Jarvis Cocker returns with ‘Likely Stories’ EP

Pulp frontman will release music he made for Neil Gaiman series

Jarvis Cocker will release a 7″ EP of music written for new TV series Likely Stories.

The Pulp frontman wrote the music for the upcoming Neil Gaiman show, which will begin next week on Sky Arts (May 26).

Jarvis worked on the score for the series with Scott Walker percussionist Alasdair Malloy, Serafina Steer, Bas Jan, Martin Slattery (The Hours, Black Grape) and drummer Tom Skinner (Melt Yourself Down). Portishead’s Adrian Utley plays synth on the ‘Main Theme’.


One track features a female choir while the lyrics to another list edible fungi found in the UK. The limited 7” is available in record shops from today.

He describes the music on the EP as: “Four grubby tales set in all night cafes, low rent drinking dens and doctor’s surgeries. I didn’t have to leave my comfort zone for this assignment.”

Those wishing to get hold of the 7” in another way are invited to take part in the ‘Likely Stories’ Treasure Hunt, which will start on Thursday, May 26. A number of copies of the EP have been hidden in secret locations throughout the UK. By using Geo-Cache technology you can attempt to find one. Go to roughtraderecords.com for details of how to take part and make up your very own Likely Story in the process.

Further copies will be hidden in locations featured in the series during the run of the show.

The cast for Likely Stories includes Johnny Vegas and Friday Night Dinner actor Paul Ritter. It will be directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the directors behind Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth.


‘Likely Stories’ is the first musical release from Jarvis Cocker since 2009’s ‘Further Complications’ album. Pulp reformed in 2010 and released the one-off single ‘After You’ in 2012.