Jarvis Cocker wants to judge common people’s versions of his Pulp classic “Common People.” The dapper Britpop frontman is set to help evaluate performances at a karaoke competition based on his band’s songs, as the The Guardian reports.
The Pulp karaoke contest is set for August 7 in New York City to follow a screening of director Florian Habicht’s new documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets. The screening takes place at Industry City in Brooklyn. Cocker will also chat with fans in a Q&A session.
For a chance to sing Pulp songs in front of the one who wrote them, fans can tweet event organizers Rooftop Films saying which song they’d like to sing and why, with the hashtag #singforjarvis. The karaoke powers-that-be encourage creativity (no, that doesn’t mean nudity, so don’t bother) and ask would-be karaoke contestants also to think beyond, well, “Common People” when it comes to their song choices.
Yes, the Different Class masterpiece is on the list of options for the contest. But so are plenty of other beloved Pulp songs. Here’s the full menu: “All Time High,” “Babies,” “Disco 2000,” “Do You Remember the First Time,” “Help the Aged,” “Mile End,” “Monday Morning,” “Sorted For E’s & Wizz” and “This Is Hardcore.”
Tickets for the event are sold out, as Rolling Stone notes, so anyone still wanting to attend has no choice but to flaunt those karaoke chops. “If you can’t be there on August 7, don’t enter the contest,” organizers warn. “Jarvis will be very mad at you. Do you really want that on your conscience?” Those who lose the contest, meanwhile, have a ready, Cocker-concocted excuse.