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Veteran indie rockers Pulp rode the Britpop wave to massive homeland success on 1995's Different Class, an album that indeed went beyond category. Surrounded by a sound at once stately and utterly ripping, frontman Jarvis Cocker took his obsessions (social structure and the individual, basically) to the heights. On a disc where no song dipped below the damn-good mark, "Common People" was the standout. Like a "Born to Run" for people from Sheffield, the track kept winding itself up ever higher without breaking apart, as Cocker unloaded wit and venom on a target unchanged since her early appearances in mid-'60s Dylan rockers. His vocals packed with self-knowing asides throughout, he made Different Class into the full-out rocker that Leonard Cohen never attempted.

Customer Reviews

The Big Quesion in 1995

...was "Blur or Oasis?" The correct answer? Pulp. Different Class is a far stronger effort than (What's The Story) Morning Glory? and The Great Escape, and Common People is by far the best single. A glorious reminder that not everything Britpop had to offer was stale crap -- Long live Pulp, Suede, Supergrass, Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Manic Street Preachers, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and The La's!!

Finest Album of the 1990s

Different Class is one of those rare albums that clicks on the very first listen - and ages supremely well. Cocker's wonderfully observed lyrics race through glorious synth scenery - which itself provides some extremely hummable tunes - see Something Changed, Underwear and Sorted For E's And Whizz. It would be rude of course to ignore the majestic Common People - please, if you don't own it already, spare 79p on one of the greatest songs ever crafted.

Different class in a class of it's own

As everyone else has said, Common people is worth the money alone, it hasn't dated one bit, with Oasis oldies knocking about a bit at the moment, you can see how much better Pulp were for a short while. I spy is awsome and should have been a James Bond theme, Something changed is so clever lyrically that you cant help playing it again and again, Disco 2000 and Mis-shapes you will recognise when you hear them even if you can't place them right now. Sorted for E's and Wizz is my least favorite, but thats only because the rest are so good!! Enjoy!!


Formed: 1978 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Most bands hit the big time immediately and fade away, or they build a dedicated following and slowly climb their way to the top. Pulp didn't follow either route. For the first 12 years of their existence, Pulp languished in near total obscurity, releasing a handful of albums and singles in the '80s to barely any attention. At the turn of the decade, the group began to gain an audience, sparking a remarkable turn of events that made the band one of the most popular British groups of the '90s. By...
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