A charity tribute concert dedicated to music publicist Scott Piering.
"Scott Piering was the guy that took us on when nobody was interested in us at all," Cocker told NME. "Because he was independent and chose what he wanted to work on, he worked really hard for us. The most extreme example of his behaviour was on one of our singles, 'Razzmatazz', he went to Radio 1 with 'Pulp' shaved into the back of his head. That's a bit beyond the call of duty!"
It was like watching auditions for Pop Idol in which all the contestants were already famous. On Thursday, Pulp, Richard Ashcroft and Stereophonies were among the stars who took it in turn to perform a few songs in front of a club crowd a fraction the size of their usual audience. The reason was 4Scott, a charity gig held in honour of the pop publicist Scott Piering, who died of cancer two years ago. Ten of the artists Piering represented made up the sort of bill usually seen only at summer festivals.
Pulp, the headliners, had to make do with the Gareth Gates slot. Perhaps that's why the singer decided to wear a pair of denim jeans, the first he has bought in a decade, or so he said. Out of his normal cords, Cocker didn't look quite right. He didn't bother dancing through Babies or Something's Changed, but he got girls screaming when he took off his dowdy jacket for Bad Cover Version. Gareth would have smiled sweetly. Cocker asked if they were screams of horror.