Twenty years ago today, on February 19, 1996, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker upstaged Michael Jackson by wandering onstage at the Brit Awards in a zip-up cardigan during Jackson’s performance of ‘Earth Song’, walking about a little, bending over and making a little wafting gesture with his hands, from his arse, before lifting his top up towards the camera, and rushing off again. That moment of protest is captured in all its glory below.
Immediately afterwards Cocker was rushed to a police station and kept there until 3am on charges that he said were to do with allegedly “assaulting some kids” during his stage invasion. Comedian Bob Mortimer, formerly a solicitor for Peckham Council, offered to take on his case, but ended up being besieged by police officers asking for his autograph. Men Behaving Badly’s Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey started a ‘Free Jarvis’ campaign outside. And in this interview with Chris Evans on TFI Friday, held just four days after the event in 1996, you can hear Jarvis’ brilliantly disinterested side of the story, including the revelation of who dared him to get on the stage in the first place.