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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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on 11 May 2016
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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on 15 August 2016
All of Pulp's hits - couldn't really be anything other than 5 star really. Nice at high volume for a trip down memory lane!
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on 9 February 2016
Love this CD. So much meaning behind each track, favourites being Disco 2000 and Common People!! Well worth buying!!
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on 20 June 2017
Great
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on 16 November 2017
great songs
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 May 2014
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, released after ten years on the Island record label, 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 all around musical 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. The booklet for this official package contains lyrics to every song, full page colour photographs of the faces of each band member, and a detailed history, written by Harland Miller.
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VINE VOICEon 27 November 2002
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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on 6 March 2006
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. It took the fourth release from the album, the glam-tastic Bowie-esuqe Party Hard for the band to release an obvious single. Prior to that we had a poignant song written from the viewpoint of Jarvis’ estranged father with whom he’d recently been reunited, an excellent song about helping the aged and the slightly tedious title track about watching porn. Mostly good worthy stuff though not the hook-laden chart-friendly songs the band’s more mainstream fans and Island were looking for…
After a long break, Pulp returned in late 2001 with their final album We Love Life. A more optimistic LP with several song using metaphors from the joys of nature, it includes the brilliant Sunrise. Released as a double A-side single with Trees, Sunrise has an extended, uplifting coda – thrilling semi-psychedelia and possibly the best section of music the band have ever produced. It’s also free of the kitsch, bleeping synths so beloved of the band as is the final, previously unreleased track on Hits, Last Day Of The Miners' Strike.
With a harder rockier sound, Miners’ Strike shows that Pulp had plenty more mileage left in them. Taking an extended break after refusing a much-reduced new contract from Island, it now looks unlikely that they will take the stage as a unit again though individual collaborations will continue. A great shame though Hits is an excellent worthy epitaph to their legacy.
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on 28 December 2003
"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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on 28 September 2003
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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