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Jarvis Cocker and Riton release climate crisis anthem

By | Published on Thursday 11 November 2021

Jarvis Cocker

With COP26 drawing to a close and seemingly very little achieved, Jarvis Cocker and Riton have released what Cocker is calling “the world’s first sustainable banger” in an effort to encourage more action on the climate crisis.

“It seemed appropriate to unleash it on an unsuspecting world during COP26”, Cocker tells The Guardian of the new track. “A lot of debates in the modern world devolve into people shouting at each other from opposite corners of a room. The idea was that anybody could dance to this song and agree with it. That’s what music does so well. It brings people together”.

The track was produced by Riton and Ben Rhymer in their Gucci Soundsystem guise. Titled ‘Let’s Stick Around’, it aims to offer a message of unity, rather than dictating major life-changes to people.

Any messaging that just tells people what to do is “never going to work”, Cocker says. “It’s about doing things differently, like the experimentation with hydrogen fuel. Aeroplanes aren’t going to disappear, it’s just daft to think that people aren’t going to go on holiday anymore”.

Lyrics in the song include lines like, “Now, we’ll know that things must change / Trying to ignore it seems really strange / The moment has come to not get down / But to help each other, you know what, let’s stick around”.

“I’m really excited this track is coming out during COP26”, adds Riton in a statement. “Jarv has been one of the most influential and distinctive artists to come from the UK, it’s wicked to work with him. We all need to be more conscious of the carbon emissions we create in our lives and I hope ‘Let’s Stick Around’ can help raise awareness”.

Whether the song will prompt politicians to come up with an agreement that might halt the total collapse of human civilisation remains to be seen. I mean, the potential collapse of human civilisation itself doesn’t seem to have been much of a catalyst. We may well be singing a different Cocker song come the end of COP26 tomorrow.

Anyway, here’s ‘Let’s Stick Around’: