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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

My First Love

I started listening to this at a very early age and have never quite gotten over it. My friend said that it sounded like a velvet ujnderground rip off, but he's an idiot. Pulp is a class unto itself and deserves the highest praise for awsomenicity. Listen to William Shatner's cover of Common People, its amazin.

Essential BritPop

Pulp may not be as popular in the US as Blur and Supergrass - Especially not Oasis - but Different Class is a must have masterpiece and arguably the best BritPop album ever released. Take it from someone who spent the latter half of High School and the first half of College utterly obsessed with 90's British Music - this album (along with Parklife) are the two BritPop albums you should own - even if you are only casually interested in Britpop. It is the "The Aeroplane Over The Sea" of Britpop - it both defines and transcends the genre. And the person who said it is a Velvet Underground ripoff should stop listening to music.

A Must Have Classic of 90's Brit Pop

Pulp, who had been knocking around for many years before this, and had released some great tracks, hit their creative and popularity high with "Different Class". "Disco 2000" was the some played at every Millenium Party in Britain; "Common People" is one of the best pop songs of the era. The rest of album contains very little filler. If you've never listened to Pulp before, then quite simply you must buy this album. If you do like it, buy "His and Hers", the album which preceded this one.


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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