As a small gift to myself I began a long overdue personal portrait assignment. (Fan Art?) It was appropriate while I was considering aging, what it means to be an adult, desires versus needs and all those other dumb birthday thoughts.
Appropriate because Jarvis Cocker-the former singer of Pulp- just gets cooler as he gets older. I first learned about Pulp -who were cool when I was more into T-Rex than the Top Of The Pops- while I was living with a woman 12 years my senior. They were a brit pop fixation that played Suicide and Yé-Yé influenced Pop Music. Ya know- for the kids.
What really struck me was that the band had been active for nearly 15 years before they reached any commercial success.
By the time I heard them brit pop and the disco nineties were but an ecstasy blurred memory. Solo projects had taken flight– another 15 years later and hey! Pulp headlined Coachella and did a U.S. tour last year. In January of this year they even got another captain of cool and slow burn vet James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) to produce their first single in 11 years. Appropriately titled “After You.”
My real connection with Jarvis however, is in the studio. Every Sunday he does a radio broadcast called Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service. It’s 2 hours of music, city features and cool guests. Every week for nearly 3 years- I’vet sat, relaxed and drawn with Jarvis.
On the back sleeve of Pulp’s Album This Is Hardcore you can find the secret to his success. It says “It’s OK to grow up, just as long as you don’t grow old. Face it you are young.” I think about those words every birthday.