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Every generation needs its poets and here's the 23 musical scribes who define 2010.

Meanwhile, you can vote for the best lyricists ever here.

Words: Emily Mackay, Matt Wilkinson, Barry Nicolson, Mark Beaumont, Laura Snapes, Dan Martin, Sam Wolfson, Martin Robinson, Jaimie Hodgson


Jarvis is now 46. He’s still telling tales of kitchen-sink drama with all the wit and panache he’s displayed during the past 30-odd-years

Despite the weed-in-tweed persona, Jarvis has always been a sex-obsessed bugger, painting himself in Pulp as Sheffield’s resident perv – hiding in wardrobes, shagging married birds, all that stuff.

‘Carry On Jarvis’ everyone said after Pulp hit the big time, but the gadabout sex maniac revealed himself to be something less than that – and more. These days as a solo artist, Jarvis has settled into being the Philip Larkin of pop: a brave, brutally honest, bone-dry lyricist still obsessed with life’s crapness, but delving ever deeper into the dark depths of his own personality.

Oh, and did we mention he’s funny? Very funny. “Cunts are still running the world”? Indeed. MR

Key lyric: “Your life is just a carrier-bag/Overfill it and the straps will snap”
('Further Complications’, from ‘Further Complications’, 2009)


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