June 5, 2014 16:06

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

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

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Jarvis Cocker has said he thinks a lot of bands are "posh" now because wealthier people have "something to prove".

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is in shops and available digitally now, the Pulp frontman notes that the band's 1995 single 'Common People' would have come out differently if it had been written about the Britain of 2014.

"There isn't that magnet of the streets being paved with gold," he says of moving to London from Sheffield in the mid-90s. "There's not really any money left in the music industry."

"That's why a lot of bands are posh now, because in a way they've got something to prove: 'I'm not just posh, I've got something to say,'" he added. "That sounds like I'm being snidey about that, but they've got an impetus. The impetus behind 'Common People' was that this girl thought that people in Hackney or whatever were having a good time. I think now people are trying to gatecrash prince Harry's party – they think rich people are having a good time."

"It's obvious that poor people aren’t having a good time, because they're too poor," he concluded. "Because of this widening divide, everybody wants bling now. Is that the word, bling?"

The band's upcoming movie, Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets will receive its European premiere in Sheffield this Saturday (June 7) at the City Hall as part of Sheffield Doc Fest 2014. The documentary, which charts Pulp's homecoming show in Sheffield in December 2012, will also be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK. For a full list of cinemas taking part in the live screening, visit Pulpthefilm/screenings.

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