I loved this album growing up, and that hasn't changed. I feel like I relate and appreciate even more to that sort of smoldering hatred towards upper-class folks that Jarvis has here. Songs like "Misshapes" "Disco 2000" have such a lovely nostalgia and melancholy to me, all the paths in life not taken.... yeah I just adore this album. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. IT FEELS SO RIGHT.
This is brilliant. Chock full of great pop songs and insightful social commentary. Of its time, but stands the test of time. Does exactly what it set out to do. A genuinely perfect album.
Hell yes fuck yes.
Great connection between all the songs. I hadn't known that "Common People" is their song before listening to this album. "I Spy" sounds to me like a combination of all songs on the world - "It's A Sin" by Pet Shop Boys, a little bit like Queen. Of course "Disco 2000" is also worth mentioning! Definitely great album to be the first one out of the 1001.
Oh crap this is fun. I mean, is there a better anthem than Common People? It's like Elvis Costello met the Cure. It's music for the scene in the film where the boy chases the girl through the streets in a whirlwind romance. Quick Cuts, closeups, montage interjections. It's kinetic. This is joyful music.
The blues, as best I can understand it as a 62 year old American, middle class, white guy, is the music of the oppressed, voices that refuse to be silent. There is an underlying hope in the blues, an inner freedom and joy not contingent upon external circumstances. The book of Acts in the Bible witnesses to some of Jesus’ earliest disciples, beaten and imprisoned, singing joyful hymns! Different Class ain’t that. It’s just the bruises and the bondage, as an end to themselves, including desires to fuck everybody else’s wives and mothers, as well as fucking up one’s enemies. Don’t get fooled by the opening track- a call for the marginalized to use their minds rather than fists. The next song (and the rest of the recording) betray the lyricist’s true intentions, and ends with the final track, an invitation to meet at a bar in Soho ‘where other broken people go.’ And that’s that. No direction, purpose, understanding, wisdom, redemption, forgiveness, love, etc. Just brokenness for brokenness' sake. Thank God the music sucked too so I won’t be tempted to give it another listen. I didn’t even enjoy writing the review! Alexa, please put on some Albert King. 1/5 (Because I can’t give it a zero.)
Really quite fun once you get past the overt 80s Britishness of it all.
Biased as this is a personal favorite but it's 5 stars as far as brit pop goes in my eyes
I've listened to this album hundreds of times. It's part of my DNA by now. Pulp is by far the best British rock band of the era.
How is this album 25yrs old? How is it so good and I’ve only heard 2 songs on it? HOW????
Highlights: F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E., Live Bed Show, I Spy Pulp's sustained obscurity always put them in the "I should listen to that, but never got around to it" category. I'm glad I did, this was a wonderful experience from start to finish, which harkens back to David Bowie's soft-glam days and The Smiths Louder Than Bombs. The vocalist plays against a sweeping landscape of reverb and melodies skillfully eeked out of low-production value amps and synths. This less-is-more approach is where Pulp's sound contrasts to Bowie's bombastic presence. It's begging to be heard, and you aren't doing anyone (especially yourself) any favors by not answering the call.
Tales of sexual betrayal, inadequacy, regret, shit raves and class. I'm going to say it's the best album of the 90s. Prove me wrong.
Can’t really score it anything other than 5 stars seeing as one of our first three wedding dance songs is on this album! An album that I related to so much while growing up and working out my place in the world.
Yah yah it's aptly named, because it is in a different class to those other Britpop one-word named bands of the time (Blur and Oasis). Less self-consciously adopting a character than Blur, and rock much harder than Oasis - despite the latter's protests to the contrary, I'm sure. Pulp are slugged in with them purely by dint of making music in Britain at the same time, but the truth is Pulp were never playing the same game as the other two - they were playing a different sport altogether. Wry societal observation intertwined with hyper-personal (seeming) stories plucked from Cocker's own life, all set to a heavier and darker than given credit for rhythmic background. It says far more about the state of Britain (then and now) than the other two ever have. And in amongst all that they have a whole host of sweeping choruses, and smart-but-not-too-too-smug lyrical flits. I thought it was... well... different class.
They're not Blur or Oasis, yet I consider this to the best album to come out of the Britpop movement. Absolutely perfect. Whereas other britpop albums try emphasizing the British aspect, the focus is shifted more into the pop realm (although this album is still quite distinctively British in word choice and grammatical structure). It's such a naughty album, covering themes of sexuality and lust, hidden seductive desires through Romantic mediums of expression, making for a very loud yet wonderfully catchy set of tracks you could easily dance to. Great use of synths, that drive the album yet detracts from any form of repetition. The songs constantly transform into something different with each minute, usually building up into an explosion that makes them suitable for parties. All tracks are great, linked together by unique themes not normally covered in pop genre, while still knowing how to be pop. It deserves a perfect score. Favorite tracks: F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E, Disco 2000, Common People, Bar Italia, Underwear
This was the first album I ever bought. So part of this is nostalgia, but it still holds up incredibly well. Much less “of its time” than the big Britpop albums of the era, this has genuinely interesting, clever songwriting coupled with absolutely banging singalong choruses. What’s not to like!
Nothing. But. Bangers. Surprising myself with a 5 for this, didn’t want to jump on a bandwagon without truly falling for it…and I fell, hard.
January 1st, 2021. Very maximalist and grand, very well produced, and an interesting story that goes along with it. Standout Tracks: Something Changed, F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E,
Honestly, this is a pretty solid entry. It's fun and energetic with catchy hooks and just enough edge to remain interesting. I don't know that the world needed an entire album about sex but here it is. Very good but not quite great.
One of the quintessential Brit pop albums. This rivaled Blur and Oasis at the time of its release and it is easy to see why. Catchy, suggestive lyrics, great playing and pop hooks a plenty. I really like listening to this album when I’m not sure what to listen to. Jarvis Cocker is a great lyricist. Favorite song: Common People Least favorite song: Bar Italia
Maybe my favorite Pulp album. I think Common People is a stroke of genius. What a fucking anthem. Listened to Deluxe Edition. Also really like the bonus track Mile End.
