There’s “political” Jarvis Cocker, and then there’s “sexy” Jarvis Cocker. Those categories aren’t mutually exclusive, of course, as demonstrated by his former band’s best-known classic, “Common People.” However, I much prefer the big Cocker at his most priapic, and “Underwear” is his sexiest come-on. In it, he sings “I’d give my whole life to see it” – dramatic, falsetto emphasis on “whole” – “just you, standing there, only in your underwear.” Gets me everytime. From a 1995 Glastonbury performance.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.