Jarvis Cocker creates fictional vinyl sleeves for art exhibition in Paris

'20 Golden Greats' will be shown this summer at Red Bull Space Paris

Jarvis Cocker has designed the artwork for a number of fictional vinyl records.

The sleeves will be shown at an exhibition called 20 Golden Greats at Red Bull Space Paris from June 17 to August 28, reports Pitchfork. The exhibit will be accompanied by an instrumental soundtrack made by Cocker at Red Bull Studios Paris and which features collaborations with producer Pilooski and musician and singer Serafina Steer. The soundtrack will be available to buy on limited vinyl at the exhibition.

Speaking about 20 Golden Greats in a press release, Cocker commented: “The idea arose 3 years ago, during a period in which I didn’t really know where I was headed. I had just finished a tour and people kept asking what I was going to do next, if I was going to start work on a new record. Though it’s a bit embarrassing, that’s where the idea came from. I told them ‘Yes, I’m working on records, but not in the manner you’d expect.”

Cocker returned to his BBC 6 Music radio show earlier this month. The Pulp frontman took a year-long sabbatical from the station last year to focus on other projects, but returned to his Sunday Service broadcasting duties on March 1.

Cocker, who was replaced by Iggy Pop during his absence, had previously said it was necessary for him to leave so the radio programme could continue to improve. “Crop Rotation has long been recognised as a way of preserving the fertility of the soil,” he said in December 2013. “Every now and again a field has to be left fallow for a year in order to make sure it has time to recover. In 2014, I will be that field. ‘Tis done with the firm conviction that it will lead to a stronger and more vigorous Sunday Service when I return to 6 Music’s pastures.”

The singer, who also has been working in a position as editor-at-large with book publishers Faber, revealed in May last year that he had taken a break from radio to concentrate on writing new songs. “Whether it’s to impress girls, or whatever, music is the thing that has become my means of self-expression,” he said. “So this year I’m taking a break from the radio show to find out if I’ve got any interesting songs left to write or whether I’ve written them all.”

Last year saw the release of the documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets. The film, which charts Pulp’s homecoming show in Sheffield in December 2012, featured footage from the band’s gig at the city’s Motorpoint Arena as well as interviews with fans and members of the group. The film won Best Music Film at the NME Awards with Austin, Texas last month.
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