Very good 90's britpop. I've been returning to Pulp's "This Is Hardcore" repeatedly since I heard it on this list, and I had a lot of hope for "Different Class" because of it. I'd say that "This is Hardcore" had higher highlights, but "Different Class" is much more consistent. With that said, this album also has a couple of songs that drag on, and drag the album down from a 5 to a 4. But it's a high 4, and I still recommend the album.
So cool that an album that slipped through my fingers 25 years ago, could stand out so much! I have heard Pulp in the past but never leaned in for a true listen. Rate Your Class felt like the perfect education on them. These obvious Bowie-lovers really can write and perform a song! Mis-Shapes is an excellent album starter for the continued catchy & endearing tunes to follow, including the sexy Pencil Skirt and beyond! This will be one of the 1001 that I find on vinyl and add to my collection. **I'd enjoy hearing Arcade Fire cover this record :)
Mis-Shapes: amazing Pencil Skirt: excellent Common People: excellent I Spy: mediocre Disco 2000: excellent Live Bed Show: very good Something Changed: good Sorted for E’s & Wizz: good F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.: Good Underwear: very good Monday Morning: very good Bar Italia: excellent 8.5/10
Vielleicht ist mir ja Pulp auch die liebste all derjenigen Bands die man damals unter Britpop zusammengefasst hat. Tolle Platte hier, eigentlich nur Hits drauf. Sex (!) Drogen (!), Schlägerein, und dazu Jarvis' sleazy Cockyness dir mir immer das Höschen jucken macht. Klassenkampf und süße Rache natürlich als beherrschendes Thema ("I Spy", meine Güte!), und das alles wahnsinnig schlau ohne auch nur ein bisschen verkopft zu sein. Ich möchte 5 Punkte geben - bringe aber trotzdem heute nur 4 raus. Werde schon noch rausfinden woran das liegt. Trotzdem: Big Love!
4.1 + Pulp's flair for dynamics and theatrics are here. "Common People" remains an amazing allegory for the struggles of British class struggle that's catchy and bursting with life. There are also several tracks colored by Cocker's penchant for the Smutty (with a capital "S"). "Monday Morning" reads like a tract from "Tropic of Cancer." In fact, at some point I'll want to give the lyrics more than a cursory skim. There's a literary aspect here that I have yet to fully appreciate.
Obsessed with the melodrama of I-Spy OBVIOUSLY Common People and Disco 2000 are absolute classics I didn't love all of it but also I feel like this is one that will grow on me
Cocker is Costello's heir but for the fact that he's not much of a melodist. Then again, I'm not sure he wants to be. Agitated, swatting-the-flies-buzzing-around-your-head, House-infused rhythms are what he's interested in—a wonderful match with his 'I'm only pretending to be polite' vocal affect and keep 'em guessing lyrical in/sincerity. It's my first time with Different Class, and I suspect not all these local disco beats will endure, but the ones he builds up to a cliff edge certainly will: Common People, I Spy, Disco 2000. So too the creepy Pencil Skirt, which he has the audacity to stick in the track two slot—exactly where Elvis would put it, I bet.
Not my type of music...
There were a few great moments in this album. However, it was mostly a slog.
Acronyms are intended for abbreviating long phrases or names - they can be super-useful when used for their proper purpose. The acronym for Feeling Called Love would be F.C.L. But P.U.L.P. seems to misunderstand how acronyms work. Acronyms sung as part of a song also usually doesn't go well. Or spelling things out in general. "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" might be the exception, but "Y.M.C.A." and B-A-N-A-N-A-S certainly wore out their welcome. I wonder how long of a playlist we could get out of songs that spell out words or acronyms...? So Pulp misunderstands acronyms, but I think I must misunderstand Pulp. Because apparently "Different Class" is acclaimed and beloved, and people think Jarvis Cocker (surely a country singer and not a Brit-pop dandy) is an amazing lyricist. But my understanding is that the album is nearly unlistenable, and the lyrics are either lame or offensive. I don't need to hear multiple songs of Cocker bragging about his affairs with married women. I prefer low pulp. Or no pulp. The orange juice doesn't lose anything without the pulp, and neither would music.
The superlatives seem to be deserved on first listen. Of course, I'm a sucker for string arrangements, and there seem to be good ones here. The opening of F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E. stood out especially in that regard. Other than that, loved the pop accessibility, loose concept, and vocals.
This is a classic album, not my favorite by them, but still a banger
hell yes. I am such a bitch for this kind of brit-pop and this was a great example of it in this album. so many strong tracks and “F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E” was soooo G.O.O.D. the songs were funny quirky catchy and just really well composed. the vocalist had a nice voice too.
This is an essential Brit Rock album.
Common People" Released: 22 May 1995 "Mis-Shapes" / "Sorted for E's & Wizz" Released: 25 September 1995 "Disco 2000" Released: 27 November 1995 "Something Changed" Released: 25 March 1996
Oasis are the best band of the 90's, but this is the best album of the 90's. Mis-Shapes - 10/10 Pencil Skirt - 7.5/10 Common People - 10/10 I Spy - 10/10 Disco 2000 - 10/10 Live Bed Show - 8/10 Something Changed - 10/10 Sorted For E's and Wizz - 9/10 F.E.E.L... - 9/10 Underwear - 10/10 Monday Morning - 10/10 Bar Italia - 9/10 Great tunes packed with witty lyrics from start to finish.
The best Britpop album. I think it stands up better than anything by Blur or Oasis from that era
Heel goed common people is het nummer van de plaat, maar de rest is minstens even goed. 9,5 vandaar een 5/5
This is an album from my teenage years. It’s disquieting and challenging to revisit the past in a way. I also can’t sing this in key even though I know all the words. I blame Mr Cocker. I like how Pulp’s albums circumvent what the arrangement of a pop song is like through his spoken parts.
