on 1 December 2007
I remember seeing the video to Babies on The chart Show in 92 and thinking thank god, this is it! A band that are singing about me growing up. It seemed like years since the days of baggy and the demise of the great hope World Of Twist but this seemed to progress from all of that, being both retro and freshly new wave too. I rushed out and scoured the shops for somewhere that had the single and never looked back. This is a great compilation for those that don't own these excellent singles and a great evocation of this era of Pulp in transition. Separations is nice to hark back too also, as it has a good deal of what was to come, albeit in a more basic/acid house tinged form. This era was the beginning of the disco conquering kings (and a queen) of "britpop" and led into their (for me) defining album "His and Hers". Glorious
on 9 October 2000
The main attraction of "Intro" is obviously the three A-sides included - the legendary "Babies", the superb "Razzmatazz" and "OU" - all of which you'll want to hear over and over again.
The B-sides are interesting, sometimes complex songs, but none of them live up to the promise of the three A-sides. "Sheffield Sex City", for all its high drama, simply drags on to long (as does "Space") and although "Styloroc" features some glorious 80s-style keyboards, the spoken word verses tend to drag the whole affair down.
"Inside Susan" works well, but again, the spoken word verses in the section drag on, even if "59 Lyndhurst Grove", the final section, makes up for this.
Overall, there are some well-arranged, well-executed, superbly executed tracks on here, spoiled only by a lack of any real tune in places.
Pulp fans will be wary of compilations, after all the repackaged rubbish that has been released by Fire Records over the years. However, Pulp completists will not be disappointed by this superb compilation. Casual fans should also enjoy it, but "Different Class" or "His'N'Hers" should possibly be higher up the wish list.