Mick Hercun remembers that Jarvis provided guest vocals at a benefit gig which took place in a pub car park in Eckington sometime around 1980. Eckington is a small town in Derbyshire, a few miles to the south of Sheffield. Songs played included Suffragette City and Psycho Killer.
[Jarvis' sister] Saskia and [her friend and It backing vocalist] Joanne advertised in the local paper for like-minded people to form some sort of band. This would be around 1979/1980 and me and a friend of mine answered the ad and we met up. Saskia mentioned that her cousin had a rehearsal room and we went along, neither of us having a clue what and how to do it. I'd only done a handful of gigs before, playing covers in my school band.
Saskia told me about her brother Jarvis and the cousin whose room we were in turned out to be Chris Hendricks - a very underrated and immensely talented individual, very reclusive but I can't speak highly enough of him - who had just disbanded The Scarborough Antelopes and was looking for other victims - sorry, band members - to try out his new material. Unfortunately Saskia and Joanne didn't figure in this set up and we formed a 3 piece under the guise of Milk for Jason. That was the springboard for me to write songs.
Saskia was and I would think is a wonderful girl. It was really down to her that I started with Sheffield music and I could never thank her enough for that.
While we rehearsed Jarvis used to come and watch, cutting quite a dash bedecked in a long overcoat, National Health specs and fuzzy ginger hair. We used to talk quite a bit about music and he told me about his school band Pulp.
Months later a few musicians, including myself and Chris Shaw from Mrs Beech, got together with two of the original Scarborough Antelopes; Mark Sole and Chris Zelly. Chris organised a benefit gig somewhere in a pub car park in Eckington. Not having a natural singer amongst us I asked Jarvis if he'd like to give it a go and he did. After singing Suffragette City and Psycho Killer, he just stole the show . At the end he was mobbed by loads of kids (and they didn't steal anything either!) and I knew then he would be a star. Not long after that I met the Negatives and formed Tsi Tsa and went from there.
Mick would later play in the Negatives and Tsi Tsa, who supported Pulp at at least one show in 1982.
Dates and venues:
Line-up: Mick Shaw (guitar), David Bocking (saxophone), Nick Taylor (drums), Greg Thompson (vocals), Jarvis Cocker (guitar, vocals), Peter Dalton (keyboards, cornet), Steve Genn (bass), Michael Paramore (percussion), Tim Allcard (percussion)
Jarvis, Simon Hinkler and Peter Boam, and possibly others, performed an impromptu set at a jam night at the Hallamshire in August 1982. This was the first time Peter Boam (who drummed that night) played with Jarvis and Simon.
In A Belljar was formed by Michael Paramore and Tim Allcard in Autumn 1982, and had a rotating cast of other members that would play at some or all of their gigs. The group first performed at the Hallamshire on October 31 that year, and were joined soon afterwards by Jarvis, who hit tin cans at most of their concerts until the band split in mid-1983. According to Michael Paramore, In A Belljar played over 40 gigs, mostly as support act at the Hallamshire, but only the following are known about:
Songs performed included: The Jarvis Blues and There Was...
‘A Surrealish Thing’ written and directed by Russell Senior. Performed by The Wicker Players: Jarvis Cocker, Magnus Doyle, Tim Allcard, Ellie Ford and Steve Faben. Included musical interludes performed by Russell, Jarvis and Magnus.
Various open mic / ‘cabaret’ events organised by Russell Senior at the Hallamshire Hotel, mostly toward the end of 1983. Participants included Jarvis, Magnus Doyle, Saskia Cocker, Michael Paramore and Tim Allcard.
The only known dates are:
18 December 1983 - ‘Wicker Players Christmas Panto’, Hallamshire Hotel, Sheffield
26 February 1985 - ‘Wicker Players Mystery Event’, Hallamshire Hotel, Sheffield
Saskia has a vague recollection of performing in one of Russell’s plays at one of these events: "It was about a night out on the town. Jarvis was supposed to be chatting me up at a bar. He was supposed to ask me what I wanted to drink, and I say 'Oh, I'll have a Pina Colada please.' And he thought I'd said 'peanuts and lager', so he put some peanuts in a glass of lager, and I threw it over him."
Jarvis played a one-off concert at Sheffield Polytechnic at the end of 1986, accompanied by Captain Sleep playing his Granny’s Yamaha Portasound keyboard. The repertoire consisted of "daft disco songs" Jarvis had written; it is possible that these included early versions of Separations songs.
Before Jarvis and Captain Sleep's set, a play was performed featuring Jarvis and Russell. Paul Mills of Media Premonition recalls: "The play was performed in the audience part of the venue as opposed to being on stage and it was before the live set. Russell and Jarvis were in it, can't remember anything else other than it being booed. So it must have been one of Russell's!"
