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I grew up listening to Pulp as my dad was a huge fan of 90s band such as Radiohead, Pulp and Blur.
The album contains their most well known hits over the years.
The album is quite comical. The album is what I would describe as quite slapstick and tongue in cheek. It was never meant to be taken seriously and thankfully it wasn't. Jarvis has a unique voice that captures the songs very well. His voice takes us on a journey - a journey through our youth. Common People is an anthem. This was one of the songs of the 90s. The lyrcis are genius, just pure and true to life. The song is actually really uplifting and funny, it never fails to cheer me up when I listen to it. It has a great melody to it too.
Disco 2000 - let's all meet up in the year 2000, won't it be strange when we're all funny grown? Back then the year 2000 seemed years away but this song still sounds really fresh. It's another comical number from Pulp and I must say that it's one of my favourite songs ever. The whole song is just great, it's a classic. We also have songs such as Babies, This Is Hardcore and Mis-Shapes. These are all just as good.
I would describe the album as indie pop. It's a great collection of witty songs full of irony and comedy. I would recommend it. It's one of those albums that you can play over and over without getting bored of it.
Take me back to the 90s... Please!
Another famed Britpop band, Pulp, released their Hits album in 2003. A 'best of' compilation, I bought it because I'd heard and liked several of the band's songs. I was never a big fan when I was younger, as I preferred pop music - in fact I often used to get Blur and Pulp mixed up, to the horror of several of my more musically-minded friends. Not any more, I'm pleased to say!
This is an album all about the nineties, with Common People being the massive standout anthem of the era and Sorted for E's & Wizz recalling the drug scene of the middle of the decade. Even though I was a child/teenager during this time, I still feel old when Jarvis Cocker sings "Let's all meet up in the year 2000" and I realise it was over ten years ago. Oh well! There's a lot of nostalgia on this album, some of it somewhat dubious, especially in songs like DoYou Remember the First Time? and Babies.
There is a lot of sadness and melancholy in this album, particularly in Trees and closing track Last Day of the Miners' Strike. The music as a whole seems quite a bit darker and more cynical than Blur so I won't be making comparison mistakes again!
4. Do You Remember the First Time?
5. Common People
7. Sorted for E's & Wizz
8. Disco 2000
9. Something Changed
10. Help the Aged
11. This Is Hardcore
12. A Little Soul
13. Party Hard
15. Bad Cover Version
17. Last Day of the Miners' Strike
The CD is available from Amazon for under £5, which is a bargain for this great collection of songs. I heartily recommend it.
Sheffield's Pulp were one of the more unlikely start of the Britpop era. They were a band that had been plugging away in obscurity since 1979, with their already post-30 frontman Jarvis Cocker suddenly thrown into the limelight and temporarily becoming the most famous man in the country.
This collection compiles their most famous songs from their initial pre-Britpop success, through their mid-90s superstardom, and back into relative obscurity in the early 2000s, before their present hiatus. It compiles the singles from their albums Intro, His N Hers, Different Class, This Is Hardcore and We Love Life (perhaps wisely omitting their more difficult earlier material!), plus a few extras such as 'Underwear', a much loved album track off Different Class, and new track 'The Last Day of The Miners' Strike'.
From the outset it's easy to see why Pulp were held up as such mis-shapen pop geniuses, writing quirky songs with lyrics we can all relate to and toe-tapping pop sensibilities. 'Common People' and 'Disco 2000' are of course the most famous songs here, but more obscure fare nestling among these massive hits include earlier singles such as 'Lipgloss' and 'Razzmatazz', and later tracks that saw out their career such as 'Bad Cover Version' and 'The Trees'.
In my opinion there are no bad tracks on here - some may not like the more reflective later work such as 'The Trees' and 'Sunrise' to the more giddy and immediate stuff from His N Hers and Different Class, but everything here is worth a listen and has something good to offer.
Even if you've only ever heard the big singles, this is an album well worth buying and listening to, especially as it's fairly easy to find these days for under a fiver.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
4 Do You Remember The First Time?
5 Common People
7 Sorted For E's & Wizz
8 Disco 2000
9 Something Changed
10 Help The Aged
11 This Is Hardcore
12 A Little Soul
13 Party Hard
14 The Trees
15 Bad Cover Version
17 Last Day Of The Miners Strike