Unfortunately this album has been stuck in Plain hell since 2014. The album itself is fantastic, Cocker easily had my favorite take on Brit-pop. I listened to Scott Walker before I listened to this album. By the time I got to I Spy, I couldn’t help but feel the influence. I then googled Pulp and Scott Walker and discovered that he actually produced their last album. That is awesome, and so was this album
Great way to start the day
So far I only knew Common People by Pulp, a song I really love. Turns out, I very much enjoyed the rest of the album too! Will probably check out other albums by Pulp :-)
Was torn between 4 and 5 here. Objectively I think we've heard better albums, but I got more enjoyment out of this than some others. I'd only heard Common People before listening and really liked that song, but it was even better in context.
LOVE!!!!! Punk-y but really chill vibe
I wish I would’ve checked out this album way back when I heard William Shatner’s cover of “Common People” in 2003, but I don’t know that I would’ve appreciated it fully then.
War ich zu Release schon von den bekannten, großartigen Hits getriggert und fasziniert vom Style der Britmania, die um eine Schattierung 70er Jahre Farbentsättigung erweitert wurde, also etwas wehmütig tristes erhielten, so wuchsen Pulp mit jedem Jahr Reife immer größer und größer und füllten selbst die Räume, die mir noch zuvor wie filler des Albums („Sorted for E‘s and Wizz“) vorgekommen waren, oder historisch noch nicht den „Fire-years“ zuzuordnen („F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E“) ein blinder Fleck des Unkundigen darstellten. Vieles klingt schon breit, panavision in Sound quasi und das mir etwas zu slicke Nachfolger Album „Hardcore“ wirft hier schon Schatten voraus („I Spy“, „Live Bed Show“). Es sollte schon als historisch wichtigste Veröffentlichung gelten, auch wenn ich das Finale „Love Life“ biografisch etwas näher am Herzen trage. Dennoch unerreicht, was hier dieser eigenbrödelnden Gang aus ‚Sheffield Sex City‘ gelungen ist. Vermisse die Zeit, als ich noch nicht wusste, was es bedeutet „Something Changed“ 4ever 5.0
Great Album. Really Enjoyed
David Bowie meets dance anthem
The question isn’t whether it’s a 5, it’s are there any better albums out there?
Nice! Reminds me of Rick and morty
Songs to stalk people in their bedrooms to Prefs : Mis-Shapes, Common People, Disco 2000, Something Changed, Sorted for E's & Wizz, Underwear, Bar Italia Moins prefs: NADA
Préférées <3 Disco 2000 Something changed Feeling called love
A great album that was part of the Brit Pop explosion. Lyrics that reminded us of the struggle of everyday people
The greatest Britpop album ever made
Obožavam. Već kad sam se polako zabrinula da me nista ne moze oduševiti ovaj album je to uspio. Da moram objasnit svoj glazbeni ukus ovo bi svakako ušlo u opis.
Oduševljena sam. Preslušala sam ga tri puta. Dosl hodam nasipom i smijem se jer odavno nisam osjetila taj polet koji nastane kad otkriješ nove izvrsne pisme! <3
This is the soundtrack to me being 16. It's probably a 4 but I feel that's too churlish considering how much these songs are in my brain.
Od svih koje sam dosad poslusala tu, ovaj mi je najbolji!
Is this a flawless album? Well how about this. I listened to the album without Common People, Sorted for Es and Whizz, Disco 2000 and Mis-Shapes. And you know what? It is - Feeling Called Love, Bar Italia and Underwear would be the singles in any other album. Every track has its own story and sound while also sounding part of a coherent whole.
One of Britpop’s absolute best.
Brilliant, peak britpop
A glorious celebration of life with a twist of curtain twitching suburban kink. If Oasis were all cocaine arrogance and Blur were introverted heroin, Pulp were Ecstasy and love, reaching out to the misfits and the mis-shapes saying ‘don’t worry, it’s alright, there’s thousands of us who feel like you, fancy a brew?’ Unashamedly making pogo on the dance floor singalong hits and with the peerless Jarvis Cocker, all angles and oddness, yet perhaps the most charismatic front man of the era, Pulp just made you feel loved. The stories on these tracks are fun and absorbing, the music is layered and energetic, never afraid of adding more strings or synths, and the overall effect is a classic album that never loses its lustre with each repeat play and most likely the highlight of the BritPop era.
I'm giving a 5. I know I'm rating high. This reminds me of some of my favourite bands. 2nd song in it's Faith no More and the cure
Don’t care what Mike thinks, Pulp are cool.
Love it - all the songs sounded the same, but I'm HERE FOR THAT SONG.
I mean... I've heard this millions of times lol
Really, really liked this.
I think I'll have to go for the full 5 on this one. It is a bit of a masterpiece
If Ken Loach were a band, he'd be Pulp.
The best Britpop album (at the time) The best Britpop album (in hindsight)
If 1995 were to be summed up in an album it would be this one. Forget Blur or Oasis, Pulp were always the clear winners of the Britpop wars. I hadn't listened to this in years, as I had overplayed it and felt it was maybe dated. Hearing it with fresh ears it is a such am amazing album. Timeless but also so link to an era it is a document of social commentary To 22 year old me, "Won't it be strange when we're all fully grown?" because yeah it is
Japp men det är fusk för jag har lyssnat tidigare.
Probably the best Britpop album? It's just a perfect mix of the fun anthemic bops and the darker, introspective stuff that Pulp excelled at (and explored even more for their next album, This Is Hardcore)
I’m a common people and I like this album.
This is top tier brit pop, how have I never heard of them?!?!?
I thought it was nostalgia - but there’s isn’t a single song that does not pull at my heart strings when I listen to this album. Jarvis Cocker and lurid and lucid take on a Brit’s coming of age - is executed with panache and sardonic wit. A perfect album through and through - the best album from the whole Britpop era.
Clue’s in the name!
