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Cocker plans to lecture his fans

By Georgie Rogers
6 Music news reporter

Jarvis Cocker at BBC 6 Music
Jarvis Cocker sat in for Stephen Merchant on 6 Music

Former Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker plans to incorporate lectures into his shows before transforming them into discos.

Speaking about this newfound approach, Cocker said: "Something I'm going to try on tour, God knows if it'll work, is doing some spoken word things."

He will also be showcasing a couple of new songs on his forthcoming five-date UK mini-tour in November.

And the musician revealed his "heavier" sounding new album is coming, but is not ready for the public just yet.

Speaking after some part-time radio presenting at BBC 6 Music, Cocker said: "I did a couple of lectures. I'm going to try and bring a bit of that into the concert maybe, in between songs. Whether it'll work or not, I don't know.

Something that I'm going to try on the tour, God know's if it'll work, is doing some spoken word things
Jarvis Cocker

"I've also got this idea that maybe we could in some ways try and morph the concert into a disco at the end. I'm looking into ways I could do that.

"I think it would be nice if I could blend these areas of interest that I've got. It could be an absolute disaster, I don't know. We're going to do a few tests and see if it's at all possible."

He explained he'll be able to test the strength of his new songs at the forthcoming shows.

"The sign of whether a song's any good or not is whether people jump up and down to it when you play live," Cocker said.

"Or you know if they react to it in some way, start crying.

"As long as they don't leave the bar, or leave the room, then the song's alright."

Cocker starts his tour at the Sheffield Academy on 25 November
He'll be performing in Sheffield, London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham
Songs from his first studio album since 2006's Jarvis will be previewed at the gigs

The musician went on to explain his new way of working: "I'm trying to think of songs now in terms of what is going to be exciting to play live.

"I suppose you should always think that. But now albums do seem to be - not necessarily dead, but everybody keeps telling you it's not the main thing anymore.

"That got me thinking, that's how it used to be. Bands formed and then they played in front of people and then took the trouble to record it. I think over time it's gone a bit the wrong way round."

In terms of when we should expect Cocker's new album, the singer described it as an, "embryo that's around the fifth or sixth month. It's got arms, got eyes, it's not quite ready to come out yet, but getting there".

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