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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00007A3GE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 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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Ooh la la. I adore Pulp. Lyrically and musically this band are masters of intelligent, approachable songs that resonate on both intellectual and heartwarming levels. The affable stick insect that is Jarvis Cocker commands attention from both ear and eye. This vade mecum collection is a brilliant starting point for those who would not have been aware of the band because they were born too late. Anyone out there in that category who wants to swap date of birth puhleese put this nearly 70 years old at the front of the queue!
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I'm sat writing this late at night as I happen to have stumbled across this item. which I own, on an evening trawl of the web. It isn't the shiraz which has implored me to write this, rather the lack of superlatives in the other reviews. Pulp were, and remain to be, one of the seminal British Bands of the 1990s and early noughties. This album is a key purchase for anyone who wishes to dabble in the phoenomenon that was Britpop. Pulp preceeded, endured and overcame the aforementioned through the unique nature of their material. The fact that I can sit here and lament all of the tracks that are not included simply sums up the depth of their back catalogue. Buy this album and enjoy it. If you do, you will...
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In many ways the fate of PULP is rather tragic. They struggled for far more than a decade before they finally had their well-deserved breakthrough with 1995's 'Different Class'. After which they made the descision to turn artistic rather than mainstream - bad for record sales, good for the fans. As expected, as the music grew progressively better and more deep, the sales-number's dropped critically. This collection could be the opportunity for the band to show that they never lost the nerve, even if their later releases didn't spawn any great smash-hits like 'Common People' and 'Disco 2000' from before-mentioned breakthrough album.
The reason for this is that the album includes strictly only the songs picked for A-side releases - and while none of these songs are bad, I still think the person who was responsible for picking the songs for single-release from their latest album 'We Love Life' must have been hit - hard - in the head, with the result of critical loss of good sense, before making that selection. A pitty, because I still believe that album could have done so much better than it did.
The songs on this compilation are arranged in chronoligical order, and covers the albums 'His'n'Hers', 'Different Class', 'This Is Hardcore' and 'We Love Life' - all released on the Island label. The bands earlier career is well documentet in several other compilation, most common is the somewhat uneven "Countdown" double-CD. In my oppinion, any affectionate of the bands later music should try to get a hand on their last pre-Island album 'Seperations', that is imo. fully as good as any as their Island records, in its own peculiar way - and considerably better than 'His'n'Hers'. However, let me give a brief run-through of the songs on this CD.
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