me hoping I enjoyed the sunny weekend. Have we met? Who are you? What are you trying to sell me through this importunate penetration of my sacred veil of intimacy, you disgusting blob (no offence)? Second, they sign off their emails with a kiss. Perhaps, I once thought, this farewell kiss from strangers (often from women with attractive-sounding names and all their own teeth) meant that I'm so gorgeous that even online they can't help themselves from hitting on me. The truth turned out to be much more dismal. They didn't fancy me, but thought that "x" is a professionally acceptable means of concluding a business communication. Which it isn't. What's needed, incidentally, is an emoticon that means a firm handshake ...
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Beck Performs 'Song Reader' With Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand and More
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Beck gathered a solid troupe of friends together at London's Barbican on July 4th for his first-ever full live performance of the material from his 2012 sheet music collection Song Reader As Pitchfork reports Jarvis Cocker Franz Ferdinand Beth Orton Charlotte Gainsbourg James Yorkston Joan Wasser (aka Joan as Police Woman)...
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 256
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Dog Ears Music: Volume 256 Rubén González (Buena Vista Social Club)Pioneering Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Rubén González was born in central Cuba just after World War I. The master's original trajectory was set for a career in medicine, but by the '40s he dove deep into Havana's music scene. After lining up with Mongo Santamaría, Arsenio Rodriguez and the Orquestra de los Hermanos, Luis "Lili" Martínez, and Percuchín, González enjoyed an eventual three-decade run with the father of the cha-cha-cha, Enrique Jorrin. When Jorrin died in 1987, González retired from the ivories. It wasn't until band leader/producer Juan de Marcos González tapped him to join his two projects, the Afro-Cuban All Stars and the Buena Vista Social Club, that González achieved global renown. The maestro went on to release a handful-plus of solo gems before his passing in 2003. Revisit Rubén González with "Pueblo Nuevo," from the 1997 Buena Vista Social Club collection. Buy: iTunes.com Genre: ...
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Scott Walker: Brother beyond
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
He made his name as a crooner with the Walker Brothers, then disappeared. Back with a new avant-garde album, Scott Walker says the darkness has always been there Whatever happened to the great 20th-century crooner Scott Walker? Simple really. He disappeared, had any number of breakdowns, or one long one, and returned as a great 21st-century, avant garde composer. Today David Bowie, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Julian Cope, the great innovators in contemporary music, line up to proclaim the genius of Scott Walker. But back in the 1960s, his currency was romance, not complexity. His deep velvet baritone belied his youth. As the lead singer with the Walker Brothers, he enjoyed a number of melancholy hits with songs such as The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, My Ship Is Coming In, No Regrets. Nobody did aching love quite like Scott Walker. There was always more to the Walker Brothers than appeared at first sight – they weren't called Walker, weren't brothers, and however much th ...
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The 15 Best Cover Songs EVER
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The following is an excerpt from Dylan Jones's The Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music [Picador, $25.00]: They are often redundant, frequently pointless, and rarely remembered. Some are little more than cheap photocopies, with someone hitherto unknown (or, increasingly, far too well known) colouring in the original and trying not to go outside the lines. Some can be transformative, but often they are nothing but corruptions of your favourite memories (I feel ambiguous towards it, but I would imagine if you had formative experiences with, or fond memories of, New Order's “True Faith”, you would probably think George Michael's cover is rather redundant; ditto Robbie Williams' live version of Blur's “Song 2”, or Simple Minds' frankly confusing version of Prince's “Sign O’ The Times”). Others are just plain perverse: does anyone really want to hear William Shatner cover Pulp's “Common People”? Maybe Shatner’s agent and Jarvis Cocker's publishers, but anyone else? The co ...
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Jarvis Cocker, CBeebies Mr Bloom, Robbie Savage and Simon Mayo all line up for Radio 5 Live in South Yorkshire
Buxton Advertiser - over 4 years
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Octoberfest, the station’s FREE three-day festival, is coming to Sheffield Theatres from Thursday October 11-Saturday October 13. Audiences have the opportunity to hear from stars including Jarvis Cocker and enjoy performances from artists including CBeebies’ Mr Bloom.
