Modern day heroes (2)

Taking a tip from Serge's recent spate of musically aware postings and more than a pinch of inspiration from Andrea, I am taking up the challenge of creating a semi-regular 'modern day heroes' post, beginning with a man who I will admit to appreciating more and more with the benefit of hindsight.

Jarvis Cocker, the lanky, eccentric, northern front-man for the band Pulp, will be remembered by many for a couple of great songs in the 90s and a bottom-waving protest at Michael Jackson's self-proclaimed messiah of pop performance at the Brit Awards. For me, Jarvis (as he was known throughout the late 90s – there was no need for a surname, everyone knew which Jarvis you meant), provided a much-needed antidote to the machismo of the emerging lads' culture that sprang up in late 90s Britain. The foul-mouthed posturing of Oasis providing a soundtrack to the Euro 96 football hooliganism, the booze sodden trips to Ibiza and Magaluf for a seedy mix of sun, sea and STD's, even the art-school, indie crowd with their blur and elastica inspired uniforms were pogo-ing to a stereotype. Out of the floppy hair, cords and Paul Weller wannabe's came a man who's dress sense veered between Oscar Wilde and a charity shop and who sang with a slightly foppish northern accent that bore no relation whatsoever to Liam Gallagher's abrasive Mancunian scowl.

Pulp released some great music (and some fairly average offerings) before and after 1995s Different Class brought them into the mainstream's attention. Not for the music but for being a true British eccentric; a dandy amongst football shirted hordes and, above all else, for knowing how to retire gracefully (although Jarvis, on the unlikely chance that you ever read this, please don't encourage them and do any more of those 100 best… shows), I think Jarvis Branson Cocker is a modern day hero.


Blogger Pub said...

Andrea - I suppose this is a pre-emptive comment. I debated for a while over whether or not to include well-known figures in the modern day heroes postings. I decided to but only on the proviso that the post was not focussed on what they were well known for eg. a singer's songs/performances etc.

I've got a few lined up who I'm sure very few will have heard of. The true 'unsung' heroes but for now, Jarvis is getting the ball rolling

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Anonymous Andrea Weckerle said...


So, you already anticipated my question? Very impressive. I agree that mixing it up is a good idea. An extension of sorts could also be talking about some known person doing something most people don't know about, e.g., unsung actions.

Great start.

I've been seeing quite a few PR and communications bloggers posting about what I call "social good" topics. I think that's absolutely wonderful.

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Anonymous Serge said...

"She came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge. She studied sculpture at St Martin's college. That's where I caught her eye." There aren't that many songs I know some of the lyrics to, but Common People definitely is one of them. Brilliant song, brilliant album. So: brilliant choice Sam - couldn't agree more. I sure remember the Michael Jackson incident very well... Disco 2000 was another great song from the Different class album. I also tried "This is hardcore" some time later, but I don't really think it matched the previous one. I also remember seeing them live once at the Torhout-Werchter festival (1996). A friend of mine (who is somewhat older than me) noted they made him think of The Sparks (who had a hit mid/late 70s with "This town ain't big enough for the both of us"). Don't know if this comparison made any sense. Wonder, though, what JC would have thought of that. Also wonder what he's been up to lately. Any idea?
Note1: Blur and Elastica inspired uniforms? Don't know about that, but I sure like the tunes...
Note2: Pre-emptive comment? The word pre-emptive alone is enough to give me the jitters... ;-)

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