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Pulp are an English alternative rock band who formed in Sheffield in 1978. Their best-known line-up from their heyday (1994-1996) consisted of Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar), Candida Doyle (keyboards), Russell Senior (guitar, violin), Mark Webber (guitar, keyboards), Steve Mackey (bass) and Nick Banks (drums). Senior quit in 1996 and has since 2010 returned for tours, while Leo Abrahams has been a touring member of the band since they reunited in 2011, contributing electric and acoustic guitar.

Throughout the 1980s, the band struggled to find success, but gained prominence in the UK in the mid-1990s with the release of the albums His 'n' Hers in 1994 and particularly Different Class in 1995, which reached the number one spot in the UK Albums Chart. Different Class spawned four top ten singles, including "Common People" and "Sorted for E's & Wizz", both of which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart. Pulp's musical style during this period consisted of disco influenced pop-rock coupled with "kitchen sink drama"-style lyrics. Jarvis Cocker and the band became reluctant figures in the Britpop movement, and were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 1994 for His 'n' Hers; they won the prize in 1996 for Different Class and were nominated again in 1998 for This Is Hardcore. They headlined the Pyramid Stage of the Glastonbury Festival twice.

The band would release two further, much less successful albums, This Is Hardcore (1998) and We Love Life (2001), after which they entered an extended hiatus, having sold more than 10 million records.

Pulp reunited played live again in 2011, with dates at the Isle of Wight Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Sziget Festival, Primavera Sound, the Exit festival, and the Wireless Festival. A number of additional concert dates have since been added to their schedule.

In January 2013 Pulp released "After You", a re-recording of a We Love Life demo track, as a digital download single. It was the band's first single release since "Bad Cover Version" in 2002.

On 9 March 2014 Pulp & filmmaker Florian Habicht premiered the feature documentary 'Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets' at SXSW Music and Film Festival in Austin Texas. The film has been touring the international film festival circuit and will be released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories in the USA in November 2014. It is the first film about Pulp (and Sheffield) that has been made in collaboration with the band.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1983 It 2 7
1987 Freaks 6
1992 Separations 7
1994 His 'n' Hers 4 5
1995 Different Class 4.5 6
1998 This Is Hardcore 4.5 8
2001 We Love Life 3 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Intro: The Gift Recordings 4 3
1994 Masters of the Universe: Pulp on Fire 1985-86 4
1996 Countdown 1992-1983 5
1998 Freshly Squeezed: ...the Early Years 1
1998 Goes to the Disco 1
1998 Primal: The Best of the Fire Years 1983-1992 1
1999 On Fire 1
2002 Hits 2
2006 The Peel Sessions 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1983 My Lighthouse 1
1983 Everybody's Problem 1
1987 They Suffocate at Night 2
1987 Master of the Universe 1
1991 My Legendary Girlfriend 3
1991 Countdown 2
1992 O.U. (Gone, Gone) 2
1992 Babies 2
1993 Razzmatazz 2
1993 Lipgloss 6
1994 Do You Remember the First Time? 6
1995 Common People 8
1995 Mis-Shapes / Sorted for E's & Wizz 7
1995 Disco 2000 8
1996 Something Changed 5
1997 Help the Aged 3
1998 This Is Hardcore 3
1998 A Little Soul 3
1998 Party Hard 3
2001 Sunrise / The Trees 3
2002 Bad Cover Version 2
2012 After You 3 2

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 Little Girl (With Blue Eyes) and Other Pieces... 1
1986 Dogs Are Everywhere 1
1994 The Sisters EP 5

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