Jarvis Cocker played his first ever acoustic headline slot in Manchester yesterday (April 16) to help raise money for a local children’s hospital.
Playing city’s Royal Northern College Of Music the ex-Pulp man played a mix of covers, old songs and three new tracks from his upcoming second solo album, ‘Further Complications’.
Opening with the album title track, Cocker told the crowd: “It’s a song about life and how it’s like a plastic bag. It starts off empty and as you go through life you fill it, but be careful – if you put too much in it the handles might break.”
He added: “It’s also worth pointing out that there was a bit I couldn’t fit into the song which was that if you don’t put anything in it, it’ll blow away in the wind like those bags you see near tower blocks. Very deep. Having said that this song is almost obsolete, as it’s all bags for life nowadays.”
Cocker soon followed that up with ‘Slush’, which he wrote the music for “on a boat travelling over the west coast of Greenland”, but he reassured the crowd not to worry about the intent behind the song.
“It’s not a howl of eco-protest, although it does kind of relate as slush is probably what the North Pole will end up being,” he joked.
Finishing his showcase of new material with ‘I Told You Twice (Leftovers)’, a song about falling in love with a women while looking at a skeleton at the Natural History Museum, Cocker also played several Pulp songs, plus covers by the likes of The Velvet Underground, Bruce Springsteen and Talking Heads.
Fan footage of ‘Further Complications’ and ‘Slush’ can be seen below.
Jarvis Cocker played:
‘I Told You Twice (Leftovers)’
‘Tonight Will Be Fine’
‘From Auschwitz To Ipswich’
‘Here She Comes Now’
‘Sorted for E’s and Whizz’
Earlier Badly Drawn Boy had played songs from his 2006 album ‘Born In The UK’, plus singles ‘Once Around The Block’ and ‘Slight Sigh’, which he introduced by saying “I hate this song!”
Fan footage of the collaboration between Badly Drawn Boy and Fretwell can be seen below: