I love this album - but I don't often listen to all of it. That's because I love, love, love Common People, Disco 2000 and Sorted for E's and Wizz. Now I will admit, Jarvis occasionally does that beat-poetry type singing - but not all the time, not all the way through the song, and he really can sing. Like anything.
Pulp do that lovely electronica-guitar-dance-rock crossover stuff and were firm favourites when this came out, in 1995. As I recall, I didn't actually buy this until a couple of years later. It spent a lot of time in the CD player - but I will admit it's those three songs that get the most traffic.
I love the sardonic tones Jarvis gives to Common People, and the almost-fragility he imparts to lines in Sorted ('Cause I seem to have left an important part of my brain/ somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire). But Disco 2000 is my favourite. I really, really wanted the DJ to play it for my 20th high school reunion 10 years ago, but the guy hadn't even heard of it. Funny thing, next month is my 30th reunion. But even though this time I have the job of putting together the music (I'm currently awash in bad late 70s-early80s pop) I don't think Disco 2000 has any relevance there any more. Shame, because it's a damn good song.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
I’ve never been much of a fan of Pulp. They were kind of on the radar back in the early 90s due more to the people I was sharing a house with than anything else. They were big fans of just about everything British. To be honest, lead vocalist Jarvis Cocker’s mannerisms annoyed me.
But Mine reintroduced them to me. While I still couldn’t exactly call myself a fan, I do now have a bit more respect for them. They were kind of lumped into the Brit Pop category, along with a whole swag of bands and maybe this was why I never had much interest. I’ve always been a big Blur fan but not many other bands in that list cut it for me.
There are some good tracks on Different Class, no doubt. I think Mine has probably mentioned these already. And there are a few album tracks that remind me of the Bowie during his Aladdin Sane period, which is cool. But am I the only one who thinks Cocker is a bit of a wanker?
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