05.11.97 Jarv & Steve speak out
[The Net, Radio 1] Steve on Russell: "Our last tour kind of killed
most of us off but with Russell especially. He's got 2 kids, you know and
we were all quite physically shattered by the end of it. There was a
definite prospect of a year in the studio and 2 years on tour which he
was not willing to face. As far as I know he said he didn't think it was
cool being in a band anymore which, I mean, I doubt if it ever was anyway,
but that's one of the reasons I heard him give."
Jarvis on "Like A Friend" (Pulp soundtrack for the movie 'Great
Expectations'): "They gave us the scene from the film and we wrote a piece
of music that exactly correlated to that bit of film, so we've kind
of rehearsed with the telly on showing the film over and over again,
and played the song and get it so that all the dynamics of the song
went along with the dynamics in the scene, so that was a good
laugh you know, and they really liked it as well which was nice.
25.10.97 Russell: "Why I quit"
Speaking exclusively to NME Russell said, "There are many reasons why I
left, but mainly it was just not wanting to be in the band anymore... it
didn't feel cool to be in a band." He went on to add, "Since I left it was
great to realise I actually still liked music and that it didn't have to
be extracted from my body in a painful process taking many months."
16.10.97 Pulp DJ at HMV
[Radio 1 23rd October] Pulp performed live for the first time this year -
but didn't sing any
songs. All 5 members of the band dj-d at HMV's flagship store in London's
Oxford Street to celebrate the shop's re-opening after a £5 million refit.
Hundreds of fans queued up for autographs and to see Pulp spinning some of
their own discs - there was a bit of The Verve, as well as some Happy
Mondays, some obscure ambient dancey kinda stuff, some hip hop, some pure
'70s pop and disco and....The Osmonds' "Crazy Horses"! The Net caught up
with drummer, Nick Banks just before he took to the decks: "I've got the
first 3 lined up - that's about it and it'll have to be freefall after
that. I don't play anything modern I'm afraid - the latest I go up to is
about '93 at the moment. I'm always the kind of person who listens to
things, thinks that's good then ends up owning a copy about 4 or 5 years
later. So why did Pulp decide to make their first public performance this
year dj-ing? Nick said: "I've no idea at all. I like playing records and
meeting the people. We've not done anything like this for about 18 months
so at the moment it's quite traumatic but I'm sure we'll get used to it. We
thought it might bring us in a bit more gently to this charade of
publicity - but obviously not!"
22.02.97 Jarvis: No festivals this summerAlthough live dates
later in the year have not been ruled out, Pulp will
not play any festivals this year. Jarvis told NME, "I'm not
fed up of doing what I do, though, 'cos there'd be no point
otherwise. We're just giving the festival thing a break."
When asked about the forthcoming album Jarvis
said: "You don't wanna hear about the album, it's boring.
We've just been trying to write some songs. Some of them are
ready, some of them aren't. It's not very interesting. There's
really no point talking about it. This year, I just want to be a
happy person and I also hope we'll do a record that will be of
relevance to people. That's all you can hope for really, isn't it?"
10.02.97 Jarvis on the Spice Girls
[NME 8th February]
Jarvis capitalised on the moment with the Brat Awards show being broadcast
live on Radio 1 and reported on by a plethoria of international papers,
radio and TV channels - to launch a scathing attack on the Spice Girls.
"They said Margaret Thatcher was the first Spice Girl," he announced, "and
somehow that seems to have passed over. But Margaret Thatcher did her best
to decimate and fuck up this country, so fuck off Margaret Thatcher and
fuck the Spice Girls. Here's to the new dawn!"
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