Jarvis Cocker’s Disney Bash
17 June 2007
We are now in a post-Disney mush haze
Mrs Monk got out the Dumbo DVD to teach me about the Disney characters that escaped my recollection, the day after the Jarvis Cocker Meltdown event at the newly restored Royal Festival Hall. She wants us to weep some more about pretend animals, wallowing and wishing upon Disney stars. She has even invented a brand new Disneyesque tune called ”I’m waiting” so convincing that we think it might actually be a real Disney tune.
Sunday's Concert was produced by Van Dyke Parks and in the spirit of the earlier album by Hal Willner. Watch out for forthcoming DVD
This was a concert of celebrity interpretations of Disney Classics, audacious and awe inspiring, surprising and familiar, a dark Disney, occasionally sentimental but never un-cool
Nick Cave sang Hi Diddlee Dee and Heigh Ho in his very own way.
Baaba Maal sang Bare Necessities
Shane MacGowan sang Zip A Da Dee Dah
Peter Doherty almost sang Chim Chim Cheree
Beth Orton sang Baby Mine and Second Star from the Right. Mrs Monk wept profusely.
Grace Jones sang Trust In Me. ( Grace Jones was fired by Disney Corporation for exposing her breasts in Disneyland, which is why Derek keeps going back to Disneyland )
Jarvis Cocker who put the show together, sang I Waanna Be Like You and When You Wish Upon a Star.
And many more were accompanied by a magnificent all star avant garde / modern jazz big band.
The four hours in the concert hall passed by in a flash of starlight.