Jarvis Cocker performed like the most worthy successor to John Cleese in the department of silly walks at the Forum theatre on Friday 11 December, and he and his band also made great music. It was the first time I have seen him and I was surprised by how energetic, even frenetic, he was on stage. His dork dancing is superb. Jarvis played a strong selection of songs from his two solo albums, including all my favourites (apart from ‘I will kill again’). I loved ‘Fat children’ and ‘Leftovers’ in particular.
As you would expect if you’ve listened to his lyrics, Jarvis is extremely witty in conversation, and he enjoys bantering in between songs. At one point he exclaimed that he looked like a koala bear.
The funniest dialogue came as Jarvis tested the Australian slang he had read in his travel guide. Having declared he was hungry, he said he went out to eat a ‘snotblock’ (vanilla slice), which drew laughter of recognition from the crowd. He then expressed concern with this as he compared the UK definition of snot (by miming picking his nose) with the US definition of snot (miming masturbating). He was unsure whether he wanted to eat a cake made of ‘dick advocaat‘.
Jarvis also labeled himself as like the ’embarrassing uncle’ you have who has been out of touch with the world and gets everything wrong. Some of the terms he supposedly read in his book were completely wrong, perhaps deliberately?
Commenting on the strength of Australian red wine: ‘I could not find anything under 14% alcohol’.
Hands said half drunk wine to fan in front row.
Putting in a DVD for some ‘Disney time’.
‘Fuckingsong’ was dedicated to Tiger Woods.
We also heard ‘Black magic’, ‘Big Julie’ and ‘From Auschwitz to Ipswich’ from the Jarvis album, and ‘Slush’, ‘Further complications’ and ‘I Never Said I Was Deep’ from the Further complications album.
The mirror ball and its ‘magical properties’.
‘You’re In My Eyes (Discosong)’