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Jarvis Cocker

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 24 April 2005

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the musician Jarvis Cocker. He formed the band Pulp in the late 1970s and says that as a gawky, self-conscious teenager he felt pop music did not properly inform him about the disappointments and miseries of growing up - and he was determined to write songs that included "the messy bits and the awkward, fumbling bits". He had to wait more than a decade to find success - but Pulp went on to become one of the most popular bands of the 1990s, with hits including Do You Remember the First Time? Sorted For Es And Wizz and Common People.

The band's crowning glory was its performance of 'Common People' at the Glastonbury festival in 1995. The following year, Jarvis Cocker made headlines again - this time the tabloid front pages after he invaded the stage while Michael Jackson was performing at the pop industry's annual awards ceremony. Fans were thrilled, but it marked the beginning of a difficult time in the singer's life. Now he is married with a young son and living in Paris and has recently written songs for Nancy Sinatra and Marianne Faithfull as well as writing the music for the film Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Sailing By by Ronald Binge
Book: Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan
Luxury: A bed with a mosquito net

Music Played

8 items
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    Robert Mellin Theme

    Artist: Gian-Piero Reverberi

    The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe - Original TV Soundtrack, Silva Screen

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    Joy Division Transmission

    Permanent, London Records

  • Image for Lieutenant Pigeon

    Lieutenant Pigeon Mouldy Old Dough

    Dancing on a Saturday night - Dance hits of the 60s and 70s, Old Gold Records

  • Image for Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck Ten Guitars

    This Is My Life: Greatest Hits 1967-1969, Decca

  • Image for Scott Walker

    Scott Walker The War is Over

    'Til the Band Comes In, BGO Records

  • Image for Dory Previn

    Dory Previn Lady With the Braid

    Mythical Kings and Iguanas, Liberty

  • Image for Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash I See a Darkness

    Cash - American III: Solitary Man, American Recordings

  • Image for Ronald Binge

    Ronald Binge Sailing By

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra Conductor: Handley

    The Essential British Light Music Collection, Classic FM

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Sue Lawley

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