Review #162: Different Class, Pulp

Karla Clifton
2 min readAug 24, 2021

#162: Different Class, Pulp

I’ve heard of Pulp before, but only because of my selective BritPop phase. For about one year, I only listened to these three bands: Blur, Oasis, and Manic Street Preachers. Whenever I read about these bands, Pulp shows up as an aside. They’re like the cool BritPop bands’ less cool friend.

Because I love those bands so much, I wanted to be excited about Pulp so bad. I wanted to hear them and think, Wow. Another band for me to fall into a deep rabbit hole with.

Instead, I just thought, Huh.

I think Pulp is probably very good and that their frontman, Jarvis Cocker, is probably very smart. But the only song I really loved was “Common People,” and the rest of them just annoyed me.

That’s why I wasn’t so surprised to see that Pulp had to release four whole albums before anyone started caring about them. Aw, poor Pulp.


“Mis-Shapes” — I kind of liked their opener. Nothing much to shout about, though.

“Pencil Skirt” — They are so British it hurts.

“Common People” — I loved this one — it’s about a rich girl that Jarvis Cocker met at a bar who he basically thought was kind of a slum tourist.

“I Spy” — This should be playing at a vampire disco.

“Underwear” If fashion is your trade/Then when you’re naked/I guess you must be unemployed. Okay, fine, that’s a really great line.

“Monday Morning” — This song was actually kind of cheerful, I liked it.

“Bar Italia” If we get through this alive/I’ll meet you next week/Same place, same time.


“Live Bed Show” — This was the song that made me put my finger on why I don’t like Pulp: They sound too much like the Smiths! Jarvis Cocker is just a slightly more fun Morrissey. Slightly.

“F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.” — I can’t believe I just had to type that stupid thing out. I hate spoken word poetry.


You know what? I’m tired of being magnanimous. I don’t like pulp in my orange juice, and I don’t like Pulp in my BritPop. To rectify this wrong, I nominate Blur’s self-titled album, which has “Song 2” on it (WHOO-HOO!).

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