El pinnacle del brit pop i una de les cimes compositives dels '90. No hi ha un sol moment fluix en tot el disc. És curiós com una banda pot esclatar en un moment d'inspiració divina que ni abans ni després es torna a repetir, ni tan sols a apropar-se. Sort en tot cas van tenir ells de ser un dels pocs escollits per brillar d'aquesta manera
Released in 1995, "Different Class" is the best and most fun rendition of '80s synthpop I have ever heard.
For now, this app says I don't like britpop. Wrong. I love it when it's well-written, topical as f*ck, smart and irreverent, nor to mention rich on a musical standpoint. Exactly what Pulp's magnum opus provides here. Oh, I almost forgot. And you can shake your rump on a dancefloor to a large chunk of those tracks, too. A huge plus that very few other britpop masterpieces can boast about. What more can you ask, really, eh? Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 909 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 50 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 26 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 19
One of the few albums on this list that I have listened to the whole way through a load of times before. This is proper nostalgia for me - I would've only been 5 when this came out, but my dad loved it so it was on in the car all the time. In retrospect, the lyrics are really inappropriate for a five year old to be listening to, but I don't think it's messed me up too badly! I can't give it anything other than a 5, the combination of some proper singalongs (Common People & Disco 2000 the most obvious) with a few of their hallmark album tracks (the slightly creepy, slower songs like I Spy and Live Bed Show) with a proper ballad (Something Changed) and some really clever social/political commentary. Fits together really well as an album, and closes nicely with the energy in Monday Morning into the drunken ramble of Bar Italia. Mile End (which is only on the Deluxe Edition) is also well worth a listen (and not just because I live just round the corner from there).
8/10, beautiful, and grimy. Class, and sex. Grand, and quiet. Operatic, and boozy.
It's pretty good Britpop, so of course if you read any English reviewer, they're the second coming. Their most prominent single, Common People, is pretty badass, but the rest of it is mostly just horny generic pop. Best track: Common People
underwear is an amazing fucking song
Has some David Bowie and Talking Heads vibes, really like the two hits off the album, the rest was forgettable.
Liked it :)
A really fun kind of music I've never really listened to.
Iconic, yet annoying
I enjoyed common people, but pencil skirt sounds really... Uh... Rapey to me.
We would never have listened to this album if not for the 1001 Albums list. Really good and surprisingly catchy.
Vorläufer von Panic! Und Fall Out Boy? Ich mag den Sound
Good, catchy tracks
I liked it, there's a lot of glam and personality to it. This Aussie gives it four nights at the Sydney Opera House out of five.
I really enjoyed this. Going to add it to my main mixes.
Every song is good. Just a classic album.
Couple of missteps but it’s great. Sorted for Es and Whiz is still the best
The Smiths and Flight of the Conchords-esque sound. Fun album. Common people is a great song
Very good britpop album. I only had heard the single Common People out of all of their songs. The whole album is definitely worth a listen.
thought i wouldn't care for it...turns out i do
Great britnpop album, probably the most theatrical and dynamic of all the Brit pop singers. 3.9
It’s like if David Bowie and Duran Duran were a little simpler and sleazy. This is the kind of album that the kids on Skins would listen to for sure and I dig it.
Indiezinho gostoso demais, curti!
Spooky vibes, I am surprised I like this.
Nice energy, cheerful.
feel i should enjoy this more than I do, still some great tunes and a slice of time
I enjoyed this, had some definite hallmarks of other Brit-pop/rock bands
Classic of the genre, still sounds great
Leuk! Met een paar goeie meezingers 🙂.
Kende het niet (denk ik) maar vond het zeer aangenaam. Lijkt me wel iets om al es een plaatje van op te zetten.
Some quality songs on this. Like the style too.
Muy bien álbum no conocido
Prior to 1001 albums I had not listened to the whole album, but it was still one of my favourite albums.
Was a nice surprise, actually enjoyed it quite a lot
'Common People' is een fantastisch nummer, en het grootste deel van dit album ligt wel in lijn ermee
Enjoyed every song. Kinda forgot they did other stuff besides common people.
Great pop, not just for students. Surprisingly time-less
Very 90s British. Pretty good!
A decent Britpop album with some great melodramatic and meloncholy tunes. 8.0/10 Best Track: "Common People"
Honestly a 4.5. Really liked it, but I hold the 5 stars rating at such a high level it doesn't quite hit it.
I think that my introduction to Pulp was hearing William Shatner's cover of "Common People". I like both versions. As soon as I heard the first track on this album, I knew that I was listening to the band who is responsible for "Common People". "I Spy" was my least favorite track, but even with that I have feeling I probably would listen to this album again. I enjoyed the listen. 3.6 stars
Always heard good things about Pulp, didn’t let me down. The couple singles I heard before were the standout tracks. My kind of genre too, enjoyed it.
Muy disfrutón, el que más cerca de darle un 5 he estado de momento
It was great
Good sleezy album all the way through, not really my genre, but still a good album.
Fun, energetic. OK, I can see how someone who grew up with this would be absolutely in love with it.
Pop ma carino
Good work Jarvis!
The highpoint of Pulp's career? Very possibly.
Yes, lekker vrolijke pop-rock muziek voor de vrijdag! Zitten erg goede nummers bij, waarbij "Disco 2000" toch wel de meezinger is! ****
Fresh.... As fresh as pulp....to coin a new phrase ....I think anyway.
This is kinda sexy? And funny and dramatic. Adore the singles. 3.5 rounded up.
Soft 4 stars. Another unknown piece of music that I thoroughly enjoyed
Nice cohesive album!
Common people rocks!
Nostalgie, vergeten britpop 2 mega nummers
I liked this album more than I was expecting to. But I forgot to rate originally and cant remember the particular songs I liked.
I knew a few of these singularly, but the whole album was very good. Great music with plenty of ‘let’s dance’ riffs.
Pleasantly surprised, always did like British rock and this was cool.
4.5/5 Amazing album, love the sound and the variation between the songs. Favourite songs: - Common people - Disco 2000 - Underwear
Honestly a pretty good album, but it bleeds together after a while. I enjoyed it, but didn’t find it to be a true masterpiece.
