The wisdom Of Pulp's Jarvis Cocker

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The wisdom Of Pulp's Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker is going to be hosting a special playback of Pulp's 'Different Class' at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket as part of Classic Album Sundays on June 6. To celebrate, here are some of Jarv's most memorable quotes.

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On his first memory: "When I was two-and-a-half, and me sister'd just been born, and my mum were breast-feeding her in bed. I came in and said 'Can I have a go?' She said 'No, you can't,' and I thought this was very mean. I couldn't understand why my sister could have something that I couldn't." (Sky Magazine, November 1995)

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On why goldfish are so thick: "Because they hang round at fairgrounds with the bad lads on the Waltzers. They're the slags of the fish world." (Smash Hits, March 1996)

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On his childhood: "I was a very shy child. My mother was always constantly thinking up schemes to get me to mix with other kids. Like at the age of 14 she got me a job in a fish market, which was brilliant for my social life, because obviously I smelled really good when I used to come home." (Juice Magazine, August 1998)

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On what he missed most about Britain: "Marmite and mob violence – that’s what I miss." (Q Magazine, June 2009)

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On imagination and fashion: "I've stuck to the same things for twenty years. I try to look like a slightly edgy geography teacher. Like what a geography teacher looked like when I was in school. Cords, sensible shoes and glasses. I never liked geography much as a subject though. In fact the only geography teacher I can remember from school was a woman who had a moustache." (Acne Paper, 2007)

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On wearing heels: "It's like, what are you going to gain from wearing flat shoes? You're still tall, so why not just go for it? I admire that about Beth Ditto - she just goes, 'Here you are, that's it.' I think it's great. By not being ashamed of it, and accentuating it even, you turn it into something quite positive rather than something you're ashamed of." (Guardian, 2008)

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On having children: "When you have children, things just get even more complicated. They ask awkward questions. I wish I knew the answers." (The Independent Magazine, May 2009)

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On fashion and music: "All these bands with stylists, like Keane or whoever, are just terrible. The point of it is you need to make it up for yourself. You shouldn't have someone telling you to look blandly cool. Blandly cool is the most terrible thing in the world." (NME, April 2006)

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On still being regarded as a sex symbol: "No! Look at me! It's very nice of you to say so, but that's a triumph of positive thinking. Of course, I'm very flattered but it's funny. Hopefully that gives hope to anybody." (The Quietus, 2009)

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"My hard disk is nearly full up. You start regretting all the stuff you obsessed over in your teenage years because you find that you still know all the catalogue numbers to Jam singles. You think, ooh, I could have given over that valuable storage space to something actually useful, like where my keys are'." (The Sunday Herald, August 2007)

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On fame: "As a shy kid growing up in Sheffield, I fantasized about how it would be great to be famous so I wouldn't actually have to talk to people and feel awkward. And of course, as we all know from fairy stories, when you achieve that ambition, you find out you don't want it." (SPIN Magazine, 2009)

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On Joe Cocker: "If we're related, I'm not aware of it. My mother maintains that he fitted the fire in their first flat in Sheffield in the 1960s. He possibly babysat for me a couple of times." (Radio Times, June 2007)

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On his appearance: "If I do become a sex symbol I'll be overcoming my natural disabilities - I'm lanky, with bad eyesight. In reality I look more like an ugly girl." (The Sunday Times Magazine, Spring 1998)

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On receiving gifts from Island Records: "They usually give you some stupid framed picture of a tulip or something, so one year I said, 'If you want to give me a present, give me a fridge."' (The Observer, June 2007)

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On the latest joke he'd heard: "I was watching kids' TV with my son, and they said, 'Why did the baker smell? Because he needed a poo.' It made him laugh, and I thought that was quite extreme for a toddler." (The Sunday Times Culture, November 2006)

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On why cider and red wine should never be mixed: "That's one of my life lessons. Fucking awful, the headache you get after that is the worst ever." (NME, September 2006)

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On his best investment: "My house, I suppose. Just as I never thought I'd get married, I never thought I'd buy a house - it acts like a giant skip for all my rubbish. This is dead boring, talking about investment." (Marie Claire, December 2002)

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On the worst psychological torture he could imagine: "Being locked in a room listening to Aaron Carter on one of them CDs that keep going back to the beginning. I think I'd last about 20 minutes." (Melody Maker, July 1998)

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On his weirdest rave: "Under the M25, in a tunnel that was built for badgers and deer, so they didn't get twatted by cars. All the sound equipment was at one entrance and it went 400 yards back. I remember thinking that the further I moved back from the music, the further I went back in time. When I saw people right at the back I thought they were Neanderthals! Very strange." (Ministry, Dec 2001)

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On what he looks like naked: "Better in subdued lighting. I haven't got a full-length mirror in me house so it's hard to tell. I'm not that keen on me legs, they're a bit bowed at the bottom. I've got a surprisingly hairy chest too, which I blame on the fact that when I was younger I used to use one of those brushes in the bath to clean myself. I think that stimulated hair growth." (FHM, Jan 1996)

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