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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00007A3GE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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Pulp - Hits - Cd

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If any band is more deserving than Pulp of a Hits package, let them step forward now. Pulp have suffered the twin misfortunes of having an enormous, era-defining pop hit on their hands (1995's "Common People") and a uniquely gangly, instantly recognisable frontman who is better known than his songs. Pulp's years spent skulking rather happily in indie-land produced some fine (and not so fine) songs. Pulp care--about their music at least.

It's also refreshing to have a hits compilation put together with some love (instead of the Manics ill-assembled Forever Delayed and U2's jumbled Best of 1990-2000). Here, instead of "Mis-shapes", we have "Sorted for E's and Whizz" as well as "Underwear". The latter was always planned as a double A-side, but was dwarfed by the enormity of twin "Common People."

It's easy to forget just how brilliant Pulp are sometimes. With some nay-sayers questioning the future of the band, it is a satisfying experience indeed to bask in the shimmering beauty of "Last Day of the Miners' Strike", a slow burner of a quality, maturity and beauty that would make even the harshest critic usher the band into the nearest recording studio as soon as possible. With a dignity that most of his contemporaries--even the Manics--could never muster, Jarvis sings lines such as "Some joker with a headband is getting chicks for free" and name-checks kids spitting on the town hall and frightening old ladies. "The future's ours for the taking now, if we just stick together." Let's hope for the future of interesting, diverse guitar pop that they do. --Ben Johncock

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In most musical scenes, there’s an act who have been around for a while but still manage to become a major part of the movement. For the Baggy scene at the turn of the 90s it was James and for Britpop it was Pulp. After 10 years of Peel sessions and independently released records, the band signed to Island with a new sense of purposes. Within a couple of years they were one of the biggest and best bands in country. Frontman Jarvis Cocker finally achieved the fame he had sought for all those year though it ultimately proved to be a big disappointment…
This compilation chronologically collects together all the singles the band released for Island with the exception of Mis-shapes which some band members now detest for reasons best known to themselves. It starts with the catchy, sexually seedy singles from the His’n’Hers LP before continuing with the epic Common People. One of the defining songs of the 90s, Common People’s true story of a rich girl trendily pretending to be poor is not dissimilar to Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone with both songs having a similar historical resonance within the context of their decades.
Following on from Common People are the other singles from Pulp’s biggest album Different Class including the beautiful Something Changed, a rare purely romantic moment amidst the sex, spite and politics elsewhere. All seemed to be going swimmingly well for the band on the surface though Jarvis found the fame he had sought for so long to be a major disappointment.
Pulp finally re-emerged a couple of years later with This Is Hardcore, the ultimate anti-Britpop LP. Resolutely uncommercial for such a major act, it now stands as a leading artistic statement.
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This album charts the rise and supposed fall of Britain's greatest band in the 1990s. Babies, Razzmatazz (the greatest single ever), LipGloss & DYRTFT? kick in with Pulp's main obsession, sex. This is how it really is. Exciting, dirty and a little tragic! Never quite what you hoped it would be. These songs all start off low key before rising to a crescendo and coming back down. Then onto class wars with Common People, raves with Sorted, and young love in Disco 2000 & Something Changed. By now, Pulp were stars, and it was time to return to the sex again. Geriatrics, porn, and absent fathers take you through Hardcore Pulp. And then it was back to nature with The Trees and Sunrise. An album so good, you won't want to listen to anything else until next Christmas!
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"I took her to a supermarket, I don't know why but I had to start it somewhere. So it started, there."
Oh, memories of 1995. Jarvis Cocker may be quite strange, but his songwriting skills are rivalled only by few. This is a colection of Pulp's hits over the years, featuring their most well known songs 'Common People', 'Sorted For E's and Wizz' and 'Disco 2000'. There is a quality in these songs which makes me wonder why we are buying the total tripe that is out today. Crank up the stereo on track no. 5. An essential purchase
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Despite the fact that Pulp, fronted by the talented vocalist and Britpop figure head Jarvis Cocker (who also happens to have a very strong Sheffield accent that I find very appealing) had been around from 1979, this skillfully selected 2002 compilation focuses on their signature hits from the early-90s and onward, when the band started to become really popular.

The songs are usefully compiled chronologically, beginning with the 1992 single 'Babies', and ending with a brand new song 'Last Day of the Miners' Strike', completing ten great years as chart artists.

Their signature album, and masterpiece 'Different Class' is represented the most with five tracks, including their most popular song 'Common People', one of the most defining tunes of the '90s. After this, I would strongly advise you to buy that album.

'Hits' has all the commercially successful essentials that you need in a Pulp collection, gathered together in neat little package. The band were one of the pioneers of the Britpop genre, and their music remains as creative, exciting and as lyrically seedy and fascinating as it ever was. If you love bands like Oasis, Cast and Blur, make sure you slip this CD next to them.
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pulp's greatest hits is really good!" The difficulty Jarvis and co have is the enormity of 'common people' and 'disco 2000' but this album reminds the ears how strong some of their other hits are.
Id liken Jarvis to be the first songwriter to have the wit and tell it as it is of Morrissey and this is proved time and time again through the album; 'sorted for e's and whizz' ("i seemed to have an important part of my brain, somewhere in a field in hampshire, alright!"), 'do you remember the first time'("i know your gonna let him bore your pants off again").
the strongest tracks are definately those lifted from the 'different class' period of their career but its difficult to neglect tracks as good as 'help the aged', 'babies' and 'this is hardcore'.
As far as britpop goes, pulp were a very important band. This hits collection reflects that. Shame 'mis-shapes' is ommitted but there is enough tracks to showcase what Pulp were about.
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