I had never heard of this band, but had heard Common People. This may be the only Britpop I can stand. Really well done. Could be mixed better, as some instruments are too quiet in the background, but it's a really enjoyable 90s British time capsule.
So very British
Really good Britpop, I really enjoyed it
This is almost the ultimate Britpop album. The lyrics are clever, the music is upbeat but sneering. An album with songs I can dance to and others to sit down and listen.
I admire Pulp's ability to juxtapose the highly consumable fuzzed brit-pop sound with novelesque narratives of tortured characters in a broken world. You can hear this in the first 4 tracks, which are kind of like couplets of alternating themes. The title track 'Mis-Shapes' is a perfect summary of the struggle of a younger generation coming up against the adversely challenging realities that their elder generations set before them. The story carries on in 'Common People', where two people explore (and ultimately become disillusioned with) just what it would mean to be common. Both tracks have this bubbly pop beat, which make it easy to overlook just how downtrodden these stories really are. Sandwiched between those two tracks is 'Pencil Skirt', which tells the story of a depraved would-be suitor who is stalking someone, persisting past all objections, and content only in the acquisition or torment of the object of their obsession. If you don't like that, then you'll want to steer clear of this character's escalating fantasies in the track "I Spy". And it carries on from there. Each song, something you can easily bop along with as it plays along in the background. Then a lyric grabs your attention, and you find that the stories are increasingly demanding your attention. Somewhere along the way, the pop tunes fall away entirely and you're struggling with the dilemmas of these characters.
Great album. Listened to it for 4 hours and it created a great station as well.
This and Blur's Great Escape wrap up the 90s half way through the decade. Jarvis and the band is on point; lyrics, themes, melodies and riffs, whispers and croons and yelps. It's in a class on its own.
Very cool 90s British indie rock album. Unique sound while still being very representative of its time. Not perfect, but will likely revisit it again soon.
“On that damp and lonely moment, Thursday years ago” Damn I love that song. I like the record very much although I think it’s a bit long and dramatic. I was 9 when it came out and yet it has attached some great memories, I wish I could’ve seen pulp live
love a bit of brit-pop
I love the cover art, and there are a couple of classics on there. Disco 2000 and Common People are great tracks, but so over-played for me as to have become wallpaper. The themes are more interesting than many of their Britpop contemporaries. Sorted for E's and Wizz is a standout track for me. I love the melody and the lyrics describe the late 80's/early 90's rave/ecstasy revolution that I was too young to get into at the time, but have researched with interest since. Pulp to me sound like art college. In a good way.
Kind of creepy with the whispering at some points... but it's not a bad album. Some enjoyable artrock or whatever genre you'd put this in. I never got tired of listening to it, which is more than I can say for some of the albums on here. Dude's got sex on his mind all the time though, and it becomes a little comical by the end of the album.
les cousins un peu louches des libertines je pense
Y'a des vibes de Bowie j'aime bien.
I always sort of liked Pulp, they were a fun pop band. I didn't appreciate quite how good they were though, until listening to this now. What a great album! There's so much to like here, fun tunes, great production, interestingn lyrics, all kinds of moods. I really rather love it!
Альбом This is hardcore этой группы стал в свое время откровением для меня, но до этого альбома я так и не дошел. И... совершенно зря! Определенно заслуживающий внимания альбом и группа
Disco 2000 je peak Britpop indeed
Of the Brit pop or punk I didn’t know before hand it is my favorite.
Excellent album - and a real picture of its time.
I've always liked their hits but never clicked with Pulp beyond that. Really enjoyed listening to the whole album tho, plenty of bops and some moody stuff too, excellent album high 4.
I said on my other Pulp review that I hadn't explored much Pulp beyond Different Class. I really enjoy this album despite all the things I dislike about 90s music: too long albums and Britpop. Yet this album works for me. Maybe it's because it is anchored by the banger of a song with Common People.
Never heard of this band before, but very nice!
It's so good, and gets you in different ways each listen.
Nothing bad, but its generally pretty borring and I find the lyircs kinda cringey and immature. Closer to a 2.5, but its not offensively bad enough to justify rating it a 2
1995. Key Songs: Common People, Mis-Shapes, Mile End
Good record. Listened to the deluxe version tonight, and I really love the demo versions on it.
trevligt album faktiskt.
Was good but not what I’m here for. Only listened to first few songs on the album. 90s British rock
David Bowie + Damon Albarn Lots of sex, sadness and missing ones lover
average . nothing pops out . common people is somewhat good
I still don't think I *get* Pulp but this is pretty good.
An album that simultaneously sounded like a throwback and way ahead of its time. Not bad.
gostei bem mais do finalzinho
Album started off sounding like the Beatles a little. Some of the songs have interesting rhythms. Very poppy and bass heavy.
I know of "Common People" and "Disco 2000". Common people is probably their most popular song, it's a great class-warfare anthem. I Spy has a fun instrumental. I'm not sure how I feel about the whispery-vocals. 3.5 down to 3. Probably their best album. I think I would like the band better with a different singer though. :/
Something I don't think I ever came across before, although some of the songs seemed strangely familiar. Interesting.
Worth listening to again. Reminds of 50cc
Common people, what a song.
Progenitor to the kind of stuff I find myself defaulting to, like Spoon. Heavy on the social commentary, and medium on the everything else. I'll probably dig through it again later, although I already know which way this band leans.
It’s fine, not a lot to say
common people. what a song!
Pretty generic old punk. Probably a big inspiration for some band i love but doesnt strike me as interesting
Not something I’d listen to again as a whole album. There’s maybe a song I’d listen to again but probably not. I didn’t hate my life while listening to this though
Not bad. Inspired by Bowie. Felt like a lighter Third Eye Blind self titled in terms of the reflections made in the songs.
A couple odd but great songs on this one
Has the vibe of a melancholy, but charming indie movie.
mm.. tuttuja biisejä mutta ei oikein mun juttu
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Some really catchy tunes. I also didn't understand how you got there semi-naked in someone else's room.
