❚ 90s BRITPOP BAND BLUR picked up the Outstanding Contribution To Music honour at the 2012 Brit Awards in London tonight. Before they stepped up to collect their award, this is the video that played, from Brixton-based
Blindeye Films. Blur, who have been together for more than 21 years, performed at the Brits in 1995, where they won four gongs: Best Band, Best Album, Best Single and Best British Video for their album Parklife.
➢ “Pulling Blur back together is like reassembling the A-Team for one last job” — Alex James writing in The Sun, vintage pix and all
Sensationally rasping Phil Daniels duets with Damon (above) as Blur perform the title track from their 1994 album Parklife live at tonight’s awards.
➢ More video in STV’s report tonight — “As the band returned to the Brits stage to end tonight’s show with a medley of their hits, Damon Albarn delivered a heartfelt speech: “The last time we were here was 17 years ago and what happened that night seemed to have a really profound effect on our lives so it’s very nice to come back and say thank you very much for this honour … ” / continued online
➢ Celebrate with the new CD out this week, The Best Of Blur
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National treasure: Jarvis Cocker on the road again this year with the original members of Pulp. Photographed by Shannon McClean
❚ ARE THEY MAD? They’re letting Jarvis Cocker into the States in April, with his Britpopping band who reunited last year! Following those hugely popular festival dates in Europe, and several in the UK which re-established Jarvis as the single most credible face of indie pop, Pulp in the US kicks off April 11 at Radio City Music Hall, storms into two Coachellas, sidles over to San Francisco, and that’s not all… parachutes into Spain again in May, so get booking!
On top of which, the retro-obsessive site The Second Disc reports the historic background to remastered reissues on Feb 20 of Pulp’s first three albums on the Fire Records label, on which the band spent a tempestuous and frustrating decade into the 90s. The awesome and undeniably strange albums It (1983) and Freaks (1987) and Separations (1991-2) have been expanded to include a host of non-LP singles and B-sides. Fire claims: “They cover a staggering sonic range from the pastoral, acoustic sounds of It, to the darkly romantic Freaks and the disco-tinged Separations. They point to Jarvis Cocker’s varied sources of musical inspiration and show a band in the process of finding their own unique voice.”
Cocker’s exceptional and seeringly honest song-writing skills were finally endorsed when the distinguished literary house of Faber published his lyrics last year under the title Mother, Brother, Lover. Read more about his creative coming of age and view Jarvis in a video interview where he protests: “If I’m a national treasure, dust me off.”
Y SUS CONCIERTOS INCLUYEN ESPAÑA
➢ Pulp, confirmados para el festival murciano SOS 4.8 — Pulp estarán en el SOS 4.8 de Murcia. Sí señor. Finalmente era verdad. Tras semanas de rumores, un misterioso anuncio en su twitter en el que dejaban caer que habría más conciertos de Jarvis Cocker & co en 2012 tras su exitosa reunión el año pasado (actuación en el Primavera Sound incluida), y la confirmación de su presencia en Coachella, el festival murciano se ha llevado el gato al agua en cuanto a fechas en España… / El informe siguió en crazyminds
Together last July at Berlin’s Melt festival: the original Pulp line-up fronted by Jarvis Cocker
➢ Jarvis Cocker creates a playlist
— Mm-mm, ten tunes chosen by Pulp frontman and sampled by Calum Sager — Spilt Milk exclusive
Posted in Europe, North America, Pop music
Tagged Britpop, dates, España, Faber & Faber, festival murciano, Fire Records, Freak, Interview, Jarvis Cocker, live concerts, playlist, Pulp, reissues, Spilt Milk, US tour, Video
❚ JUST LISTEN TO THE POPSTAR AS SEER, Pulp’s singer Jarvis calling a grey wall heroic, “It says a lot, that wall, to me”, and calling himself “a workshy fop” who has never done a proper day’s work. This South Bank Show from 2007 [above] is compulsive. Just read the comments people have posted beneath it! Now Britain’s most prestigious publisher has asked pop’s national treasure to become its editor-at-large, a broad commissioning role similar to that filled by the 20th-century poet T S Eliot…
➢ Excerpt from today’s Guardian report:
❏ Home to 12 Nobel laureates and six Booker prize winners, venerable publisher Faber & Faber is now looking to bring a little Britpop magic to its list after hiring Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker as its new editor-at-large. The appointment will see Cocker given an open brief to acquire books for a small list at Faber from January 2012.
“Jarvis felt like a natural fit with the Faber sensibility, both as author and editor, and I’m sure the small list of books he will develop will represent his eccentric and yet popular touch,” said publishing director Lee Brackstone. “We now have an excellent portfolio of authors from the pop world and our intention is to develop these relationships and continue to build a reputation as the home for exciting and original writing on music.”
➢ Jarvis sees his book of lyrics published by Faber next week — view another riveting interview when he signed up to Eliot’s publisher in June
➢ And talking of national treasures, here’s Jarvis talking about another one, his own hero Scott Walker:
Posted in Culture, London, Media, Pop music
Tagged 2011, Books, Britpop, Faber & Faber, Interview, Jarvis Cocker, publishing, Scott Walker, South Bank Show, Video
❚ HIT ACT, HOT VIDS SHOT BY YOURS TRULY. Here’s the first public sighting of livepop band of the moment Paradise Point, in concert on Friday at Steve Strange’s club-night in Soho. Those crazy Neo Romantics were larging it at The Face, along with a bunch of proud parents from the previous showbiz generation. These concert vids capture two of PP’s four debut singles, Run in Circles, and Tears, all tracks downloadable at their MySpace page. Aren’t the kids doing well!
“…The singer swivels 90 degrees, one hand grips his thigh, his legs are a-tremble, his arms stretch to there measuring the extent of his despair, his entire body emotes its socks off. He’s intense, handsome and fit, as his gymnastics confirm. He is the vocal storm at the centre of a pool-table-sized stage at the club Punk in central London, and the energy beaming off it is fierce…”
“… PP’s music is the magnet and their lyrics are your reward. Wait till you get home and play the band’s downloads and pay attention to the words. They prick the teen heart and they pull at everyone’s. These lyrics share some of the emotional intelligence of Morrissey & Marr, who can reduce you to jelly in a phrase, yet PP avoid the confessional mode and so spare us the Mancunian melancholy.”
Posted in London, Pop music, Youth culture
Tagged 2010, Britpop, Concert, livepop, Martin Kemp, Neo Romantics, Paradise Point, Reviews, Roman Kemp, Run In Circles, Steve Strange, Tears, The Face club, Video
❚ ALL THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF PULP, the coolest band to represent Britpop, have decided to get together and play some concerts next summer, starting with May 27, 2011 at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain, and on July 3 at the Wireless Festival in London, United Kingdom. Formed 1978 in Sheffield, England and originally called “Arabacus Pulp”, the six-piece achieved sudden success thirteen years later during the Britpop era as much for their music as for frontman Jarvis Cocker’s antics, ho-ho. Their unimpeachable breakthrough single was an ironic survey of class tourism titled Common People from their 1995 album Different Class which won the Mercury Music Prize the next year. The original lineup last played together onstage in 1996. They are frontman Cocker, drummer Nick Banks, keyboard player Candida Doyle, bass guitarist Steve Mackey, guitarist and violinist Russell Senior and guitarist Mark Webber.
➢ To know more, visit Pulppeople.com
➢ Catch Brian Eno on Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service on 6Music
➢ To hear and see Pulp, visit Last.fm