Jarvis Cocker is a total icon and last night at the Metro he lived up to every single expectation I had. In fact, he was pretty much perfect. I never got the chance to see Pulp live but I’d seen enough live footage to know that Jarvis was the quintessential frontman (well…apart from the looks maybe). As soon as he took the stage in front of a very excited Sydney crowd I could tell he hadn’t lost a step.
He preens and he poses. He takes the piss out of himself and the entire notion of rock iconography. He even managed to introduce nearly every song with a story that was not only entertaining and relevant to the upcoming song, but he managed to tie many of the themes of his lyrics to Sydney and Australia as well. And he did it with such ease. He simply commanded the room in a way I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before. At least not in quite some time.
The set, predictably, drew mostly from Jarvis’ recently released debut solo album. The show kicked off with a version of Fat Children that puts the album take to shame. From Auschwitz to Ipswich was a highlight for me, along with set closer Black Magic. The band, including Steve Mackey and Richard Hawley who were both members of Pulp, returned for an encore of Cunts Are Still Running the World and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s State Trooper (which has also recently been covered by the Arcade Fire). Jarvis has been ending all his shows with a selection of covers including Space Odyssey and Shot By Both Sides.
When introducing the final song of the night Jarvis told the crowd “This next one is a cover” to which an audience member screamed out “COMMON PEOPLE!” Jarvis very quicky replied, “No, this song was written by a REAL musician.” I was pretty impressed as that was the first time I heard a Pulp request all night. If nothing else, I think that is a testament to the brilliance of last night’s show. For 75 minutes I totally forgot that he was in Pulp. On that stage he was just Jarvis Fucking Cocker.
Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
One Man Show
I Will Kill Again
From Auschwitz to Ipswich
Cunts Are Still Running The World
And in case you still haven’t heard anything off the album…
Download: Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
ugh…i just read this over and it’s TERRIBLE writing….sorry i’m tired. but also too lazy to fix it.