That was sensual
It was okay - feel good album but not my thing
Great, really evocative and varied
Nice sound, like the glam/synth combination
Not bad. Nothing I feel I need to own, though. Decent power pop.
Inspired from Roxy Music. Good English electronic beats, earnest lyrics delivered well. 7/10
Hit or miss, but the misses were close and the hits were soft. Very middle of the road for me, but overall "nice"
Another British group making what is an influential sound for future British alternative efforts. You can see the Blur, Bloc Party and more taking inspiration from this album, and with catchier hooks, it's easy to see why.
Nicht schlecht und ziemlich populär
British men, go to horny jail
Not bad, just kind of forgettable.
weird lyrics, some bops
in...teresting lyrics?lol. eww his voice in the second song pls he's a weirdo. third song was better but i cant get into this sound. 4th track he's back to whispering xd Disco 2000 is the first song i kinda enjoy. WAIT I KNOW THIS SONG lmao. i've heard this on the radio a bunch yet i never knew the name of this band lol. mans got friendzoned all by himself. song sounds good could do without the word breasts though. ah i'm done, wasnt as bad as the first couple of tracks made me think it'd be, it's like a 2.5 but im feeling generous :P
Not my cup of tea, but certainly not a bad album either
Very good rock music, enjoyed it all the way through. This is the kind of music that I would love to put on while cooking food and having a beer. I'm tempted to give this a 4 but perhaps that's a bit too high, but it's definitely 3.5 / 5.
Good vibes, but nothing super stood out to me. Favorite song: Bar Italia
Diggar! Bästa låtar: Common People Something Changed Disco 2000
British Pop is a thing, and yeah, a lot lighter than American pop I've heard in the past. Interesting that its also art rock.
Good album…becoming a fan of pulp
I've been appreciating Britpop a lot more of late - no doubt due to this fantastic 1001 exercise. In general - and Pulp here absolutely follows suit - there is such an emphasis on melodic progressions which I am a sucker for. For this Pulp album, songs like "Mis-shapes" and "Disco 2000" just ring out with irresistible sing-song melodies - so much that I like and appreciate about song structure is wrapped up in these. Yet...I find that my problem with Pulp is not necessarily Jarvis Cocker's voice, it's perhaps his manner of singing on many of the songs ("I Spy") that can prove ...difficult? - actually it's the combination of style and lyrics, and as a listener who finds that lyrics should serve as a "get in & get out of the way" piece rather than sitting right up top as the main focus, they're FAR too often a distraction. The verses in "F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E" annoyed me so much - dry right-up-in-your-head vocals but once the song kicks in I like it - so what the hell am I supposed to think about this? The weird lyrics to "Underwear" kinda wreck what I love about the music in this song. I'm going to have to give this another few spins - as of now 3 stars but almost disappointing; I feel like this album wasthisclose to being great for me. Freaking lyrics, man... 6/10 3 stars
Some good songs in there, some good lyrics, but as an album the result is a bit too monotonous. Either that or I just don't dig the sound that much.
Common People is a classic. Pretty decent album.
Eh, had a hard time getting into it. Brit rock pop stuff... not really for me.
Not sure ..
This just doesn't cut the mustard for me anymore. Don't get me wrong, Common People and Disco 2000 are two of the greatest songs ever but the rest of the album just doesn't grab me in the same way it used to. It all feels very comfortable and on one level in the way that those two epic singles aren't. I don't particularly enjoy Jarvis' voice too. Nothing I can exactly lay my finger on. It just lightly grates at times. Though this album had a special place in my heart for a few years so it well warrants my attention
Muy noventero. Lo mejor es la portada
This is a pretty good album that I liked, but didn't love. I think the sometimes too theatrical presentation kept me from really loving it. Common People is a great song as well as Monday Morning and FEELINGCALLEDLOVE also had a feel that I really enjoyed the rest of the album had moments but nothing that reached the levels as these three songs. 3.75 🌟
A very fine if not totally generic Brit Rock album from the 90s. Does what it says on the tin.
Some standard Brit pop for me
Can't really get the greatness in it, but at least it's not bad.
'When you raise your pencil skirt, like a veil before my eyes' fucking love that lyric. Common People is obviously an absolute jam, big fan of that song so was awesome to listen to on a Monday morning, Disco 2000 comes second to that. Really didn't like the song I Spy. F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E is a sensual song, tense af. Now, the album cover, I'm not sure how I feel about it, I love a wedding so that's plus points I guess but the white border on the background is not a vibe and is quite dated (i mean it is for 1995 so I'll let it slide). 6/10
Some Brit pop goodness, but not the best Brit pop
Beetje wennen. Teksten vooralsnog scherper dan de muziek.
If you've not yet heard William Shatner's version of "Common People", do yourself a favor.
A very average album. Some highs, some lows, and lots of in between. Nothing particularly bad, but nothing particularly good either.
jarvis cocker comes off as a weird fragile pervert but he writes some good songs.
Blur and Oasis are certainly the most popular acts in britpop, but Pulp is the most britpop act in britpop. They're also VERY horny, which I don't like. Otherwise, the songs are alright and serve the genre pretty well.
Liked it as an instrumental album
I enjoyed the songs that auto played after the album more than the album, but it was pretty good.
I've never really listened to Pulp before (outside of that one song that was on the Venture Bros. - which I liked a lot), but this is pretty good. Better than Blur and significantly better than Oasis. I was starting to think there was no hope for Britpop.
Começou um pouco barulhento pro meu gosto, mas estou achando ok agora. Bom pra lavar louças ou fazer faxina, mas não seria meu go to album.
Britpop is not my thing, but this album has a lot of fun songs, specially Mis-Shapes and Common People. I guess people who enjoy Oasis and Blur will also enjoy this. Favorite tracks: * Mis-Shapes * Dance 2000 * Common People
Not seeing what's so amazing about this. Good to mediocre.
Notes: 1. This is a pretty good album. 2. So, let's talk about the songs where the listener is getting lectured to by the breathy voiced singer... They made me a touch uncomfortable. Aside from that, this is the best Space Hog album I've heard in a few years. Keep it up!
