Jarvis Cocker always dreamed of “fame”, but he did not like it when he sought it.
The former Pulp frontman, who has written a new book, Good Pop, Bad Pop, about his early upbringing and relationship with music, admits that his idea of becoming famous as a child was very different from what it was on really.
Speaking on the How to Fail Elizabeth Day podcast, he said, “I wanted this fame, or I created an idea of what I thought fame would be and I didn’t really know it. how. When you’ve wanted something for most of your life and then got it, which most people never do, you know they’ll never realize their ambition. And I did. And then I didn’t like it. I just felt really bad about myself. So what’s your problem? Did you get what you wanted? Why are not you happy?”
The ‘Ordinary People’ hitmaker says fame is meant to be a “mythical status” but “more often than not” the power of fame “doesn’t end well” for a star.
The Britpop legend, 58, added: “Fame is so ingrained in our culture that people will think it will solve your problems. You know you see it all the time. I mean, I don’t watch The X Factor anymore, but when I watched it, that’s not the point, you know, you see these kids getting really excited and it’s like “if I could be famous.” singer, this would, like, solve all my problems. I would be so happy. People think it’s like going to heaven or something, that this mythical status is achieved. If you look at the history of the entertainment industry, it often doesn’t end well for those people who have achieved such great fame. In fact, most often it seems that this is not the case.