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Jarvis Cocker Leaving BBC Radio Program for One Year

Pulp frontman aims to preserve 'fertility of the soil'

Jarvis Cocker performs in Newport, Isle of Wight.
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December 27, 2013 9:15 AM ET

Jarvis Cocker is moving on to greener pastures – for the next year, at least.

The Pulp frontman told England's RadioTimes that he will take an extended leave from his eclectic BBC Radio 6 Music show, Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service, which he has hosted for three years. His final, retrospective show before the 12-month hiatus will be December 29th, after which he will be replaced by a revolving cast of entertainers that will include Specials singer Terry Hall.

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As Cocker told RadioTimes, with his typically erudite charm, "Crop Rotation has long been recognized as a way of preserving the fertility of the soil. Every now and again, a field has to be left fallow for a year in order to make sure it has time to recover. In 2014 I will be that field. T’is done with the firm conviction that it will lead to a stronger and more vigorous Sunday Service when I return to 6 Music’s pastures."

He added that he will still appear on the indie-leaning radio channel over the next year. "Just call me the ‘Turnip Townshend of the Airwaves,'" he cracked. (This is surely welcome news to armchair historians of the British agricultural revolution who've already pinned their theses to "Common People").

Cocker will not rest idle over the next year; he's already accepted the position of Editor-at-Large at Faber and Faber book publishers and will manage his first acquisition, a history of British folk clubs. He may very well continue globe-trotting, too; he popped up in Los Angeles in November to perform with Beck.

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