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Monday, 2 April 2012

Pulp live at the Royal Albert Hall London: Jarvis Cocker gets sweaty



Before I go into holiday-mode I wanted to show and tell my Saturday; it was a very good day. The girls and I took advantage of a lastminute.com deal at Thirty Seven Degrees at Kensington Olympia, which was a belated birthday celebration for me. I had this wholesome idea that instead of drinking and debauching, we would have facials and swim and basically be grown ups.

Well, we did have facials and we did chill out, but then we went straight across the road to the Hand and Flower where several bottles of wine were consumed and I downed steak and chips; then it was off to the Royal Albert Hall to watch Jarvis Cocker pump and grind his way through a set that included Babies, Do You Remember the First Time?, Mis-Shapes, This is Hardcore, Something Changed and (one of my fave records, like, ever) Sunrise (goosebump-arama). I didn't feel very grown up when I was po-going in the Gods to Disco 2000 and Common People, I can tell you.

If you like Pulp, you'd better look on (I promise, there's not one but two treats in store)....

Appaz, it was the first time Pulp has ever played the Royal Albert Hall
I've always been fascinated with that ceiling - it's like something outta Doctor who
The gig was part of the Teenage Cancer Trust series of concerts
Cider in hand and red skinny jeans (just about) on - I'm ready for some Cocker
In spite of being seated at the top o' the shop, we were v excited; sadly, we fell out with the Welshman who took this pic about five mins later (he wasn't impressed with us standing up and dancing. Whatevs.)
Here comes the Cocker: Although I'm not into Jarvis in a "sex symbol" sense, plenty of the ladies are - they were wild for him. Wild.
It was fab to see Sheffield legend Richard Hawley as part of the line-up - and Jarvis brought out his sister, Saskia, to sing backing vocals on My Lighthouse, from the band's first (1983!) album, It
Jarvis proves he's still got the moves and (as I can confirm thanks to my "bird's eye view) a full head of hair
The ladies were going apeshit at this point (even the seat-soaked shirt later on couldn't put them off); it's the Northern patter I like, rather than the hip thrusts
If any of my American friends are feeling the love for Cocker, Pulp play Coachella on April 13th & 20th
Jarvis passed comment on Candida Doyle's lovely dress - looks like vintage to me
"I wanna take you home, I wanna give you children...
...you might be my girlfriend, ye-ah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah"

And I promised you two treats, and I always deliver; so for the Pulp lovers out there, here's Pulp performing My Lighthouse at the gig on Saturday (courtesy of the Teenage Cancer Trust) and a classic performance of my fave track, Sunrise, from 2001. Enjoy!


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