Pulp was started as a band between friends in 1978 by a 15-year-old Jarvis Cocker. Different Class is seen by many people and publications as the best Britpop album. Do you think it is overrated or does it deserve the constant acclaim as best Britpop album as it has? Although "I Spy" and "Mis-Shapes" are great songs about the social conflict, "Common People" deals with the topic the best. "Common People" is probably a better pure "song", but I think "Disco 2000" has more pop appeal and is also potentially much more personally relevant.
I think His 'n' Hers is just as good as Different Class as a whole, but its selection of truly great songs is slightly less. As a guy obsessed with 50 Britpop bands, always surprised to see Different Class at the top of the list. Fantastic album, "Common People" is honest to God one of the top 5 songs of all time in any genre. This is one of the very few Britpop albums I truly enjoy, and it is always a pleasure to listen to. Different Class is rather unanimously seen as their best album
Different Class is the essential Britpop album. "Common People" has Cocker meeting a rich girl who \u201chas the thirst for knowledge\u201d, and is interested in being like common people. Different Class is maybe a bit better overall, but This is Hardcore has definite merits. How do you compare this to their first Britpop album His 'n' Hers or their art-rock album This Is Hardcore? How do you compare this to their first Britpop album His 'n' Hers or their art-rock album This Is Hardcore. Well, Pulp is one of the Big Four bands of Britpop, along with Suede, Oasis, and Blur. Also the Glastonbury 95 version of Common People is GOAT I fucking love the William Shatner version
He agrees to show her what it takes to be a common person, ~mostly~ because he wants sleep with her. This is their most popular song, and with the catchy synth melody and chant-like singing, it is easy to see why. While it's great, I don't think it's the best Britpop musically
Which is why I think this album and This Is Hardcore have aged the best out of all the Britpop albums, they never tried to play up to that label or force the attitude of britishness. While the first track presents the theme of social class, the second track \u201cPencil Skirt\u201d introduces the sexual theme. Between Disco 2000 and Common People, I go back and forth. I don't have many friends who listen to Pulp, and I wouldn't know whether it's "overrated," as I don't really follow the British music press. Cocker tells the story of a woman who once had a lot of action, and now is not getting any. Writing this was very difficult, and probably not as organized as I thought I was going to be. In my opinion, "Like A Friend" might be the best song of the 1990s. Thus, we can quite easily place it in the pantheon of Britpop's top ten, which makes it difficult to call overrated. Overall, I think it's aged well despite the keyboard being a bit cheesey but we are in the age of synth pop indie. \u201cUnderwear\u201d is about a more serious topic about a girl being pressured into having sex and not knowing what to do. \u201cPencil Skirt\u201d involves the narrator having sex with an engaged woman, and is played with a slow, playful, and dancelike pace. The lyrics work great in the hit songs but in general the topic with them gets tiring for an entire album. While the middle-class are confident that they are more intelligent than the upper-class, the upper-class underestimates them. It is sad, yet funny in how pathetic it is, which might sort of be a good description to the album. The lyrics are beautiful and bittersweet, and the obvious disco vibe is present in the song. It\u2019s not that I grew up with the song, but mostly makes me think of the things that could have been when I in school.
"Mis-Shapes" is a great opener for the album because it provides the general view of the conflict between the middle-class and the upper-class. The lyrics are condescending and vitriolic, and as the tempo at the song gets faster and the dynamic gets louder, it appears ever more so. Sex is an underlying theme in most tracks, whether it be sleeping with a rich man\u2019s wife or a clueless rich woman. He wants to meet up with her in the year 2000, interested in how they would turn out when they grow up. Pulp split up in 2002, and had a reunion between 2011 and 2013. Jarvis asks himself if he never met his girlfriend, how everything would be different, and it was chance that they make. The song ends in \u201cwhat if you never come down?\u201d, claiming that sure you will get high and feel good, but there are risks involved.
The grandiose and melodramatic \u201cspy theme\u201d plays well with the desperation of the lyrics. Thank you for reading this, and hopefully this will allow you to check out this album, or give it a second listen. Common People is one of the best anthems ever written, but I love the way it manages to be in a way universal, whilst also being uniquely English. The last song \u201cBar Italia\u201d is appropriately about a hangover, which seems an appropriate way to end the album after all the themes before it. The way Bar Italia stops and then starts again near the end is one of my favorite musical moments of all time. I met a girl the other day who said she couldn't stand Pulp. I love the themes in this albums, and how catchy the album can be.
Still laugh every time at "She just laughed and said oh you're so funny, I said yeah. " Simple and beautiful, and the acoustic guitar with the background orchestra sound great on this song.