Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzalez have announced a new collaborative project called Room 29, a concept album based around the happenings in that room of the Hollywood celebrity haunt Château Marmont. According to NME, the album is coming out on 3/17. The album’s release will be followed by a previously-announced concert from Cocker and Gonzalez, which will take place at London’s Barbican Theatre from 3/23-25. Here’s how Cocker describes the show in a press release:
Featuring contributions from film historian David Thomson and the stories of famous former occupants of the room such as Jean Harlow and Howard Hughes, the show will also attempt to unpick the way a heady concoction dreamt up in the immediate vicinity of the hotel went on to intoxicate the entire population of planet Earth. Or, (to quote the sub-title of David Thomson’s book The Big Screen): it is also the story of the movies and what they did to us.
For the duration of one evening the entire audience will be occupants of Room 29. You will be greeted by our concierge and you will be given a key. Sit down, get comfortable – it will be our pleasure to serve up a night of entertainment like no other: Room 29 may be a real location in Hollywood, California – but it is also a place within each one of us. Through this collection of songs we hope to open the door to that room for all those of you who wish to explore it. How’s that for Room Service?
Listen to two songs from the album, “Tearjerker” and “The Tearjerker Returns,” and watch a teaser trailer below.
01 “Room 29″
02 “Marmont Overture”
04 “Interlude 1 – Hotel Stationery”
07 “Belle Boy”
08 “Howard Hughes Under The Microscope”
10 “Interlude 2 – 5 Hours A Day”
11 “Daddy, You’re Not Watching Me”
12 “The Other Side”
13 “The Tearjerker Returns”
14 “A Trick Of The Light”
15 “Room 29 (Reprise)”
16 “Ice Cream As Main Course”
Room 29 is out 3/17.