The new film about Pulp documents the final day of the 2011-12 reunion tour, as the band prepares to play their home town at
Oh god, yeah. Throughout Pulp's history, the concerts in
Not all of your
We've had some disasters. Back in the supposed Britpop glory days, in 1995, after Common People, we did a concert in
You've been out of
Were you happy with how the Pulp reunion turned out?
I think so. It was quite good because we had some distance from the songs and we weren't trying to flog them to people. We spent a lot of time standing in horrible dirty rooms with no heating trying to write songs, flailing around in the dark, and somehow in that process we wrote some stuff that still sounds all right. So it was good to realise that we hadn't wasted all our youth - that we'd done something that had a bit of life and energy in it.
In the past few years, as well as making music, you've been presenting a radio show, curating Meltdown, publishing a book of lyrics - and now you're an editor-at-large at Faber. Are many hats better than one?
There's that phrase, isn't there: jack of all trades, master of none. That's one way of putting it. Then other people are like, oh yeah, renaissance man. I don't know, but I do think it can help to vary what you do.
Also, making music can be quite lonely. The great thing about the radio show [
Have you actually been to an office party?
Yeah, 6 Music have parties at Christmas and I've been to them. They're good.
In the film, you say that one reason you formed Pulp was because you were shy and wanted to be successful with women. Have your motivations evolved much over the years?
I do think that's a legitimate reason, but I'd like to think that some more noble artistic impulses have come into play. I was lucky to have
What does your role at Faber entail?
I just look for interesting writing and bring it to them, the idea being that I might find things that other people aren't going to know about. One book has come out so far, an oral history of folk culture by JP Bean.
Would you like to write a book?
I would love to, but . . . It's a mixture of being too lazy and also having been spoilt by writing lyrics. In songs, you can write something that's only a page long and yet it's the whole song. I'm reading the new
Has presenting a radio show changed the way you look at music?
That's something I've thought about. The radio show is great because I've got all these records which in general are considered to be clutter by the people I share my life with. Also, it's great to be sent new music. But there's a danger to it. You get impatient, don't you - you put something on . . .
And if it doesn't grab you within 20 seconds . . .
. . . you skip to the next one. Although it's amazing how many times you can tell if something's good within 20 seconds. Somebody's got a four-bar intro that just goes, dunka-dun-dun, dunka-dun-dun . . . You're thinking, just get on with the song. Hopefully, in my music now, I'm going to avoid that and cut to the chase.
Strip it right back.
I hope so. That's something that always frustrated us in Pulp. We'd write what we thought was a fantastic, concise, witty pop song, and then you'd time it, and it'd be like four minutes 30 seconds. We thought we were being really to-the-point. And then you listen to a song like In the Ghetto by
With all your different projects, how much energy are you putting into music?
Oh, 100%; 110%. Whether it's to impress girls, or whatever, music is the thing that has become my means of self-expression, so this year I'm taking a break from the radio show to find out if I've got any interesting songs left to write or whether I've written them all.
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is out on 6 June. A special live event via satellite link up is in cinemas nationwide 7 June
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