Pulp

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Pulp are an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 1978. At their critical and commercial peak, the band consisted of Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Russell Senior (guitar, violin), Candida Doyle (keyboards), Nick Banks (drums, percussion), Steve Mackey (bass) and Mark Webber (guitar, keyboards).

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. The album spawned four top ten singles, including "Common People" and "Mis-Shapes/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 references to British culture in their lyrics in the form of a "kitchen sink drama"-style. Cocker and the band became reluctant figureheads of 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. Pulp headlined the Pyramid Stage of the Glastonbury Festival twice and were regarded among the Britpop "big four", along with Oasis, Blur and Suede.

The band released We Love Life in 2001 and then took a decade-long break, having sold more than 10 million records. Pulp reunited and played live again in 2011, with dates at the Isle of Wight Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Pohoda, Sziget Festival, Primavera Sound, the Exit festival, and the Wireless Festival. A number of additional concert dates were afterward added to their schedule. In January 2013, Pulp released "After You", a song originally demoed for We Love Life, as a digital download single. It was the band's first single release since "Bad Cover Version" in 2002. On 9 March 2014, Pulp and 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 toured the international film festival circuit and was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories in the US in November 2014. It is the first film about Pulp (and Sheffield) that has been made in collaboration with the band. The band once again went on hiatus following this, but in 2022, Cocker announced that the band would be reuniting for a second time to play a series of shows in 2023.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1983ItPulp37
1987FreaksPulp3.57
1992SeparationsPulp39
1994His ’n’ HersPulp49
1995Different ClassPulp3.917
1998This Is HardcorePulp3.415
2001We Love LifePulp3.84

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1993Intro: The Gift RecordingsPulp3.353
1994Masters of the Universe: Pulp on Fire 1985–86Pulp24
1996Countdown 1992–1983Pulp5
1998Freshly Squeezed: …the Early YearsPulp1
1998Goes to the DiscoPulp1
1998Primal: The Best of the Fire Years 1983–1992Pulp1
1999On FirePulp1
2002HitsPulp35

Album + Compilation + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2006The Peel SessionsPulp51

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
19951995-06-24: Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, UKPulp3
2012Party Clowns: Live in London 1991Pulp1

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1983My LighthousePulp1
1983Everybody’s ProblemPulp1
1987They Suffocate at NightPulp2
1987Master of the UniversePulp1
1991My Legendary GirlfriendPulp3
1991CountdownPulp3
1992O.U. (Gone, Gone)Pulp2
1992BabiesPulp2
1993RazzmatazzPulp2
1993LipglossPulp6
1994Do You Remember the First Time?Pulp7
1995Common PeoplePulp8
1995Mis‐Shapes & Sorted for E’s & WizzPulp7
1995Disco 2000Pulp8
1996Something ChangedPulp6
1997Help the AgedPulp4
1998This Is HardcorePulp3
1998A Little SoulPulp3
1998Party HardPulp3
2001Sunrise / The TreesPulp4
2002Bad Cover VersionPulp2
2002Grandfather’s NurseryPulp1
2013After YouPulp2

EP

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1985Little Girl (With Blue Eyes) and Other Pieces…Pulp1
1986Dogs Are EverywherePulp1
1994The Sisters EPPulp5

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