First for music news
This Week's Issue
You’re logged in

THE GREATEST LYRICISTS IN THE WORLD TODAY

 

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)

 

Listen to Pulp Now

 

Latest Pulp News

Jarvis Cocker says Metallica's Glastonbury set could be 'a bit abrasive'

Jarvis Cocker says Metallica's Glastonbury set could be 'a bit abrasive'

The Pulp frontman voices concerns that the band's set won't work with the festival goers' 'fragile' state

Pulp mobbed by fans at European premiere of 'Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets'

The movie screens as part of Sheffield's Doc/Fest

  • Jun 8, 2014

Jarvis Cocker: 'A lot of bands are posh now because they've got something to prove'

The Pulp frontman says a song like 'Common People' couldn't be written today

  • Jun 5, 2014

More Pulp News

 

More Pulp Reviews

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets

A fittingly eccentric portrait of the band and their Sheffield hometown

  • May 30, 2014

Live Review: Exit Festival

Serbia, Thursday, July 7 – Sunday, July 10

  • Jul 19, 2011

Live Review: Primavera Sound

Parc Del Forum, Barcelona, May 26th-28th

  • Jun 14, 2011

More Pulp Reviews

 
 
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
Most Read News
Popular This Week
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today