Waiting on a new stylus therefore turntable is out of action. But while I'm waiting let's talk about Pulp.
Something came on the TV the other night about Britpop and it got me thinking: if there was one song from the Britpop era that I wish I'd written, which would it be?
For me, there's two answers.
Either Blur's No Distance Left To Run or Pulp's Wickerman (from the We Love Life album pictured here). Why people carried on playing music after hearing Pulp's Wickerman is beyond me -- for me it's a perfect pinnacle of musicianship and lyricism.
I am however somewhat hesitant to lump Pulp with the Britpop tag -- it stopped me from properly discovering them for years. For too long they were the band that did Common People; also-rans to Oasis, Blur, The Verve and even, a little embarrisingly, Gene. (Sick, Sober and Sorry was my ringtone throughout college 😳). Now that my teenage years are a good way behind me and I can trust myself to never listen to another Pigeon Detectives song and think its good, I can safely call Pulp one of my favourite bands.
His and Hers is not my favourite album by the band -- in fact I think it might be their weakest -- but I'm fond of the heightened, acrylic cover. It really stands out amongst some of the other records in my collection. It does also contain Do You Remember The First Time? which is a class tune.
We Love Life is an album I've got a lot of time for. I've already expressed my feelings toward Wickerman but there's a whole host of good, interesting songs on the record. I don't want to call it my favourite Pulp album until I own vinyl copies of them all. I have a sneaking suspicion This Is Hardcore might best it to that title.
So yeah, Pulp -- so much more than just that one song some of you might know them for. And a damn sight better than Gene.
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