Just to further complicate things Mr Jarvis Cocker is releasing a highly limited (1,000 copies only) 7’” 45 rpm single on the 9th of November this year. It’s a double-A sided affair featuring “Further Complications” (from the Rough Trade album of the same name) on one side & “Girls Like it Too” on the other. Both tracks were recorded in Chicago by Steve Albini earlier this year. “Further Complications” you may already familiar with, “Girls Like it Too” probably not – & there’s a bit of a story behind that song…..would you care to hear it? You would? Splendid – well, the song’s title comes from a speech made at John Peel’s funeral by his brother Alan. It seems that the younger Ravenscroft asked his big brother John for some advice on how to deal with the lustful thoughts that were beginning to stir in his teenage body & John replied “Just remember: girls like it too” – a pretty good piece of sex education in anyone’s language. This anecdote made a great impression on Jarvis at the time & now it has finally found its way into a song, almost 5 years to the day since the great man’s passing in October 2004. Yes, it really is that long ago already.
To mark the release Jarvis & the band will be occupying the “Village Underground” complex in Shoreditch & doing another event along the lines of their week-long residency in the Galerie Chappe in Paris earlier this year. That event involved open-to-all improvisation sessions, Yoga classes with live musical accompaniment, Belly Dancing workshops, Kids activities & performances with special guests – & they intend to take the idea to the next level this time. Watch some of the fun & games that happened – on Youtube. More details nearer the date.
Jarvis (or a puppet looking suspiciously like him) can be seen in the new Wes Anderson movie “The Fantastic Mr Fox” which is opening the London Film Festival this year. He also contributed a song to the soundtrack of the film (& his car’s in it too!). Jarvis is currently working on ideas for a video to accompany the single with the talented French director Stephanie di Giusto who has previously made clips for Brigitte Fontaine & Camille as well as producing a recently-released “cinematic portrait” of the actress Lou Douillon.
He would also like you to know that all the podcasts of him reading short stories that were previously on his MySpace page will shortly be available to download from this website – & he’s even threatening to do some more! Plus, there should be some footage from the Galerie Chappe event up there soon too. Ok, ok – we know: information overload!! But listen, thanks for taking the time to read this…& here’s to a pleasantly complicated October.