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In praise of the little things that can make it all worthwhile
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 4 years
Some might accuse Maeve Haran of setting the bar a little too low when it comes to what makes her happy. While there are those who dream of fast cars, exotic holidays and fatter pay packets, Haran is much less ambitious. “Good bread, warm towels, crisp mornings, girls’ nights out, eating the froth on the cappuccino are ordinary things which can make life worth living,” says the writer who found fame with her first novel, Having it All, and whose latest book is Small Pleasures to Save Your Life. “In a world where change is fast and we often can’t control it, we can sometimes feel powerless and stressed and find it hard to take pleasure in anything. “So what can you rely on which isn’t immoral, illegal or wildly expensive to make you feel that, despite all this, life is wonderful? The answer is small pleasures. “Lady Thatcher, when asked what gave her greatest satisfaction in life, replied, ‘Taking the fluff out of the tumble-dryer’.” Haran doesn’t quite resort to fluff picking, ...
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John Lydon fails to bring anarchy to Question Time
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
The punk rocker put in a game display as a panellist – but those hoping for a Bill Grundy moment were disappointed The presence of John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten on Thursday night's Question Time, broadcast from Derby, seemed to offer the guarantee of profanity, controversy and danger. Younger viewers were doubtless wondering why a public fondness for butter should be sufficient qualification to appear on a current affairs discussion programme. But for others Lydon's appearance prompted some mouth-watering speculation. Would the programme makers ditch the usual theme tune in favour of a few bars of Pretty Vacant? No such luck – the producers were presumably waiting to use that for Chloe Smith's next appearance. How would the man who had been so dismissive of Her Majesty, dismissing her as not even a human being in God Save the Queen, treat the quasi-regal David Dimbleby – another beneficiary of the hereditary principle? The producers had initially hoped to include Lydon during Jubile ...
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STARS LAUNCH SAVE THE ARCTIC CAMPAIGN
Frost Magazine - over 4 years
Greenpeace to plant a million names on seabed beneath the pole Stars from the worlds of music, film, TV and business are today launching a campaign to save the Arctic. Sir Paul McCartney, Penelope Cruz, Robert Redford, One Direction, Alexandra Burke, Jarvis Cocker and Sir Richard Branson are among dozens of famous names who are … Continue reading »
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Jubilee Playlist
Clash - over 4 years
The Jubilee tends to arouse a wide range of emotions. Having one of those roundtable discussions in the Clash office, the team were totally divided on how to mark the event. In one corner sit a bunch of anti-traditionalist Republicans, while in the other are perched a group of people who see it as an evocation of something warm, tradition-based in the British soul. Feeding word out to the writing pool, Clash began to piece together a playlist which would cover each of these opinions and more. - - - The Stone Roses - 'Elizabeth My Dear' Well he might rest a little bit until she's lost her throne. Such vitriol for a figurehead seems a bit much. It's like threatening to kill the vicar's secretary because you're pissed off at God. I mean, what does the queen do anyway? Open shopping malls? Send postcards to Iceland? People complain about how much it costs to support the monarchy, but think of all the money she's saved by living to be 120 years old. Coronations are expen ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jarvis Cocker
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    In 2015, Cocker was among the signatories of a pledge committing to a "cultural boycott" of Israel.
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  • 2014
    In 2014, he was the Editor-at-Large for Faber and Faber, and Singing from the Floor by JP Bean is his first acquisition.
    More Details Hide Details Cocker explained to NME: "Singing from the Floor portrays an important movement in vernacular culture in the voices of the people who made it happen – and that's not an easy task... JP Bean has captured this moment before it is lost forever, and has made it live again on the page. He's a very clever chap. Let's raise a glass to him." Cocker says he writes about 'the little things that stick in your mind' because most of them are 'eternal'. Soon after signing to Fire, in November 1985, Cocker fell out of a window while trying to impress a girl with a Spider-Man impression and ended up in hospital, temporarily requiring the use of a wheelchair, in which he appeared during concerts. In 1988, at age 25, Cocker took a sabbatical from Pulp to study Fine Art and Film at Central St Martins, from which he graduated in 1991.
