12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 18 years of waiting, Pulp were finally in the right place at the right time when they released Different Class. The motorik-disco class fable “Common People” is probably the greatest U.K. No. 2 single since “Strawberry Fields Forever." And yet the album fulfilled all the promise of that hit—a consistently strong LP where losers are draped in victory flags (“Mis-Shapes,” “Disco 2000”) and Jarvis Cocker’s lyrics pull back the yellowing curtains of suburban Britain.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 18 years of waiting, Pulp were finally in the right place at the right time when they released Different Class. The motorik-disco class fable “Common People” is probably the greatest U.K. No. 2 single since “Strawberry Fields Forever." And yet the album fulfilled all the promise of that hit—a consistently strong LP where losers are draped in victory flags (“Mis-Shapes,” “Disco 2000”) and Jarvis Cocker’s lyrics pull back the yellowing curtains of suburban Britain.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
79 Ratings
79 Ratings
Mary Black ,

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.

Picus9 ,

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.

Dr LHA ,

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.

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