Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker: ‘Pop songs have lost their meaning’ – video

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Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker claims that pop songs have lost their meaning.

The singer said music has become “like a scented candle” and very few songs today have lyrics people can relate to anymore. “They just get that from somewhere else,” he told The Guardian. “In a way it doesn’t matter where it comes from, does it? You probably get it off Facebook now or something, I don’t know.

He added: “To look for some kind of insight or meaning in pop songs is not really – well there’s plenty of other places where you should probably look first before you start looking for it in a pop song. I guess it was just because I was really into music as a child, and I wanted it to say more. It was the thing, wasn’t it? And now it isn’t.”

Cocker also said that music is not so central to people’s lives since the rise of social networking. “Music’s changed in that way, people still listen to it, but it’s not as central, it’s more like a scented candle, it sets the mood” he explained.

“Also, because people like to multitask, in a way if you’ve got a bit of music on in the background and the lyrical content is making you want to listen to it, then that would probably put you off the texting you wanted to do. I think people like things that just make that right kind of noise, but leave your brain free to do something else.”

The singer recently returned to his old high school in Sheffield where he performed his first ever songs ‘Shakespeare Rock’ and ‘Life Is A Circle’. Scroll down and click below to watch video footage of Cocker performing both tracks.