Wasn’t as bad as I thought. In fact I quite enjoyed some tracks so 3*
Hadn't heard this one before but I went out and bought it. Has a very Kinks kind of vibe.
give common people its 5/5, but the rest is nowhere close
Aw bloody crumpets, god save the queen. Some of the lyrics aren't really winners. Too much pervy stalky sex stuff. It was pretty good overall, but this must be the most uncomfortable album to play on your speakers around other people. When "Feeling Called Love" ended, I was like "Well that was pretty uncomfortable. Surely the next song won't be that creepy!" And then I saw the next song was titled "Underwear".
I enjoyed his as I remember the singles from this album from when it was released. I wasn't blown away by the other tracks on the album but it was pleasant to listen to.
This was a strange album - it started out as kinda standard 90s UK pub rock, then around the second half it became this real Gen X 80s pop rock stuff, still pretty pub-bound I guess but was weird. I did mostly enjoy it though. 55min is too long, but hey. Still a solid 3/5.
Interesting artefact - didn't listen to it then, only really heard of Common People - probably won't listen to it again - but glad I listened to it for this
Znači, ja stvarno ne razumijem kako nekome ovaj album može biti najbolji brit-pop ikad? Općenito da im je 5/5, šta već. To njegovo šaputanje bi bacio u tri pičke materine. Toliko sam puta pokušao slušati, stvarno jesam, negdje 10 puta maltene, ali ne ide. Dakle ovaj album nije ni četvorka nažalost za mene, a tako sam htio da bude. Jebem ti to romantično/drkavajuće šaputanje na albumu, da ti jebem. Kolko serem po ovom albumu, ispast će da mislim da je dvojka ili trojka, malo je jače od trojke, al kužiš, Blurov najgori album je u rangu sa ovim.
Loved the first third, then it got into pretty generic Brit rock (still good), and then boring ballads to close the album.
first listen some great songs but the rest is kinda filler
New to Pulp, cringed for a minute over nore British pop but they got me! My highlights! Pencil Skirt & F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.
Sounds like Bowie. Isn't Bowie.
6/10. Some okay songs, in a pervy British guy way
The music is pretty good, although not very original. The lyrics are really uninspiring.
Didn't do a lot for me, unfortunately. It's a fine album, I just found myself relatively uninterested. Jarvis Cocker's delivery ranges from fine, to weirdly seductive to me. Songs are fine. Guess I'm more of a Blur fan. Favorite track: "Disco 2000"
Wel beter als dat andere album van ze, maar meer dan 2 sterren wordt het niet
There was an overindulgence in the mid 90s from British bands that never really spoke to me. Not horrible but I feel like this album is such a strong response to the pop of the early 90s that it feels a bit silly.
Kind of a lame British punk rock band. Nothing too extraordinary here. Highlights: -Common People -Monday Morning
Not offensive, but very forgettable.
I'm learning that Pulp is pretty hot and miss with me. Mostly misses here. I liked "Something Changed", felt that it brought together their unique cocktail of cynicism & earnestness nicely.
thought I would like it more. kind of boring
Pulpowy albumik, pierwszy raz slysze o tym zespole, ale oczywiscie po brytyjsku musi byc, klimat mocno popowy, album ktory mozna przesluchac i nie zapamietac ani jednego traka z niego, az taka papka, wszystko brzmi podobnie do poznego morrisseya, a lirycznie niezbyt ciekawie, bo o ludziach zwyklych i niezwyklych, a jak ludzie to motyw glowny to milosc, wiec nic nowego, wartym uwagi jest trak monday morning, fajno ze w info albumikowym mozna znalezc nawet na jakich modelach instrumentali grali myzykowie, bardzo jakosciowy dodatek
Tja, dit zou dan British finest moeten zijn geweest in de jaren negentig. Ik kon er toen al niet veel mee en nu eigenlijk ook niet. Hitjes als Common People en Disco 2000 zijn wel tof, maar niet genoeg voor mij om er 3 sterren voor te geven.
There are some good tracks here, but a lot of fluff. Doesn’t come close to justifying its runtime. Middling effort
Not my favorite. Had some palatable listens, but overall not my kind of music.
Easy listening, enjoyable if not memorable. It got progressively worse though
The music isn’t bad but the vocalist’s “seductive vampire” thing he does just about ruins it for me.
Didn’t listen to it all just cus I hadn’t got the time, wasn’t a huge fan of the small amount I heard tho. Pretty sure a 2 is what I would have given it anyway so I’ll just stick with that
With the exception of “Common People”, a thoroughly unremarkable album. I thought I liked Britpop when I lived through it in the ‘90s, but it’s been 25 years and Times and tastes change.
A lot of the lyrics and the whispery voice kinda creeped me out. Definitely not my favourite.
Some reasonable songs - Pulp were a sort of modern day Kinks, but (surprise!) I don't like them.
I thought I might like it but I really don't. It's just annoying but also weirdly popular
Ett album som blandar och ger. Hade hört Common People sedan innan, men känner att den är extremt överskattad. Den har ingen rätt att sträcka ut sig till nästan 6 minuter, och bara låta som ett intro som inte tar sig någonvart. Många låtar lider tyvärr av att inte ta sig någonstans. För visst, grundarbetet finns där, albumet är inte dåligt på något sätt, men det finns ingen riktig extra touch som får det att sticka ut. Det faller ganska platt, mellanmjölk. Några låtar höjer sig ur mängden. Disco 2000 är bra, låter som något The Stone Roses skulle gjort. Vilket är en komplimang. Something Changed har fina stråkar. "F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E" är mer experimentell, här tar bandet ut svängarna, det är INTE tråkigt och det är INTE platt, synd att det inte händer oftare på albumet. Bar Italia är en fin avslutningslåt. Jag vet att albumet ses som definerande för britpop-eran, vilket kanske är varför jag känner mig extra besviken. 2013 gjorde NME en lista över historiens 500 bästa album. Different Class kom på 6:e plats. Jag har tyvärr svårt att dela den entusiasmen. Bästa låt: F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.
