Snap Judgment: Jarvis Cocker's 'Don't Let Him Waste Your Time'

102839__jarvis_lOK, Jarvis… free association, go! Onetime lead singer of Pulp, original Misshape, "Common People"… There was little about his reign as one of the crown princes of Britain’s singularly amazing rock scene in the ’90s that we didn’t love. But one thing we never pegged Jarvis Cocker for was having a crack sense of humor.

Here he is, the (albeit handsome and bookish) human equivalent of a praying mantis, all gawky gestures and skinny limbs, playing it nearly slapstick in the first single from his upcoming solo album, appearing as an English cabbie prone to advising his backseat customer — at the severe cost of keeping his eye on the road.

Now, the 37 of you who picked up the excellent Nancy Sinatra solo record last year (I bought two!), may recognize the tune, "Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time": Cocker wrote it originally for Frank’s daughter but repurposes it to his own ends here. Minus her whiskeyed, world-weary intonations, it becomes less grim advice, more gentle admonishment, and the accompanying vehicular slaughter of prime London real estate (and several near-miss homicides-by-taxi) surprisingly suits his louche, Bowie-esque delivery. Then again, after a few viewings, we may be over the novelty, and ready for something a little less Jackass.

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  • nycgirllms

    LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Can’t wait for the record to come out.

  • Nick

    Oh this video is so good! I picked up the album on import and it is excellent! Nice to hear Jarvis again. Good stuff!

  • mike

    hey popwatch, what’s up with not posting anything today?

  • Lucas

    Um, not a crack sense of humor? Have you ever heard a Pulp Album?

  • Lora

    English people are funny

  • Tim

    Never pegged Jarvis as having a ‘crack sense of humour’? Are you talking about the same Jarvis who wiggled his a** onstage while Michael Jackson got all messianic with children at the Brits? Are you familiar with Pulp at all? Yikes.

  • Sheesh

    NME called Jarvis Cocker the funniest man in pop music way back in 1993.

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