“Got a a baby, only one thing’s wrong/ Quotes Shakespeare all day long/ I said, ‘Baby, why you ignoring me?’/ She said, ‘To be or not to be.’” —Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker recites some of the lyrics to the first song he ever wrote in this video interview promoting his forthcoming book, Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics, which is due out in October.
“The Internet might be useful for creating revolution, but all it’s creating in the Western world is more passivity, more disconnection. It’s a fucking nightmare. When I was 20 years old in New York City, do you think you walked into a coffee shop and saw 40 people staring at $2,000 purchases all made from the same company? And those are all the artists!” —We’re guessing Antony Hegarty does not own an iPad.
“We played Glastonbury last night, and we did well, but the rain was bitingly cold and the audience were soaked and covered in wet mud and it was dark and dismal and every time I opened my mouth I swallowed rain. Under such conditions you can’t really expect much from an audience. I think they were there for U2 anyway— understandably. U2 have an enormous Star Wars set with drumsticks that light up northern Africa, and a sound system that would drown out an earthquake. I can’t compete with that. Not with my post office savings account. All I have to offer the world are songs.” —Morrissey describes his Glastonbury experience as only Morrissey can.
“I was listening to Jack Johnson. The dude was hard— a lot less messy than John Mayer, who can’t play music.” —West Coast hip-hop godfather DJ Quik breaks down his taste in whisper-voiced singer-songwriters— and in turn becomes possibly the first person to ever describe Jack Johnson as “hard”— in our latest 5-10-15-20 feature.