Jarvis Cocker Quotes


I've always had an eye for nature but it's the sort of thing to keep quiet about because I don't want to come across as a mad hippy. But it makes sense to appreciate those things.

I appreciate people who try and use language in an interesting way.

I'm always nervous when I perform anyway.

I do write songs with a political dimension to them sometimes but I'm always slightly appalled by it when I do.

There isn't much I find interesting to write about in middle-class life.

The main thing I don't like about myself is an absurd level of self-consciousness that makes any sort of social encounter an ordeal for me.

I'm not very keen on ageing. I'm not keen on the physical decay. I probably am quite vain. I think you want to try and look OK for the benefit of other people.

I always thought that I might retire from any form of sexuality by the age of 40 and just become a dignified older person.

I would like to believe in an afterlife; it makes things more palatable. But I'm not banking on it.

When I was in Pulp I actively did more TV stuff because that was during the Great Britpop Wars and it seemed important to prove that indie people could speak. That war doesn't exist anymore.

I believe that humans adapt to circumstance. The Internet is quite an unprecedented circumstance so it's going to take people a while to get their heads around it.

I'm always amazed by people who blog all the time and tweet all the time and still get things done. I don't know how they do it.

A Conservative government is necessary. There is no credible alternative.

For me the great thing about music is that anybody can do it.

Pornography takes all the reality out of sex and Disney does that to family life.

We've always been a bit out of touch with reality.

You don't often hear people say 'Oh since he's been taking them drugs he's such a nice person! He's really come out of his shell he's really nice he's blossomed'.

I like bossy girls. I don't like girls who just do whatever they think you want them to do and follow you around trying to please you all the time.

People who make good music aren't necessarily nice people.

I don't really care what someone's background is; creativity can come from any background.

I travel backwards and forwards quite a lot. I live very near to the train station. I'm kind of playing at being an expatriate I suppose.

It's good that I managed to hoodwink so many people. I am actually not that nice a person.

Don't think that the things around you don't count because they do.

Noise is an easy thing to hide behind. If you make a lot of noise and shout behind that nobody can tell what you're singing.

Oh you know I've been writing a novel.

I think the credit crunch is a brilliant thing. We should all stop moaning and start celebrating. When times are tough it's an opportunity to start looking at life in a different way.

I'm sure Sting's a lovely guy. It's just that nobody wants to be seen as that holier-than-thou thing. That over-earnestness is a bit of a problem with people in bands and celebrities or whatever.

You get to a certain age and you just want to prove that you can still rock - that you've still got it.

Anyone who thinks they're sexy needs their head checked.

I speak onstage to try to establish some method of communication. The songs are supposed to be a way of communicating. But speech and drinks and sometimes chocolates are also a way of communicating.

I'd been thinking I'd have to learn how to play really well but obviously the message of punk was that you just learn three chords in a week and you're away.

We live in an age where people are kind of a bit obsessed with celebrity and stuff. You can't help but be curious about it.

In no way am I supporting or suggesting that a Conservative government is a good thing far from it.

It's weird: The leader of the Conservative Party in England is two years younger than me and I still don't really feel like a responsible adult.

I guess I'm fairly insistent and maybe consistent. If I decide I'll do something I generally will.

The working class has been turned into a consuming class - a situation has been created where people value their worth by what they can afford.

Words are important to me but a song can work and function and be a good song with words that are fairly standard. But really great lyrics can't rescue a dog of a song.

You know when you get into that thing where people want to discuss the relationship? I'd rather discuss what was on telly avoid the issue discuss anything other than the relationship.

Everybody's a bit screwed up you know. You can take it as symptoms of a disorder or you can take it as personality. Me I'd rather think it as parts of personality.

The thing with Disney songs is they're very manipulative very sentimental but they do get you you know - there's a kind of sadness to them and that kind of music doesn't really exist any more.

You can do anything when you're famous. That's why famous people are so dumb.

I'm not a religious person but I do like the idea of Sunday as a day set apart from the rest of the week. It's nice to have a period of reflection and have time to think about things.

You write a song about how you think at the time and then gradually you drift away from that and when it's far enough in the past that's when you think 'Now I have to write something new.'

I am proud and more than a little excited to be asked to work with Faber in an editorial capacity. It is my dearest hope that we will produce some fantastic books together.

The things in my songs are the edited highlights of my life. I don't go seeking out strange sexual experiences every day of the week.

Money isn't important but you have to have enough so you don't have to think about it. Thinking about money is a drag.

My route so far through life hasn't been particularly logical or even thought out.

If you get involved in music expecting to make a living out of it then you've picked the wrong thing to do. That shouldn't really be in your mind.

Pulp existed for 12 years before we got famous. Now you could say that was just lack of imagination but it's some kind of quality isn't it? Tenacity. You could also say it was sloth.

Its OK to grow up just as long as you don't grow old. Face it you are young.

In a song you can kind of stage-manage everything so that it puts you in a good light. And once a song is recorded it always performs well.

The good thing about people really is their iffy-ness and dodginess isnt it?

But I've got ideas. I keep my little notebook I've always got that with me. Hopefully there's more stuff than nonsense in there.

Part of why I started a band was due to feelings of shyness and social ineptitude. I saw it as some way of being able to interact with people from a safe distance.

[Jeffrey Lewis is] The best lyricist working in the US today.

I would rather kill myself than play my own music... I can't stand it when people do that.

Silver Machine still sounds really modern with all the white noise. It's a bit punky in a way. They were ahead of their time.

Will you see Pulp again? Who knows. I'm not stoking those particular rumours.

I got a pair of red synthetic satin women's pants through the post the other day with a phone number on. That was quite strange. I haven't tried the phone number. In times of stress I may.

I'm a sluggish character; I'm a bit slow. For some reason I find it hard to work quickly.

The best thing you can give someone is the freedom to make their own mind up - and then if it's not working out 5 years later you can give your opinion.