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Jarvis Cocker Covers Celine Dion and Sham 69 – Watch


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Last Friday, Vice Magazine threw an invite-only twentieth anniversary party in New York City. An impressive array of stars were in attendance, including Karen O, Ghostface Killah, Jonah Hill, Andrew WK, Lil’ Wayne, and Stephen Malkmus. However, Jarvis Cocker‘s appearance sounded like the highlight of the evening. Cocker took the stage for not one, but two songs, and both were covers. Watch clips of Jarvis covering Sham 69’s punk classic ‘If The Kids Are United,’ as well as his totally-unexpected rendition of Celine Dion’s ‘The Power Of Love‘ below.

Best part of the night: #jarviscocker singing "if the kids are united" and holy shit my teenage mind was blown. #vice20

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Full videos of Cocker’s performance will be posted to Vice’s Youtube channel shortly. While we’re impatiently waiting, check out this playlist of amazing Jarvis Cocker covers:

1. The Strokes featuring Jarvis Cocker – Just What I Needed (The Cars) at the 2011 Reading Festival
2. Jarvis Cocker and Beth Ditto (from The Gossip) – Temptation (Heaven 17) at the 2007 NME Awards
3. Jarvis Cocker – Paranoid (Black Sabbath) at the Astoria in 2007 (and Fujirock 2007)
4. Jarvis Cocker – Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor) at the 2007 Barcelona Summercase
5. Discodeine with Jarvis Cocker – Outdoor Miner at Point Éphèmere, Paris in 2007
6. Jarvis Cocker and Kid Loco – I Just Came To Tell You That I’m Going (English language cover of Serge Gainsbourg) on French tv in 2006
7. Spinal Tap with Jarvis Cocker – Big Bottom at Glastonbury 2009
8. Jarvis Cocker – I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You (Frankie Valli) at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 2009
9. Jarvis Cocker – I Can’t Forget (Leonard Cohen) from the 2005 Leonard Cohen tribute, I’m Your Man
10. Jarvis Cocker – The Crystal Ship (The Doors) in Australia in 2009
11. Jarvis Cocker – State Trooper (Bruce Springsteen) in 2007
12. Jarvis Cocker – Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix) in 2009 (and Seattle in 2007)
13. Jarvis Cocker – The Boys Are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy) in 2007 (poor quality!)
14. Jarvis Cocker and 2 Many DJs – Don’t You Want Me (The Human League) doing karaoke at Secret Garden Party in 2013
15. Air featuring Jarvis Cocker – Sexy Boy (Air) at Cité de la Musique de Paris in 2010
16. Jarvis Cocker – Starman (David Bowie) in Chile in 2008 (terrible quality!)
17. Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, Shane MacGowan, and Pete Doherty – Home Sweet Home (from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp) at the Jarvis-curated 2007 Meltdown Festival

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