Pulp's Jarvis Cocker Debuts New Song in Response to the Paris Attacks, 'Friday 13 2015'
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:36:34
Midway through his BBC Radio 6 Music program Sunday Service, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker debuted a spoken word piece called "Friday 13th 2015." It was penned in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, and appeared in a playlist of songs by Francophiles and about Paris ("I Love Paris" by Frank Sinatra would follow it). Cocker lives in Paris with his family, and the piece recounts in his distinctive, deliberate tone what he calls "my experience of those couple of days."
"It was my mother's birthday," he begins, over a sparse, ambient score. "I was listening to [John Cale's] The Academy in Peril. I had been in the police station for the third time that week, because my son had got his mobile phone stolen." He goes on to note the banality of a few more events before starting to worry about his son, who was elsewhere in the city at a friend's house watching a soccer match.
As the time line moves along and his son returns home safely, the track begins to whip up into a percolating synth loop after a friend says to him, "The strongest statement of resistance is to just keep going." This is where Cocker, with something of a whiff of "Common People," proceeds to honor Paris' colorful multitudes with lyrics like,"Transvestite with blonde hair, red boots, and slight five o'clock shadow: I love you/Girls with bare legs and fake tan: I love you."
Keep going, keep loving: a resilient message indeed. Should your faith in humanity need some restoring these days, remember to take heart in it, along with all the music and artists who inspire you.
You can listen to the entire show until about December 20th at the BBC, or cue up near the one-hour mark for "Friday 13th 2015."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff