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Jarvis Cocker to raise money for NHS with new This Is Going To Hurt soundtrack LP 

A pound from every sale of the vinyl LP will raise money for NHS charities. “It’s our love song to the NHS,” said Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker has written a love letter to the NHS. Photo: Tom Jackson

Jarvis Cocker has written a love letter to the NHS. Photo: Tom Jackson

JARV IS… – the band fronted by Jarvis Cocker – will release their soundtrack album This is Going to Hurt on vinyl next month to raise money for NHS charities.

The album is a collection of music from the critically-acclaimed BBC TV series, based on Adam Kay’s award-winning, multi-million selling memoir and starring Ben Whishaw.

The vinyl LP will be released on October 21 and £1 from every sale will benefit NHS charities.

“It’s our love song to the NHS,” said Cocker of the record, which includes songs called Difficult C Section, Visiting Hours and Just Another One of Those Days. In 2020, Cocker has picked out his ‘Covid heroes’ for a special edition of The Big Issue, which he guest edited.

This is Going to Hurt tells the story of life on an NHS labour ward, and reveals the emotional effects of working in a stressful environment while also showing the humour that gets staff through the day.

Each episode features at least one song with lyrics by Cocker, who had access to the scripts (adapted by Adam Kay from his own book) from an early stage in the production process.

Lead Director Lucy Forbes said: “As one of England’s finest lyricists and songwriters we could not have been more thrilled to have Jarvis Cocker and his band write original songs and score for This Is Going To Hurt.

This is Going to Hurt by Jarv Is... will raise money for NHS charities
This is Going to Hurt by Jarv Is… will raise money for NHS charities

“His incisive wit, keen sense of observation and ability to write beautiful heartfelt melodies was the perfect fit. His music immediately intertwined with the fabric and tone of the show and took it to a whole new level, getting right to the heart of the pathos, pain and joy of working at the NHS. It was a huge privilege to work with him on this project, and I can’t imagine This Is Going To Hurt without him.”

Adam Kay’s memoir has sold over 2.5 million copies to date and has been translated into 37 languages.

JARV IS… is a band comprising Jarvis Cocker, Serafina Steer, Emma Smith, Andrew McKinney, Adam Betts & Jason Buckle. The soundtrack consists of a mixture of songs & instrumental pieces, with Cocker & Steer being the main composers. 

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