  • 2011
    In October 2011, Faber and Faber published a collection of his lyrics entitled Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics.
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    In June 2011, Cocker was chosen as poetry guest editor for The Mays Anthology, a collection of new writing from students at the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge.
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    In January 2011 he appeared with fellow musician Richard Hawley and DJ Marc Riley on a Radio 4 programme, entitled "In Search of the Holy Whale", whereby the trio embarked on a whale-watching expedition in the sea off Cork, Ireland.
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  • 2010
    Cocker won the Sony DAB Rising Star Award 2010, voted for by listeners, for his BBC Radio 6 Music Show.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In October 2009, BBC Radio 6 Music announced Cocker was set to take over the Sunday afternoon slot from 10 January 2010 onwards, with Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service.
    More Details Hide Details He was quoted as saying "Sunday doesn't feel that different to the other days of the week any more. Although there was something weird about when everything seemed to stop on a Sunday, it kind of marked out the week. I am going to put the boringness back into Sunday. That's my mission."
    He also guested as a panellist on BBC's Question Time in July 2009.
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  • 2008
    On 31 December 2008, Cocker guest edited the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.
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    Around 2008, Cocker also participated in a project that tackled the question, "What is Music?", designed to enter into the debate over the future of the music industry.
    More Details Hide Details Cocker asked: "Does this mean that music can now go back to being an art form again? Also, what happens if you get a band to rehearse in an art gallery instead of a rehearsal space?" Consequently, Cocker and his band installed themselves in an art gallery in Paris, France for five days. Each day, Cocker and his musicians performed a variety of different tasks. These included sound-tracking a relaxation class, inviting local musicians to join them in a jam and arranging activities with local school-children. Films of the exhibition remain accessible online in 2014. In 2010, he worked with the National Trust to produce an album of sounds recorded at 11 of Britain's historically significant sites. In 2010 he also narrated Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf at the Royal Festival Hall. Cocker sang vocals on the single "Synchronize" by Discodeine, a French production duo. The song appeared on the duo's first studio album, released through the on Dirty and Pschent labels on 14 February 2011.
    In 2008, Cocker contributed Born to Cry, (originally a Pulp song released on the Notting Hill soundtrack CD – though not featured in the film and co-written by Richard Hawley) to Tony Christie's album of songs by Sheffield-based songwriters, Made in Sheffield.
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    Cocker debuted a new song, "Angela", on BBC2's "The Summer Exhibition: A Culture Show Special", on 13 June 2008 that remains available for viewing on the BBC website.
    More Details Hide Details On 6 March 2009, Pitchfork revealed the cover art and album title for Further Complications, which was recorded by Steve Albini and released on 18 May 2009. Drowned in Sound stated that the album was "a huge leap forward" for Cocker.
  • 2007
    He also played himself in the 2007 romantic comedy, The Good Night.
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    He curated the 2007 Meltdown Festival at the South Bank Centre in London, UK.
    More Details Hide Details The line-up he chose included Motörhead, Roky Erickson and the Explosives with Clinic, Devo with Drumsize, Iggy & The Stooges, Cornershop, and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
    In March 2007, Cocker appeared on French band Air's album Pocket Symphony.
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    In 2007, Cocker contributed to two songs on French electronica group Air's album "Pocket Symphony" – performing on "One Hell of a Party" and (with Charlotte Gainsbourg) "The Duelist".
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  • 2006
    Also in 2006, along with Steve Mackey, he 'curated' the two-CD compilation, The Trip, which featured a wide selection of tracks by artists as varied as The Fall, Gene Pitney, The Beach Boys, and The Polecats.
    More Details Hide Details He also co-wrote lyrics on the Charlotte Gainsbourg album 5:55, with Neil Hannon and members of Air. Cocker and Beth Ditto (The Gossip) recently collaborated on a cover version of Heaven 17's "Temptation" at the NME Awards in London.
    In 2006, Cocker appeared on albums Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited (song "I Just Came to Tell You That I'm Going", co-performed with Kid Loco) and Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys (song "A Drop of Nelson's Blood").
    More Details Hide Details His song "Running the World" appeared over the closing credits of the film Children of Men.
