This Is Hardcore [Germany]

This Is Hardcore [Germany]

by Pulp


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Oh, the terror of one's mid-30s. Jarvis Cocker knows he's not a pup anymore, but (thank God) he's not middle-aged yet either. This quandary defines much of Pulp's 1998 recording, This Is Hardcore. Cocker strains to maintain his youthful insolence, declaring "I'm not Jesus, though I've got the same initials," then in the same song, "Dishes," sings -- whines, really -- of having to clean up the kitchen (feminism begins at home). But Cocker's tantrums are secondary to the high-gloss glam that brightens the recording's best songs, such as the title track, which echoes Eno-era Roxy Music and early Mott the Hoople. Elsewhere, "Glory Days" sounds like a Brit-pop update of "Suspicious Minds" and, in a wry twist, "Help the Aged," churns to a disco-ized beat. The back of the CD jacket says "It's okay to grow up, just as long as you don't grow old. Face it…you are still young." Cocker's struggle is far from over, but Pulp still has a lot of fight left in them.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/1998
Label: Island Uk
UPC: 0731452448620
catalogNumber: 5244862
Rank: 67075

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pulp   Primary Artist
Anne Dudley   Piano
Mandy Bell   Background Vocals
Carol Kenyon   Background Vocals
Jackie Rawe   Background Vocals
Chris Thomas   Piano
Philene   Guest Appearance
Angelique   Guest Appearance
Beverly   Guest Appearance
Ksenia   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Pulp   String Arrangements
Anne Dudley   String Arrangements
Nicholas Dodd   Orchestration
Nick Banks   Composer
Jarvis Cocker   Composer,Lyricist
Candida Doyle   Composer
Olle Romo   Programming
Matthew Vaughan   Programming
Antony Genn   Composer
Mark Haley   Programming
Mark Webber   Composer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Peter Saville   Director
Pete Lewis   Engineer
Magnus Fiennes   Programming
John Currin   Director
Mackey   Composer
Sascha Behrendt   Casting

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