ByPublished on Thursday, November 11, 2021Andy Malt | Published on Thursday 11 November 2021
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 to have anyone be able to dance to the song and agree with it. That’s what music does so well. It brings people together”.
Riton and Ben Rhymer produced the track under their Gucci Soundsystem banner. 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”.
It remains to be seen if the song will inspire politicians to reach an agreement to stop the total collapse human civilisation. I mean, the potential collapse of human civilisation itself doesn’t seem to have been much of a catalyst. We may be singing. a different Cocker song come the end of COP26 tomorrow.
Anyway, here’s ‘Let’s Stick Around’: