Personalities | Pulp | Nineties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1978–2002, 2011–present)

This Sheffield band secured their first John Peel session when still at school (1981). Pulp then enjoyed/endured over a decade of cult success. Albums and singles pulsed out occasional sounds of potency, with Jarvis Cocker’s droll observational lyrics fitting snugly over indie guitars that brushed occasional electronica on tracks like ‘My Legendary Girlfriend’. By the time of His ‘N’ Hers (1994) Russell Senior (guitar), Candida Doyle (keyboards), Steve Mackey (bass), Mark Webber (guitar) and Nick Banks (drums) had found a patch of four-leaf clovers and the beginning of chart success. Replacing The Stone Roses at Glastonbury (1995), Pulp’s ‘Common People’ and ‘Sorted For E’s & Wizz’ became anthems. Different Class (1995) was just that, spawning hits and turning Cocker into a media darling – especially after his bottom-waving protest at Michael Jackson’s 1996 Brit Awards performance. Two further albums, This is Hardcore (1998) and We Love Life (2001), and a nine-year hiatus followed.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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