Different Class

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/1996
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452416520
  • Catalog Number: 524165
  • Sales rank: 68,169

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mis-Shapes (3:46)
  2. 2 Pencil Skirt (3:11)
  3. 3 Common People (5:50)
  4. 4 I Spy (5:55)
  5. 5 Disco 2000 (4:33)
  6. 6 Live Bed Show (3:29)
  7. 7 Something Changed (3:18)
  8. 8 Sorted for E's & Wizz (3:47)
  9. 9 F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E (6:01)
  10. 10 Underwear (4:06)
  11. 11 Monday Morning (4:16)
  12. 12 Bar Italia (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pulp Primary Artist
Anne Dudley Conductor
Nick Banks Percussion, Drums
Jarvis Cocker Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron
Candida Doyle Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer, farfisa organ, fender rhodes
Russell Senior Guitar, Violin
Mark Webber Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Thomas Guitar, Keyboards
Steve Mackey Bass
Technical Credits
Chris Thomas Producer
Anne Dudley Arranger
Nick Banks Composer
Jarvis Cocker Composer
Candida Doyle Composer, Contributor
David Nicholas Engineer
Olle Romo Programming
Matthew Vaughan Programming
Gavyn Wright Contributor
Antony Genn Contributor
Mark Haley Programming
Mark Webber Composer
Chris Thomas Producer
Steve Mackey Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First-Class Glam

    It is the rare modern pop act that can withstand 16 years of commercial obscurity and survive, let alone triumph. But that¿s exactly what the Brit-based glam-rock outfit Pulp has managed to do, releasing three of the `90s most irresistibly subversive song cycles ¿ 1994¿s His `N¿ Hers, 1998¿s This is Hardcore, and the middle-sister pick-of-the-litter, 1995¿s Different Class. For better than two decades, whippet-thin singer/lyricist Jarvis Cocker has served as the band¿s jigging jester bedrock. A dandy deviate with a lurid libido, he is the Benny Hill of pop performers ¿ the sort whose outlandish, unzipped-knickers shenanigans ultimately prove charmingly harmless. On Different Class, Cocker dips into his patented bag of thematic tricks ¿ voyeurism, fetishism, illicit trysts ¿ and, sporting a vocal delivery alternately deadpan and camp theatrical, essays a range of naughty narrators ¿ whether they¿re shouting from the mountains the importance of non-conformity (¿Mis-Shapes¿) or just sitting listlessly in the dark, emitting sordid smoke rings (the unsettlingly sinister ¿I Spy¿ and ¿F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E¿). The gorgeous, irony-free ¿Something Changed¿ features a soaring synthesizer line; ¿Disco 2000¿ appropriates its riff from the Laura Branigan ¿classic¿ ¿Gloria¿; and the record¿s sterling centerpiece ¿ the relentlessly catchy ¿Common People¿ ¿ makes delicious mincemeat of a shallow-souled West End girl slumming her way through an East End summer. Yes, it may have taken Pulp 16 long, lean years to begin to hit it big ¿ and, no, their sound may not be the most original under the sun (like the London Suede, they owe much to Bowie) ¿ but when the end result proves as refreshingly decadent as Different Class, the years can all the more easily be absolved for having been well worth the wait, and the artistic cribbing can much more accurately be classified ¿inspired assimilation¿ than ¿petty theft.¿ Party on, Mr. Cocker. Party hard.

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