Photo by Megan Helstone
In this post, I will try to answer all your questions about my first cruise ever, on the Celebrity Silhouette to Jamaica with Hot Chip, Warpaint, Pulp, James Murphy, Father John Misty, Sleigh Bells, Girltalk, Z-Trip, and the Black Lips, and some other people.
Q: Were PULP’s setlists different on the two legs?
A: Yes. Here is the Bahamas setlist, as reported by the able Raymond Medina:
Do You Remember the First Time?
Sorted for E’s & Whiz
Feeling Called Love
His ‘N Hers
Like a Friend
This is Hardcore
And the Jamaica cruise went more like this, according to me and the ripped piece of notebook paper I found in a jeans pocket:
Do You Remember The First Time?
Sorted For E’s and Whizz
F.E.E.L.I.N.G. C.A.L.L.E.D. L.O.V.E
His n’ Hers
Like a Friend
This is Hardcore
Q: What kind of fucking nerd cares about that sort of thing?
A: This one.
Q: When did you know you were at a Coachella event?
A: When I saw a girl with white denim cutoffs and a bra sitting in a whirlpool, watching James Murphy DJ.
Q: Did Jarvis Cocker make the traditional reference and remembrance that it was Jean Genet’s birthday on Dec 19?
A: Yes, but he did not perform any of “The Maids”, as I had hoped.
Q: Who is the hungriest member of Pulp?
A: Steve Mackey always seemed to be in the late-night buffet. Always.
Q: What’s douchier-looking than taking photos or video by holding a giant Ipad up to your face?
A: Not much of anything.
Q: Was there cool-ass art on the boat?
A: Yes, some hilarious Christian Marclay pieces I’d seen at Seattle Art Museum years earlier, but also some Damien Hirst and Gilbert & George and Richard Serra- a very British selection, on the whole. Really cool.
Q: Did you take bunk acid on the boat?
A: Yes, but in my defense, I thought the world was maybe ending.
Q: Did you really think the world was ending?
A: No, but I like acid, and I’m sorry it was bunk.
Q: Were the staterooms really big enough for four people to share?
A: No, not unless they really liked each other and didn’t mind sleeping with parts of them inside of their friends.
Q: Was it sad that you went stag?
A: No, I met up with a tremendous group of people and had many funs, including an opera singer, a fabulous girl from my town and a mentally deficient gap-toothed Scouse!
Q: Who are the most obnoxious members of any international group?
A: Australians! I think it’s because they’re in the wrong hemisphere, and feel that there are no repercussions for their actions. That being said, they are very hot.
Q: Did you get seasick on the boat?
A: No, but I could sometimes feel it move, which made drinking all the more sensible, so that I could feel like I do when I’m drunk on land.
Q: Did you at any time dress in future sailor drag and have your picture taken with someone handsome?
Q: What was the saddest thing that happened on the boat?
A: When Girltalk was in conflict with Karaoke with members of Black Lips and Josh Tillman of Father John Misty.
Q: Remember when Pulp had the lightshow with the dolphin in it?
Q: Did they do that again?
A: It was a Santa, it was cute but kind of weird. Also, please note that the neon PULP sign swayed constantly with the ship’s movement, which was strange!
Q: Does Jarvis really buy his shirts in the children’s section?
A: No, he has them custom-made, and he has a tiny JC embroidered right under his left nipple. MMM!
Q: Did you see celebrities on the boat?
Q: What song did Hot Chip end their set with when we thought the world was maybe ending?
A: Prince’s 1999
Q: How many bars did Virginia call it in?
A: Two bars.
Q: Who are the cutest and spookiest and rockin’est girls on earth?
Q: What are your predominant thoughts when surrounded by young, wealthy hipsters?
A: I wish I was skinny enough to wear unflattering clothing. Is shit-weed a type of weed? Because that’s what it smells like in here.
Q: What does it look like when there’s a Coachella party on a pool deck in the middle of the ocean?
Q: Is the cruise ship food as great as everyone says?
A: No, but it’s extremely available! There is pleasure in walking drunk out of a show and eating french fries at 3 in the morning.
Q: Is it OK to have sex with the cruise staff?
A: NO. Only band members and fellow cruise attendees, which is not fair, given how many of the waitstaff were hot Italians. Apparently, if you sleep with a staff member (heh), they put you both out on a life raft labeled SHARK FUD to fend for yourselves.
Q: What do you do if someone breaks up with you before a cruise?
A: Find someone who looks just like them and have sex with them, it’s a lot simpler!
Q: What’s with Tom’s Shoes?
A: Well, the good news is that if you buy a pair, they also give one to a needy child, but they’re kind of shitty shoes. I wish the hipster could wear the shitty shoes and the needy child could get some decent shoes. They’re one step above the shoes Jesus wore.
Q: What was the funniest thing that happened the first day?
A: Overhearing a pretty hipster girl berating a barman for having Grey Goose as his top shelf, and then she mixed it with Red Bull. Pick a lane, Amber!
Q: Did you find that, despite your own suspicions about yourself, you loved being on the beach in Jamaica?
A: No, the reef bit my feet and I don’t like being hot or dirty. That’s why I never went to a Coachella in the first place! And the lunch was served two hours after ordering, which meant that some of the people in our group had died.
Q: Were the two cruises, to the Bahamas and Jamaica, a financial success?
A: According to the rumors I heard, no. Both legs went out at half capacity, which made for GREAT shows where people filed gently into their seats and respected each other, but apparently $5 million was lost on the venture.
Q: Will it happen again?
A: Again, rumor is that this cruise will happen again next year, but will likely leave from the West Coast (yay!) and just go to Mexico. The Coachella Festival ran for 9 years before it turned a profit!
Q: Did you enjoy Jarvis’ Powerpoint lecture on song lyrics?
A: Yes, he pointed out that lyrics don’t really matter, which makes it strange that he became a lyricist- but Pulp has always been more about atmosphere than turn of phrase- he made me laugh with a Shakespearean reading of A Hard Day’s Night, which is by Livepool’s second most-popular band, the most famous and popular being Echo and the Bunnymen.
Q: What are some of the hilarious lyrics presented as possibly being obscene words to the Kingsmen’s Louie, Louie?
A: “Each night at ten, I lay her again
I fuck my girl all kinds of ways
And on that chair, I laid her there
I felt my boner in her hair.”
Q: What prizes did Jarvis hand out for a music quiz at the end of the lecture?
A: Pieces of clothing he no longer wears, including a suit worn, and torn, on the Jimmy Fallon show. Amazing.
Q: Was Pulp the Most Important Band On The Boat to you?
A: Is it that obvious?
Q: Do you want to see Josh Tillman of Father John Misty sing R. Kelly on Karaoke?
Q: Just incidentally, what is the Best Time A Person Can Have On Earth?