One-off performance art event at the Leadmill.
Mark Webber was involved with this season celebrating contemporary American composers at the Barbican, which included performances from La Monte Young, Terry Riley, John Cage, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Jarvis, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber played with Terry Riley at the following performance:
Jarvis made two appearances:
Jarvis guested onstage with The All Seeing I to sing Drive Safely Darlin at the following concerts:
Jarvis Cocker (acoustic guitar, omnichord), Steve Mackey (bass, keyboards), Alasdair Molloy (glass harmonica). Plus only at Scott Walker’s Meltdown, Mark Webber (guitar), 'Scott' (drums) and The Swingle Singers.
(1) This instrumental was used to open Pulp's low-key live shows in 1999.
(3) Instrumental that later became The Trees.
(4) Instrumental that later became Forever in My Dreams.
(5) The only time this collaboration between Pulp and the Swingle Sisters was played live. (Only played at Scott Walker’s Meltdown.)
(6) Scott Walker cover. (Only played at Scott Walker’s Meltdown.)
A one-off outdoor concert at Southwark Cathedral featuring Jarvis (vocals and acoustic guitar) backed by Candida Doyle (keyboard), Mark Webber (electric guitar), Antony Genn (tambourine), Phillip Sheppard (electric cello) and Leo Chadburn (recorder)
Jarvis played keyboards and fiddled with samplers on: Guilt / Why D'ya Do It? / Sliding Through Life on Charm
(1) These were to become Relaxed Muscle songs.
(2) Written and sung by Richard Hawley
(3) Lee Hazlewood covers. Jarvis and Richard had recently contributed a cover of A Cheat to the Total Lee tribute album.
This performance is significant for being the first time Relaxed Muscle songs were played. It's not clear whether the project was already planned at this stage - the songs may have been regarded as just a one-off bit of fun.
Jarvis joined the band as a backing vocalist for the songs Hanging Around and Soldier Girl.
Guest appearance as a vocalist on the song Alcohol.
In addition to a concert playing his own solo material (details here), Jarvis' appearances included:
The London Sinfonietta along a number of guest vocalists playing songs from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Vocals on: With a Little Help From My Friends
Unannounced short set of cover versions:
Guest appearance with vocals on:
This unreleased song was apparently written by Jarvis and Richard Hawley probably around 2000. The music was later used on the song Naked In Pitsmoor, which appeared on Hawley's debut mini-album.
'Should songs rhyme?'
'Are songs poetry?'
'Is there anything you can't write songs about?'
'Which phrases should be avoided at all costs?'
'What makes a good first line?'
In this exclusive Brighton Festival lecture, Jarvis Cocker explores the function of the lyric in popular song. Armed with audio and video excerpts and some finely tuned PowerPoint skills, Jarvis starts from the contrary position that 'song lyrics don't really matter'! From here he embarks on a celebration of his craft, putting his own lyrics under the microscope alongside firm favourites from Leonard Cohen and Pete Doherty to Hot Chocolate and Amy Winehouse. Including an in-depth analysis of Richard Berry's notorious rock 'n' roll anthem Louie Louie.
In Brighton, the lecture included acoustic performances of:
Featuring Damon Albarn, Dot Allison, Jarvis Cocker, Gavin Friday, Michael Henry , Owen Gilhooly & Nigel Richards.
A stunning cast of vocalists, musicians and dancers bring music from Scott Walker’s seminal albums The Drift and Tilt to life in an extraordinary world-premiere production; Drifting and Tilting - The Songs of Scott Walker.
This thrilling song-cycle will be set and designed for the Barbican Theatre stage, with music performed by a 42 piece string orchestra playing alongside Walker’s band.
Provided vocals on:
A deliciously dark evening of twisted Christmas songs from an exciting line-up of singers, musicians and stage actors performing their own versions of Christmas songs past, present and future.
Beatbox artist Shlomo hosts a very special show to promote music as an aid to fight knife crime in the UK. A diverse cast of guest artists collaborate with Shlomo for one night of spontaneous music.
The idea for the concert is based on Shlomo’s two-hour show at Glastonbury festival this year, where he brought out a whole host of guest artists to collaborate and jam in front of 15,000 people.
In this performance, each artist performs one or two songs, either solo or duetting with Shlomo or other guests, with Shlomo’s beatbox choir, The Vocal Orchestra, always on-hand as the backing band.
Taking the Christ out of Christmas:
The faithful are always accusing we godless of trying to take the god out of Christmas - so that’s what we’ve decided to do. Together with the comedy genius Robin Ince we are doing a series of shows in London in December called Nine Lessons and Nine Carols for Godless People.
