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Overview (2)

Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jarvis Cocker was born on September 19, 1963 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. He was previously married to Camille Bidault-Waddington.

Spouse (1)

Camille Bidault-Waddington (13 July 2002 - 2009) ( 1 child)

Trivia (7)

He came to prominence as the singer with the band Pulp.
He famously protested against Michael Jackson's performance at the Brit awards in 1996, where he was ejected from the stage after he started dancing along with his set.
Married stylist fiancee Camille Bidault-Waddington in northern France on 13 July 2002.
His son, Albert, was born on March 24th 2003.
Todd Haynes wanted him to play the role of Jack Fairy in Velvet Goldmine, but he turned down the part, citing nervous exhaustion.
A fan of the music of Kate Bush.
Played "Myron Wagtail" (vocalist of "The Weird Sisters") in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)'.

Personal Quotes (30)

[speaking in 2009] A Conservative government is necessary. There is no credible alternative. You can sense an era passing. In no way am I supporting or suggesting that a Conservative government is a good thing, far from it. Rather, what I intended to get across was in the absence of any real alternative a Conservative government at the moment unfortunately seems inevitable.
Hawkwind are one of those bands that people introduce you to because you don't see them on the covers of magazines. I'd heard Silver Machine but Russell Senior, who was in Pulp, got me into them. They had a song called Master Of The Universe and we nicked the title in 1985 for one of our songs. We used to attempt to play Hawkwind as well. A couple of years ago, when I was touring on my own, I did a cover of Silver Machine at the Roundhouse, it seemed to be a good idea to do it in the same place. I didn't see them until the Green Man festival last year and there was a real sense of occasion waiting for them to start. They really were one of the first bands to put electronics into rock. A lot of the time when bands do that it goes down the Tangerine Dream route, but Hawkwind have basic riffs with this mad whooshing stuff over the top. Silver Machine still sounds really modern with all the white noise. It's a bit punky in a way. They were ahead of their time.
[on Roxy Music] One of the finest British bands of recent times.
[on Brexit] A horrible word, almost as bad as Britpop.
Although I think at the heart of them, Duran Duran are irredeemably dull and rubbish, they kind of had their heads screwed on when it came to videos. Rather than be in some cold warehouse in Dulwich, they always seemed to have a holiday every time they make a video.
[Ever thought of growing a moustache?] I've had one. We even played one concert with it, at the Venue in New Cross (circa 1991). I had it for about a month. It wasn't a pencil moustache, it was quite decent, right down to the corners here, half an inch long. My mother was horrified because I reminded her of my dad.
[Are you comfortable with the fact that our mothers like you?] They'll probably go off us when they hear this record. I'd say it was a compliment really, but it probably puts the kids off. If my mother liked the music that I liked I would've definitely found something else. Luckily, my mother liked Focus and Blood, Sweat And Tears.
[Do you really despise the middle classes?] The thing that I despise about the middle classes is that they seem very loveless and lifeless. The aristocracy are well-known for their eccentricity, and if you meet a real toff, they're a good laugh. But the middle classes don't seem to know how to enjoy themselves. Their aspirations are built around a desire to die a bit quicker. Having said that, I don't subscribe to Class War.
[Was there an incident in childhood adolescence that made you realise it was OK to be different?] Punk rock. Because up to then I used to hate the fact that I stuck out. But when I was about 13, it became an advantage not to be the same as everyone else. That's when I started going to jumble sales and buying my own clothes.
[What do you miss about Russell, if anything?] Lots of things. I saw him in Sheffield at Christmas. My sister's got a 75ft deep well at the back of her house, it's really old, and Russell got quite excited about it. He's into adventures, he's very knowledgeable about fungus, he would always have a different take on things, and he's a very good cook. When we go on tour, I'll miss him even more.
[How many times did you play Rotherham Arts Centre?] We played our first ever concert there in 1980. It was the first and only time we ever played Rotherham. We were supporting a group called The Process and it was very exciting. We were taken there in a mobile grocer's van. We turned up stinking of turnips.
[Do you wonder where the other ex-members of Pulp are?] I don't know where they are. There's a bloke researching a Pulp book who claims to have tracked down all but three of the ex-members. I'd be interested to know what they're doing. One of them was running an off-licence.
[United or Wednesday?] Wednesday. I've always supported Wednesday because I prefer blue to red.
[When did you last have a fight? And did you win?] I kicked a photographer once, about three years ago. His mate was taking pictures of me doing it! I don't know if I should mention that, the pictures never came out. It takes a lot for me to want to punch someone's lights out. I get my own back in other ways.
[Have there ever been any sexual tensions within Pulp?] Candida would be very embarrassed about that question. She goes out with Pete, our former bass player, and I don't think anybody would like to cross him. As far as I know there's never been any sexual tension between the male members of the band - but what they get up to once they're at home and the door's shut, I don't know.
[Who's the best out of Kenneth Williams and Sid James?] I find Kenneth Williams more intriguing. He kept his persona going until the end. Sid James just had a good laugh and a funny face.
[Are you a breast or bottom man?] I haven't got one particular bit I'm interested in. When we were doing the video the other day, there's a scene with all these showgirls doing a bit of a dance, all lined up in front of me, and I could see all their backs. And there was one girl that had a really beautiful back. It can be the shape of the hand that makes a girl really sexy. You have to be open to any part of the body.
[Your songs tell stories. Have you ever considered writing a book?] The thing I like about writing songs is that you can say quite a lot in two or three pages of actual text. I don't know whether I'd have the discipline to write 200 pages. I admire people who can do it. I aspire to being more disciplined. Me and a bloke who I went to St. Martin's with are doing this documentary film for Channel 4 this year, and filming's more disciplined than music. So maybe by the time I get to 60 I'll be disciplined enough.
