Jarvis Cocker: ‘David Bowie makes me feel lazy’

Pulp frontman impressed by the scope of the singer's new exhibition of costumes in London

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has said that Davie Bowie makes him feel lazy after viewing the new London exhibition documenting the iconic singer’s life though costume.

Speaking to the Evening Standard about the David Bowie Is exhibition which opens at London’s V&A gallery on Saturday, March 23, Cocker said that he was staggered by how many items from Bowie’s past were on display and just how much he had achieved in his career. “The main thing that will impress people as they go around the V&A is the sheer volume of stuff Bowie has done, it makes me feel very lazy,” he said. “He made a real impact on our culture: he brought a lot of those quite subversive and alternative ideas right into people’s living rooms. He had a very normal name – David Jones – and in a way he was a very typical person of his era, and yet he turned himself into a unique creature.”

Discussing his feelings for Bowie, both past and present, Cocker went on to say: “When I was growing up David Bowie was like the patron saint of the music scene, and then he disappeared for a while and I feel that now he is back like a benign force floating above us. I’m getting into his new album. Recycling the sleeve of the ‘”Heroes”‘ album with ‘The Next Day’ stuck over the front of it says interesting things about looking back. Maybe it’s saying that the latest idea to go forward is that you have to go back – that’s kind of what is happening in culture at the moment.”

David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ went straight to Number One this week following its release on March 10. The much-anticipated album becomes his first Number One in his native Britain since 1993’s ‘Black Tie White Noise’, and has also become the fastest-selling album so far this year, shifting 94,000 copies. Biffy Clyro’s ‘Opposites’ previously had that title, having sold 71,600 copies during its opening week in January.