We’ve got an incredible line-up of comedians, boffins and musicians: Stewart Lee, Josie Long, Mark Thomas, Phill Jupitus, Richard Herring, Natalie Haynes, Nick Doody, Christina Martin, Chris Addison, Jo Neary, Darren Heyman, Justin Edwards, Robyn Hitchcock, Gavin Osbourne, Martin White Orchestra, Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre and Richard Dawkins. It’ll be a thrilling and hilarious celebration.
Jarvis performed acoustic versions of:
Latitude is not only committed to minimising its own impact on the environment, but to increasing awareness about the impacts of our collective lifestyle on the world at large. Sharing this commitment and outlook, Cape Farewell brings to the festival an exciting group of artists and their climate-focused work.
David Buckland, artist, founder & director of Cape Farewell is joined by comedian Marcus Brigstocke, beat-boxer Shlomo and very special guest. Cape Farewell pioneers a cultural response to climate change and since 2003 has led 7 expeditions to the High Arctic, taking artists with climate scientists to one of the world’s most significant climate tipping points.
Jarvis (vocals), Tim McCall (guitar) and beatboxer Shlomo performed:
Jarvis and Richard Hawley played guitar on:
A Special Event at the Sala Sinopoli Auditorium to meet David Buckland, Director of Cape Farewell, and the rock star Jarvis Cocker. David Buckland will show extracts from his forthcoming film "Disko Bay" and Jarvis Cocker will give a musical performance. They will be joined by the Film Director Nick Stringer (Director of "The Incredible Journey of the Turtle").
Jarvis performed acoustic renditions of:
Jarvis made a guest appearance.
Jarvis (vocals) and Gonzales (piano):
This was an event organised by photographer Rankin to raise money for the charity Youth Music. 70 artists were given portraits of themselves taken by Rankin to customise. These were displayed at an exhibition entitled 'Destroy' before being auctioned off. Jarvis played a short acoustic set on the auction night.
To celebrate Youth Music’s 10th Birthday, 70 of the world’s greatest musicians and visual artists have created a groundbreaking body of collaborative artwork based on Rankin’s iconic portraits of musicians.
As part of National Youth Music Week 2009, Youth Music will take over Phillips De Pury London for a festival of art and live music featuring performances from Destroy artists.
Original works by Damien Hirst, Douglas Gordon, Debbie Harry, Michael Stipe, U2, Mat Collishaw, Marianne Faithfull and many others will be auctioned to support the UK’s biggest music charity for young people.
Jarvis (vocals and guitar) and Tim McCall (guitar) played:
This night was billed under the name 'Florence and Friends'. Florence Welch was joined by a number of guests including Jarvis and Steve Mackey. Others included Patrick Wolf, Kid Harpoon and Jack Penate.
Setlist (vocals by Jarvis)
An interesting set including Jarvis' solo material (Big Julie, Disney Time), Pulp (This Is Hardcore, Ladies Man), songs written by Air and Jarvis for Charlotte Gainsbourg (The Operation, AF607105, Jamais, Everything I Cannot See), as well as Air's own work (Playground Love, The Vagabond, Sexy Boy).
Jarvis with Duane Eddy and Richard Hawley (and various other musicians).
Jarvis Cocker will play alongside Richard Hawley and Tennessee guitar legend Duane Eddy for this year's Jack Daniel’s birthday celebrations in London with Ellie Goulding supporting.
In addition to their original material all four will bring the spirit of Tennessee to life when they perform a Jack Daniel's birthday exclusive of very special collaborations themed around great Americana classics.
Jarvis performed vocals on the following:
Jarvis performed This Is Hardcore in a new arrangement with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The programme is also included:
An edited version of the concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 3rd July 2011. It did not include This Is Hardcore.
Hearing is believing – Jarvis is your host, and plays Pulp’s This Is Hard Core with the BBC Concert Orchestra…
Hearing is an illusion – Andrew Poppy’s Revolution No. 8: Airport for Joseph Beuys wires the orchestra inside a box of electric delights designed to scatter sound to the outer limits. Patrick Nunn connects an electric cello into shape shifting electronics that manipulate instrumental sounds into shimmering reflections in his Fata Morgana and gives Aphex Twin's Nannou an acoustic-twist. From South America, Eduardo Miranda and Javier Álvarez demonstrate the alchemy of transmuting acoustic tones into electric gold…
Hearing is not believing what you see – Graham Fitkin’s Kaplan reminds us of the menacing antihero of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller North By Northwest, a man who definitely doesn’t want you to know who he is. Also hiding in the acoustic undergrowth, Edward Williams’ Suite from Life on Earth, music conceived for David Attenborough’s Life on Earth…
And Seeing is Believing: the title of young New York superstar composer Nico Muhly’s concerto for electric six-string violin and orchestra – electronica evoking celestial clouds and telescopic, foraging insects….