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Different Class [CD]

Pulp Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000001E8P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mis-Shapes
2. Pencil Skirt
3. Common People
4. I Spy - Pulp, Anne Dudley, Orchestra
5. Disco 2000
6. Live Bed Show
7. Something Changed
8. Sorted For E's & Wizz
9. F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E. - Pulp, Anne Dudley, Orchestra
10. Underwear
11. Monday Morning
12. Bar Italia

Product Description


It became increasingly apparent during 1995 that the answer to the question "Blur or Oasis?" was, in fact, "Pulp". Different Class was the sound of a band so on "it" that they defined "it". Thirty years of fury, frustration, sexual longing, class angst and observations about girls' skirts was rammed into the grand Brechtian/Brel-like drama of "Live Bed Show", "I Spy" and, of course, "Common People"; and sure enough it has the impact of crashing head-on into someone's entire sordid, suppressed secret life. When Jarvis hisses "I can't help it / I was dragged up / Grass is something you smoke/ Birds are something you shag / Take your 'Year In Provence' and shove it up your ass," it sounds like mustard gas escaping over the trenches in the class war. And he wins. If music had a class system, this would be our ruler. --Caitlin Moran

Product Description

PULP Different Class (Scarce 1995 UK limited edition 12-track CD album including the classic singles Common People Mis-Shapes Sorted for Es & Wizz Disco 2000 and Something Changed housed in a stickered jewel case with a fold-outdie-cut sleeve insert complete with 12 Different Artwork Inserts! CID-8041)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squalid, Seedy, Desperate.... Superb. 21 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
For those not gullible or stupid enough to buy into the whole media-led Battle of Blur/Oasis nonsense of 1995/96, there were other bands to listen to. This was my first year at university, and it seemed that every corridor in every Hall of Residence resonated to the sound of either (What's The Story) Morning Glory or Different Class. As great and enjoyable as the former was, despite being proclaimed by many as a genius, at the end of the day Noel Gallagher's lyrics were incoherent gibberish. If you're a lyrics person who likes to get lost in the vivid world to which the words and music take you, then Pulp were the obvious popular alternative.
And it really couldn't get more vivid than the world to which Jarvis Cocker took us. Cynical and disillusioned, squalid and depraved, funny and sad, joyful and desperate ' if you could step inside the album you would most likely find yourself leaning against a urine-soaked wall on a rainy street corner on a run-down Sheffield housing estate, watching its impoverished inhabitants eke out their dead-end existence with no hope or escape, only drink, drugs, seedy casual sex and mindless violence providing any distraction from the bleakness of it all.
Depressing as this vision is, Different Class is by no means a depressing listen. Whilst it has its moments of desperate, lonely sadness (Live Bed Show), pathetic, forlorn longing (Disco 2000, Underwear) and sordid depravity (Pencil Skirt, I Spy), there are also uplifting moments of defiance and righteous anger, all of which is wonderfully underscored by Cocker's spiky wit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece. 21 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't listened to this album in about 8 years and revisited it recently. I couldn't believe I had left it so long - almost every track is truly brilliant, from tales of drugged-out nights in a field, the inevitable come-downs, being 'common'!Marvellous.

Every song on this disc is totally memorable (bringing back wild and happy memories from the summer I turned 18). It seems to have everything from mildly comedic ramblings in Sorted for E's and Whizz, true sentiment in Something Changed to the faintly sinister I Spy. All delivered in Cocker's instantly recognisable broad Sheffield accent (Eat your heart out, Arctic Monkeys).

This album definitely has to be one of the finest to come out of the nineties. Nuff Said!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Class 15 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Finding this CD recently tucked away at the back of my cupboard is a crime I probably deserve suitable punishment for, but after dusting it off and slamming it in the CD player it's been nearly played to death over the past month or so.
12 pumping tracks, each with their own relevance and meaning, whether it's the angry rallying cry of being different in the stomping opening of "mis-fits" or the sex fuelled desire of the next track "pencil skirt". Jarvis Cocker's subject matter ranges from the everyday lives of the back street working classes to the mind numbing ignorance of the rave scene.
The two "hits" from the album "Disco 2000" and "Common People" shouldn't be overlooked as easy "made for radio" singles either. The fierce fury in the tone of "Common People" is plain for all to see; railing against the meaningless lives played out by the working class it is still an awfully powerful song and no less relevant today as it was back in the mid-90's.
Several other reviewers here have recalled the music scene at the time of the release of this album, and the media led band war between Oasis and Blur. What could be said is that this album has stood the test of time far better than the more throw away pop of Blur or the macho posturing of Oasis and still come out with a great level of pertinence and integrity. Anyone looking to expand their record collections with some memories of the Britpop era could do no better than to start with this gem of an album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By 12345!
Finally someone has pressed this album on plastic to stop these ridiculous hyper-inflated prices of the 2nd hand market. The original pressing is swapping hands consistently for between £50 & £90. Please saturate the market, and most importantly let us hear this music on the best format available......................LP

Thanks. Copy on way & needle poised!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 7 Sep 2005
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this album when it originally came out but dug it out recently after seeing Pulp's barnstorming performance in the 90's at glastonbury. This CD is simply sublime, I just can't believe that I haven't listened to it much over the last few years.
The most incredible thing about this CD is how fresh it sounds today. Standout tracks for me are misfits, sorted and disco 2000. However, common people is in a league of its own. I suspect Pulp could never write another song like this if they lived to be a hundred.
What makes this CD even more incredible for me now are the memories that come flying back from 10 years ago. Do yourself a favour and buy this CD or if you've already got it listen to it again, you wont be disappointed I promise.
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Great album, a classic from the period and still stands up well today.
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super duper iconic album
Published 2 months ago by valerie harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pulp
I bought this CD to replace my audio cassette tape as I absolutely love this album it is by far the best album Pulp ever made,the songs are so real and full of the truth,definitely... Read more
Published 3 months ago by cazmac65
4.0 out of 5 stars different class
Jarvis Cocker brilliant alternative biting, sarcastic, romantic, social lyricism elevated this record into errr.... well a different class of britpop! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album
An excellent album, with some of the finest lyrics from the Brit pop era. I'd really missed this from my music collection when I lost my tape (yes, I'm that old) and glad I bought... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Becka
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
The essential Pulp album, and right up there with Blur's Parklife as Britpop's finest moments. Virtually every song is great and there are a few moments of utter genius. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ben Ablewhite
5.0 out of 5 stars Different Class indeed
At last, Jarvis Cocker hit the heights with this marvellous collection of witty and acerbic observations on life, often inspired by his experiences in suburban Sheffield. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Prog Rob
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