I don't want to put more thought into this review than the band put into making this album, so I will just note that I do not think that it is very good. I look forward to next week when I will forget about its existence 2/5
Britpop is niet aan mij besteed merk ik.
it was weird. some of the songs i just didn’t click with and the others were just kinda bad. no hate just not my style
Not bad, not bad.
ja nee niets dat me opviel
Music is underwhelming. Voice is not great. No thanks.
Can you imagine how crappy it must feel to have a song that was covered by William Shatner and have that cover be like 900x better than your original?
Not really my thing. The lyrics sounded like they could have been from Flight of the Conchords
Throw away Brit Pop
Eh. One of the more forgettable projects we've had on this list. I checked wikipedia for some lore, and this is critically acclaimed?? Like high on best of all time lists????? Must be a British moment because, God save the queen, I was bored almost immediately. Mostly bland, go-nowhere, middle of the road rock. Struggled to find much worth returning to. I would axe this one. Favorite tracks: FEELINGCALLEDLOVE. Album art: Made me think this was late '60s, early '70s. Turns out it's the '90s. I think the black and white pics mixed into the wedding photo is cool, but this isn't doing much for me. 2/5
I liked bits of Disco 2000 but everything else was more British rock I don’t think should be on this list.
Interesting group…. Was ok
Not my thing. If I’m looking for Brit pop, I prefer Radiohead, maybe an occasional Blur.
TIL that Pulp and Oasis are two different bands.
“Still obviously a product of its time, a snapshot of mid-'90s life in the UK.”
A high 2. But I wouldn’t listen again.
Meh. I didn't like it a first although it did grow on me a little.
Mixed bag. Some good tunes and some weird
I didn't really want to like this album as I was kinda anti-Britpop in my teens, but it was actually pretty good. I doubt I'll ever listen to it again but it was nice to realise that my teenage prejudices were unfounded.
Songs were pretty creepy and rapey
I have complex feelings on this album. Some songs I hated, like Pencil Skirt (kinda misogynistic/not respecting consent, am I right?) or found depressing, like Live Bed Show (maybe that’s the vibe they were going for with that one?) but other songs I liked. Those include Mis-Shapes, Common People, and Disco 2000. A complicated 2.5
Common People is a jam... Nothing wrong with this album. Just okay-ish.
I was unfortunately not impressed with this album. I had never heard of Pulp before, and I was surprised that this came out in the mid-1990's as this album cover as it gives off early 70's vibes. The music itself also did not end up feeling like it came from the 90's as it felt more geared towards the 1980's brit-pop scene. I'm not a big fan of this genre in general, but I do think something great will come along that might change my feelings towards it. As far as 'Different Class' goes, I don't feel that this record did anything new or exciting that would make it stand out especially in the year that it came out. The singer gave me strong Bowie vibes with a bit of Robert Smith as well. It was never bad and felt like it fit the music well, but I didn't get much out of it. If anything, I noticed that the vocals were mixed in a way that allowed some poor/generic lyrics to shine (this was especially apparent on 'Something Changed' and the closer, 'Bar Italia'). The only tracks I can say that I enjoyed were the opener and 'Monday Morning', but the project as a whole just came across as sort of lame. I attribute this more towards my feelings to this type of music as a whole, but this album did no favors to it. 2/5. NOTE: I just noticed that a lot of my lower ranked albums are from the early 1990's which I find very strange as a lot of my favorite albums/artists came from this time period. I'm not sure when this list was created initially, but I wonder if some of these albums were included on the very first iteration when they might have been considered more revolutionary/groundbreaking at that moment in time. A few of these albums, including this one, just feel outdated at this point.
90’er britpop, blanding af new wave, pop, rock
Anstrengend. Ich mag das nicht. Musste nach dem 4. Song ausmachen.
1/5 I don't think its their best work. I was physically in pain.
Dude is sexually deprived. Thinks he is high and mighty and that every girl will fall for him. Also a pervert..
ahahah this band sucks
I guess the only thing worse than American pop is British pop?
It's safe to say I didn't enjoy this album. Apart from the song Common People. 1/5 stars.
achei horroroso n consegui terminar
wank britpop innit fam
This shit is pretty creepy. Not a fan of the lyrics or the whisper-singing. Not too creative and not a good vibe.
I don't hate the music the whole time, but I really HATE the lyrics. Every song is about revenge or sex or sex for revenge. And then there is the rape fantasy. "Oh I really love it when you tell me to stop, Oh it's turning me on." All the lyrics do for me is turn me off.
Orecchiabile ma terribilmente svenevole. Il cantante è innamorato della propria voce e di se stesso.
Es un britpop muy light, musicalmente no aporta mucho, supongo que la venta ja esta en las letras....
Never realized how much I hated Pulp until I listened to this all the way through piece of trash overly hyped record.
Creepy. Should be playing in the background of a porn video.
I gave it a try, listened to the album, but overall never felt that connected with it or engaged. It's not at all bad in any way, and they are excellent musicians, but as a matter of personal taste, I don't like the overall sound or style of this album.
while this album had a few good selections near the tail end, the beginning was tragic to say the least and made it hard to even think about finishing it. between the horrendous vocal performance, where they were pitchy more than they were on top of the notes, and the random points where they would just talk in a mildly sensual way for no apparent reason, it wasn’t a great showing either lyrically or vocally for the band. it seemed to stay topically focused on sex or sexual themes, only deviating a few times. the good selections mentioned above were bar italia, a song that was sonically pleasing, even if the lyrics were repetitive and one dimensional, a story about wanting to go to a bar, where other broken people stay. the other good song was Common People, although i mightve only liked it because of its refreshing theme of wanting to be like “Common People” opposed to wanting to live like a rockstar. It also had a very catchy melody, one vaguely similar to the vocals of “kids in the USA”. if you like pitchy brit pop, you might like this.. this was certainly not for me though…
Just can't get into this
Nice gentle Beatles album. Not too pop.
did not like it