Profile: Jarvis Cocker, Pulp frontman

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The Independent Online

What's this? Is Britpop making a comeback?

Well, it's been in the air for a while now: Blur had a successful reunion back in 2009, and now Pulp are back together. After nine years apart, Sheffield's finest have played a string of comeback gigs, including a critically acclaimed surprise set at Glastonbury last weekend which went down a storm. Last night they headlined the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park.

What's Jarvis been up to all these years?

Pursuing a somewhat low-key solo career that has seen him release two albums and collaborate with the likes of Nancy Sinatra and Marianne Faithfull. He also hosts a radio show on BBC's 6Music.

Hold on, didn't he do a gig at Hogwarts once?

Oddly enough he did. Cocker made a cameo appearance as the lead singer of Hogwarts band the Weird Sisters in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He also lent his voice talents to Wes Anderson's animated film Fantastic Mr Fox.

And now he's back where it all began...

Yes, indeed. Keeping to the nostalgic theme, he's just signed a deal with publisher Faber to release a book of his lyrics entitled Mother, Brother, Lover.

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