Different Class

Different Class

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by Pulp
     
 

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Jarvis Cocker and a revolving lineup of Pulp members had been making indie-rock records for ten years before finally getting it right with the humorous ode to lost virginity, 1994's "Do You Remember the First Time?" Suitably encouraged, Cocker went on to write "Common People," a song about rich students who go slumming that had everything a class anthem should -- pain… See more details below

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Jarvis Cocker and a revolving lineup of Pulp members had been making indie-rock records for ten years before finally getting it right with the humorous ode to lost virginity, 1994's "Do You Remember the First Time?" Suitably encouraged, Cocker went on to write "Common People," a song about rich students who go slumming that had everything a class anthem should -- pain, passion, poetry, wit, and energy. An instant classic, "Common People" formed the backbone to the band's subsequent album, Different Class, which further details the minutiae of British working-class life circa 1995. "Sorted for E's and Wizz" is a cynical but touching observation of rave culture, "Disco 2000" a reflection between childhood friends on their past and future, and "Mis-Shapes" nothing less than a call for revolution. Still, on the rest of the album, Cocker's subjects spend most of their time in doomed relationships, as on "Pencil Skirt," "Underwear," and "Live Bed Show." Musically, the six-piece group veers between '70s glam and British music hall while constantly threatening to break into stadium rock. Though the lyrics sailed over the heads of most Americans (who preferred the follow-up, This Is Hardcore), Different Class is one of the great musical social commentaries of our time.

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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:
02/27/1996
Label:
Island
UPC:
0731452416520
catalogNumber:
524165
Rank:
59335

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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
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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