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Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker feared competition from Morrissey and The Smiths

October 21, 2011

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Jarvis Cocker, Pulp, 2011
Former Britpop star and bum wiggler Jarvis Cocker recently admitted that he once felt crippled by his jealousy of Manchester legend Morrissey. Cocker, who formed his band Pulp in 1978 at the age of just 15, feared that the world had “no room for two northern misfits.”

Speaking to a gathering of fans at Manchester Hall recently, the much-loved singer and writer revealed his regrets over those envious feelings. “It took me a long time to get over that, and it was just petty jealousy really. Can I apologise for that?”

Despite making a successful live comeback with his old group this summer, Jarvis also insisted that he would not be recording with Pulp again. “It felt like we did ourselves justice,” he said. “For all of us, it was something we wanted to prove we could do.”

Jarvis Cocker’s first book Mother, Brother, Lover has just been published this week by Faber & Faber. He has also accepted a new commissioning role at the publishing house, which begins in January 2012.


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