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Different Class

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Mis-Shapes
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Pencil Skirt
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Common People
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I Spy
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Disco 2000
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Live Bed Show
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Something Changed
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Sorted For E's & Wizz
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F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.
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Underwear
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Monday Morning
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Bar Italia
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04.04.11
Elevating Pulp to a different class of their own
1996 | Label: ISLAND RECORDS

1995′s Different Class was one of the peaks of the Britpop era and the high point of Pulp’s career, and its secret ingredient was right there in its title: What Jarvis Cocker added to his already fearsome critique of his ‘n’ hers desire was a laceratingly smart awareness of how class affects the equation. That comes out most of all in its masterpiece “Common People,” in which a rich girl tries to pick him up… read more »

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rcaccappolo

I lived in the UK when this album exploded (I am pretty sure it was 1995 and then re-released as a deluxe album in 1996). Coming out of their performance at Glastonbury (where they filled in for the Stone Roses in a time slot at night that they otherwise would never have been given), it was so huge with 4 or 5 big singles. It reminds me of that moment in time and though it sounded dated at the time of the release, it still hols up for me 16 years later

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handful of must-haves

betterthanyours

There are a handful of stand-out songs on this record, but "Common People" is an anthem on par with The Clash's London Calling. A lifetime achievement for the songwriters. "Something Changed" conveys a strange combination of bitterness and pity (signature Jarvis Cocker, see: "Sylvia" on This Is Hardcore for more of that.) Jarvis' vocals are buttery enough on "Something Changed" to justify the discomfort of the narrative in that song. All of Pulp is worth listening to. This record is a bit dark and pop-production takes out some of the Jam-esque, punk edge I love them for, but still worthwhile.

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After years of obscurity, Pulp shot to stardom in Britain with 1994′s His ‘n’ Hers. By the time Different Class was released at the end of October 1995, the band, particularly lead singer Jarvis Cocker, were genuine British superstars, with two number two singles and a triumphant last-minute performance at Glastonbury under their belts, as well as one tabloid scandal. On the heels of such excitement, anticipation for Different Class ran high, and not only does it deliver, it blows away all their previous albums, including the fine His ‘n’ Hers. Pulp don’t stray from their signature formula at all — it’s still grandly theatrical, synth-spiked pop with new wave and disco flourishes, but they have mastered it here. Not only are the melodies and hooks significantly catchier and more immediate, the music explores more territory. From the faux-show tune romp of the anthemic opener “Mis-Shapes” and the glitzy, gaudy stomp of “Disco 2000″ (complete with a nicked riff from Laura Branigan’s “Gloria”) to the aching ballad “Underwear” and the startling sexual menace of “I Spy,” Pulp construct a diverse, appealing album around the same basic sound. Similarly, Jarvis Cocker’s lyrics take two themes, sex and social class, and explore a number of different avenues in bitingly clever ways. As well as perfectly capturing the behavior of his characters, Cocker grasps the nuances of language, creating a dense portrait of suburban and working-class life. All of his sex songs are compassionate, while the subtle satire of “Sorted for E’s & Wizz” is affectionate, but the best moment on the album is the hit single “Common People,” about a rich girl who gets off by slumming with the lower class. Coming from Cocker, who made secondhand clothes and music glamorous, the song is undeniably affecting and exciting, much like Different Class itself. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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