He sung about wanting to live like common people - but almost 20-years after releasing the classic signature song, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker says there’s no such thing.
The 50-year-old Sheffield singer songwriting says everyone is individual.
And the Britpop superstar says if you listen carefully to the lyrics you will see that’s always the message he intended.
In an exclusive and rare video interview - press the play button to watch it here in full - he made the comments at Sheffield DocFest, before the European premier of his band’s new Florian Habicht directed film, PULP. A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets.
On the pink carpet outside Sheffield City Hall I asked whether he’s still one of the Common People.
Jarvis replied: “If you listen to that song carefully you would know that I don’t believe in Common People. I don’t believe in that term,.
“I don’t think there’s such a person, not such a thing as a common person. All people are individuals.”
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our full exclusive interview with Jarvis Cocker
Common People, the classic 1995 song, about a rich student girl wanting to live like commoners, was recently voted the number one anthem of the Britpop era.
Pulp came out on top of the BBC Radio 6 Music poll ahead of songs by the Verve, Oasis, Blur, Suede, the Bluetones and Ash.
More than 30,000 people voted on the poll, the culmination of a week-long celebration to mark 20 years since the birth of Britpop.
Jarvis hopes the individuality he talks about will shine through in the many fans views about Pulp featured in the new documentary about then, which also follows the band and some of their last live performance at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, in December 2012.
Jarvis refuses to say whether that’s going to be Pulp’s last ever concert.
“Who knows. People like to make things more dramatic than they are, don’t they,” he said.
“It was the last one of that phase.We toured for about a year and a half. We never really made a conscious decision to say Sheffield was going to be the last one. It worked out that way.
“I can’t say what’s in the future. Thank God.I wouldn;t like to be able to.”
Of the new film he said: “I don’t think I’ll be here in 100-years time to look at it. But I hope it gives some idea about the personality of Sheffield.For me it does. A bit.
“It would be boring if it was just about us.
“Sheffield is where we came from and that’s the point of the film, really. That even though I haven’t lived here for 25-years, but all those songs came from here.
“We always rehearsed up here, even when we lived in London. So this is where it all came from.
“I come back a lot, you know. My sister lives here and I come back and walk in the Peak District and stuff like that, like a lot of people around here do.
“It will always be special because it’s where I grew up. You never get rid of that.
“We agreed to do the film because I had been thinking, it would be great to have some kind of record of that tour and it was coming towards the end of it. But we had not done anything about it and I thought that chance had past.
“Then Florian Habitch, the director, came to us and asked if we would let him do it. He just seemed like an interesting guy. So even though we didn’t know him at all, we just thought, alright, go on then.
“A lot of it was filmed in Castle Market and it’s gone now, hasn’t it. That was a super market. So that’s the reason why we gave the film it’s title.”
SHEFFIELD DOCFEST: With more than 100 films, talks and more, DocFest runs to Thursday, June 12. See www.sheffdocfest.com.
BBC Radio 6 Music’s Favorite Britpop Anthem poll:
1. Common People by Pulp
2. Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve
3. Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis
4. Wonderwall by Oasis
5. Parklife by Blur
6. Animal Nitrate by Suede
7. Girls & Boys by Blur
8. Slight Return by The Bluetones
9. Disco 2000 by Pulp
10. Girl From Mars by Ash
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