[Have you ever felt like a fraud?] It does worry me a lot, more than it ought to. I wouldn't like to be pulling the wool over people's eyes. If you're in a really bad mood and you're knackered and you've got to play a concert, you have to gee yourself up. Now, hopefully, after five or ten minutes, you actually get into it - but you are putting it on a little bit. You owe it to the people who turned up to make an effort. There's not been many times that I've come off stage and thought, That was a fucking sham. You have to live with yourself. When I was writing this album, I didn't want to write about the same things I've written about before because I'm not living in that situation anymore. But on the other hand, I didn't want to go the Whining Rock Star In A Hotel Room route, burdening people with all this crap about being on the road, but I didn't want to write about being on the street, because I'm not anymore. Where am I? On the mezzanine level.
[Have you ever, even for a second, regretted the Michael Jackson incident?] I regretted the impact it had on my life for the eight or nine months afterwards. I became a "celebrity" and tabloid newspapers suddenly became interested in who I was having it off with or what car I drive or even if I was just buying some chips. That was the bit I found regrettable. People always ask me why I hate Michael Jackson. I don't hate him, I like quite a lot of his songs - mainly older ones - but that thing got me going. I couldn't even say exactly why. I'm not a Christian. I wasn't offended that he was impersonating our Lord! In the end it didn't make any difference.
[Can you name the man who "did" you on ITV's Stars In Their Eyes? And do you exchange Christmas Cards?] Is it Jason something? He started a band called Pulp 2000, I think. I should imagine it's a pretty small business, seeing as he came second to last. It was strange watching that. I resisted it during the heats, but when he made the final, I thought, I'll have to watch it. It does make you want to go and rehearse some new moves. He got it quite accurate, the moves more than the singing - but if you've become that identifiable, you're in a box; if people know what you're going to do, there's no point in doing it anymore. We saw a Japanese Jarvis in Japan, he had a packet of cigarettes instead of a microphone. He weren't too bad.
[Do you feel threatened by Girl Power?] Girl Power in terms of the Spice Girls seems to be more like, We can get our tits out when we want - which is basically what blokes want anyway. Before they sacked their manager, I thought it was joke: they had a male manager, it was blokes writing the songs, and it was like a 45-year-old bloke's masturbation fantasy of girls - "Naughty girls, I'd like to take you across my knee and spank you."
[Are you a cat person or a dog person?] I always used to be a cat person, because I grew up with one, it was given to me as a christening present and it lived until I was 13. It was called Nif. But I can understand the social advantages of a dog. If you want to go on a wander and take a turning down a road you've never been down, if you're on your own, people think you're a burglar, but if you're with a dog you've got an instant excuse. So it's useful for burglars! Cats are cooler, but I've gravitated towards dogs. More entertainment options. I'd love to have one but I live in a flat.
[How long have you smoked, how many do you smoke a day, and does it worry you?] I didn't start till I was about 21. I used to slag my mother off. She'd say, Go and get us a packet of fags. I'd say, No, you're killing yourself. Me smoking all came about in a really stupid way. I was going out with this girl at the time and we were bored, so we thought of the most out-of-character thing we could do, and bought a packet of Consulate cigarettes and smoked them. I really disliked them. And I'm not proud of the fact that I smoke. My intake varies, but it's between 10 and 20 a day. Do I worry about it? Yeah, but not as much as I do about some other things.
[Do you feel comfortable in Sheffield?] I don't go out much when I'm there, but I feel comfortable at my sister's house. Because there are less celebrities living in Sheffield, you're more of a target. Me and my sister had been to a funeral, and she wanted to go to this place called Meadow Hall, a shopping centre on the outskirts, and as soon as we got there, we had a chain of five kids behind us going, "Cocker knocker! Cocker knocker!" I felt like the Pied Piper, we even started running in Marks & Spencer's. It's embarrassing. But I don't want to be a bloody recluse.
[Are you rich?] Compared to what I used to be, yes. But I imagine that compared to how much people assume, not as rich as that - due to bad business deals in the past. I was having my photo taken the other day in a park in the Elephant & Castle (London), and these two kids of about 12 followed me. One of them was going (adopts a voice of Cockney urchin) "All that money you've got, and you dress like that! You should be wearing Armani, mate!" And the other one pipes up, "Yeah, and he drives that old banger an' all!" It did me in.
[Would you ever consider piercing your genitalia?] Who's to know if I haven't already done it? The thought of it really goes through me. It's pretty tender around that area, and because of the toilet activities, the idea of infection and corrosion don't really appeal.
[Do you ever wish you'd been born a woman?] I used to think it when I was an adolescent, but that's because I was so shit scared of asking girls out, I thought it'd be fantastic to be the one who got asked. I wouldn't mind being a girl, but I'm not considering a sex-change.
[Do you want to be a legend?] I used to want to be. When you think about being famous, you imagine yourself dead, and the streets being lined with people as your coffin is taken through in a state funeral. Maybe that's what drives you to become famous - everybody being upset when you die. Trouble is, legends don't last long these days. They've only been dead for a few years and there's a warts-and-all biography digging all the crap up. In the end, it's not up to me. I don't feel particularly legendary today.
[Chumbawamba's Brits protest: point well made or outrageous publicity stunt?] I thought all the shirts with "Label Whore" and "Shift Units" on were trying a bit too hard. I can't remember any of them individually, but I'm pretty sure Pulp stayed at Chumbawamba's house in Leeds years and years and years ago. It was a concert in a brothel. They seemed nice. I don't want to slag them off. I think the Labour government have let people down because there was so much goodwill when they got in, and you couldn't help getting carried away with it. I'm eternally grateful to Chumbawamba because Pulp are no longer the band that existed for ages before they had a hit - they've beaten our record. We don't get asked that anymore.

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