Jarvis Cocker Quotes

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

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

Because if you give everything away then you become a kind of non-person.

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

Even when we were deeply unsuccessful we used to cover the stage with tin foil or hang things from the stage. People used to take the piss out of us, but I always thought it defined it as a night that’s not the same as every other night in that venue. I think it shows a bit of respect for your audience.

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 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 guess lots of people have one particular incident that overshadows just about everything else they’ve done in your life. Although I don’t regret it as a moral action, the fact it will be the first line in my obituary is just a little bit disappointing. I’d like to think I’d given more to the world.

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.

I recently spent quite a bit of time in Sheffield, England, which is where I’m from. I wouldn’t move back there, but it’s funny when you spend a bit of time in the place where you were brought up. You kind of realize how that place has had quite a big effect on you or made you a certain way.

I thought it would solve problems, that if I got famous everything would fall into place. I was very shy with girls. I thought if I got famous then girls would approach me. And it’s true, they did, but only crazy girls.

I used to look at older people who bothered to still attend nightclubs and couldn’t help but wonder why. Didn’t they realize how foolish they looked? Of course, now that I’m one of those people myself, I have decided that such rules don’t apply to me.

I was struck by the massive discrepancy between the way relationships were depicted in the songs I’d heard on the radio and the way I was experiencing them in real life.

I was watching telly and that Johnny Cash song came on ‘Hurt’. But it was advertising Nike trainers, and that struck me as being a particularly inappropriate use of music.

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.

I’d never really wanted to have a really private life before. But when somebody starts delving into it and printing details through the tabloids for shagging people you shouldn’t have shagged, then that probably made me shy away a bit more from giving too much away.

If nobody’s listening, you can say whatever you want.

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.

I’m always nervous when I perform anyway.

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

It was a big thing for me. I certainly didn’t want to be an absent father. My father disappeared and I know the effects of that. When I met him many years later there was nothing there. It wasn’t like we were antagonistic but there wasn’t a feeling of love or affection and that was a bit sad. I guess I’m determined not to allow that to happen with my son.

It’s OK to grow up, just as long as you don’t grow old. Face it you are young.

I’ve got to an age where I just can’t be arsed doing things that make me feel crap. So you may as well just do things that you enjoy. Say it doesn’t get you a multi-platinum album, at least you had a good time.

Lyrics are not poetry: they are the words to a song.

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.

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

The thing I like about music, and why I started to do it in the first place, is that I’m a fairly reserved person in normal life. It was always my chance, when I got on stage, to show off and come out of my shell a bit. It would be kind of stupid to deny myself that. Well, I can’t help myself actually. I kind of do it to get excited.

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.

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.

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

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.