    Cocker's debut album, Jarvis, was released in the UK on 13 November 2006.
    More Details Hide Details At the 2006 Reading festival, the video for "Running the World" was played on the main video screens of the main stage throughout the day, notably before the headline act, Muse, performed. This video contained a karaoke-like presentation of the song's lyrics to encourage the crowd to sing along. In March 2008, Cocker made a small tour of Latin America (México, Argentina and Chile), where he presented a new song called "Girls Like It Too". Speaking to NME.com, Cocker said that he had written "Girls Like It Too" and "The Usual", and hoped to have enough material to record the follow-up to his solo debut album. He said of the forthcoming studio album: "I've got vague ideas. I'd like to do another album before the end of the year."
  • 2005
    In 2005, Cocker co-wrote three tracks ("La Degustation", "Basque Country" and "Fred de Fred") on Sheffield-based electronica duo The Lovers' self-titled debut album.
    More Details Hide Details That same year he also covered "I Can't Forget" by Leonard Cohen as part of the tribute show for the film Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man. Cocker also contributed to the soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, writing and performing three tracks: "This Is the Night", "Do the Hippogriff" and "Magic Works". He appeared briefly in the film as lead singer of the band The Weird Sisters. The fictitious group also featured Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway from Radiohead, Steve Mackey from Pulp, Jason Buckle from Relaxed Muscle and Steven Claydon from Add N to (X).
  • 2004
    In 2004, Cocker collaborated with Nancy Sinatra on her new album, as well as with Marianne Faithfull on her album Kissin Time, with the song "Sliding through Life on Charm."
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  • 2003
    He re-emerged in 2003 to promote a new album, under the pseudonym "Darren Spooner", for his new band Relaxed Muscle.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he appeared on the Richard X album Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1.
  • 2001
    In 2001, he contributed "Everybody Loves The Underdog" to the soundtrack for Mike Bassett: England Manager.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Furthermore, he gained co-writing credits for several songs ("Walk Like A Panther", "1st Man in Space", "Drive Safely Darlin'", "Stars on Sunday", and "Happy Birthday Nicola") on The All Seeing I's album Pickled Eggs & Sherbet, released in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He contributed lead vocals to "Drive Safely Darlin'". He also performed live with The All Seeing I on Top of the Pops, singing "Walk Like A Panther" in place of Tony Christie, who sang on the recorded version.
  • 1997
    In 1997, he collaborated with David Arnold on a cover of "All Time High" by Rita Coolidge, the theme from Octopussy.
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  • 1996
    Cocker sang a duet, "Ciao!", with Miki Berenyi on British shoegazing band Lush's 1996 album Lovelife.
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    Melody Makers edition of 2 March 1996, for example, suggested Cocker should be knighted, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis said that "Jarvis Cocker is a star" and should be awarded an MBE.
    More Details Hide Details Regarding his actions, Cocker said, "My actions were a form of protest at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing. I just ran on the stage. I didn't make any contact with anyone as far as I recall." On 2 July 2009 he appeared as a panelist on BBC TV's Question Time. He said that Jackson's recent death had been over-hyped by the media. When asked what he objected to about Michael Jackson at the time of the BRIT Awards incident, he reiterated his earlier comments about Jackson and Christ (whilst admitting he himself wasn't religious). When asked, "Otherwise as a performer you thought he was a genius?" Cocker replied, "He invented the moonwalk."
    Cocker invaded the stage at the 1996 BRIT Awards in a spur of the moment protest against Michael Jackson's performance.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson was performing his hit "Earth Song" while surrounded by children and a rabbi. Cocker and his friend Peter Mansell (a former Pulp member) performed an impromptu stage invasion in protest. Cocker was detained and interviewed by the police on suspicion of assault. He was accompanied by comedian Bob Mortimer, a former solicitor, who represented him in that capacity. He was subsequently released without charge. Opinions from the press on Cocker's actions were mixed.
    Cocker's penchant for TV appearances was reflected in a parody of "Common People" ("Showbiz People") which was featured on the satirical comedy show Spitting Image in 1996.
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  • OTHER
  • 1963
    Born on September 19, 1963.
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