Cocker, whose set revolved mainly around tracks from his 2006 solo debut ‘Jarvis’, was in exuberant form, telling jokes and asking punters if they were going to the G.A.Y. nightclub taking place at the venue afterwards.
The singer, backed by a five-piece band including former Pulp bassist Steve Mackey, also cheerfully dismissed a request to play his former band’s classic single ‘Common People’, saying, “This band are not Pulp.”
The star also covered Talking Heads‘ ‘Heaven’ from their 1979 album ‘Fear Of Music’.
The set in full was:
‘Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time’
‘One Man Show’
‘I Will Kill Again’
‘From A To I’
‘Cunts Are Still Running The World’
Speaking to NME.COM afterwards, Cocker said: “I thought it was alright. There’s something about the Astoria, it’s a nice place to play. You feel quite close to the audience.
Speaking about the cover versions, he said: “In a way, it’s my way of saying thank you for listening to these songs.”
North Carolina six-piece Annuals kicked things off with a storming set that included songs from their forthcoming debut album ‘Be He Me’, including set opener ‘Complete Or Completing’ and recent single ‘Carry Around’ , while singer Bat For Lashes, backed by a three-piece band, also went down a storm with the crowd with a set which included acclaimed debut single ‘The Wizard’.