->''"Please understand. We don't want no trouble. We just want the right to be different. That's all."''
-->-- Liner notes for "Different Class"

Pulp are an AlternativeRock band which originally formed in [[OopNorth Sheffield]] in 1978 as Arabicus Pulp - name mercifully shortened a year later - during lead singer Music/{{Jarvis Cocker}}'s school days. For all the band's longevity, they remained relatively under the radar during the first phase of their career. A tough young bunch that had been likened to Music/TheFall, they remained largely unnoticed, though many reviewers as well as DJ John Peel were known to enjoy their music.

After Jarvis had an accident that resulted in multiple broken bones and several months in hospital, he decided to start writing lyrics that more accurately documented ordinary lives. As more members were added and time ticked by, the band crept closer to the sound that would finally bring them fame and popularity. With the addition of Russell Senior and Candida Doyle, Pulp took a turn for the darker; recording ''[[PostPunk Freaks]]'', their 1987 release. In 1988 Jarvis went away to London to study at St Martins college where he would catch the eye of Steve Mackey, who would become the band's bassist as they perfected their new "Eurodisco" sound. By the time Steve and Jarvis finished college, the band's lineup had stabilised, with Nick Banks having joined as drummer and Mark Webber playing with Pulp onstage. Their music gained favour as they came into their own stylistically with 1994's ''His 'n' Hers'' just as the eighties-contrived term {{Britpop}} entered popular culture.

Then in 1995, after the greatly successful releases of the single 'Common People' and album ''Different Class'', as well as a performance at the Glastonbury festival, Pulp achieved full penetration. Though they never quite eclipsed the ever-feuding Music/{{Blur}} and Music/{{Oasis}} in commercial popularity, they received heaps of critical adoration, most of it focusing on Jarvis' wry and witty lyrics. However, the morning after was not nearly so enjoyable for Jarvis. The backlash from his stage invasion during Music/MichaelJackson's performance at the 1996 Brit Awards resulted in a night in jail and [[NeverLiveitDown much attention of the wrong kind.]] [[note]] Though when you actually [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgG-XJgmXdU watch the performance]] it's not hard to [[{{Narcissist}} see]] [[ItsAllAboutMe why]] [[VanityProject he]] invaded the stage. [[/note]] This, combined with the pressures of fame, [[CreatorBreakdown resulted in his descent into a dark place]]. The followup album that Pulp were trying to piece together ended up taking more than a year to record and when it was finished, ''This Is Hardcore'' sounded [[DarkerAndEdgier very different indeed]].

After a short break, the band came back together to record what would be their last album, 2001's ''We Love Life'', which was produced by Jarvis's long-time idol Music/ScottWalker. The final blow that caused the band to go back on a seemingly-indefinite hiatus was the compilation album ''Hits'' doing far worse in the charts than expected. Jarvis went on to a solo career. In late 2010 Pulp announced that they would be reuniting summer 2011 to play festivals across Europe, including headlining shows at Reading and Leeds. Despite worries within the fanbase that this would be the last year Pulp would play live before going on hiatus yet again, the band toured again in 2012, culminating in a final gig in Sheffield, and the release of a newly-recorded version of 'After You' to fans as a digital download. Is this the end for Pulp? Only time will tell.

Although Jarvis is the only constant member, their best known line-up (and the one reunited in 2011) consists of him (vocals), Russell Senior (guitar, violin), Mark Webber (guitar), Candida Doyle (keyboards), Steve Mackey (bass) and Nick Banks (drums).


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* ''It'' (1983)
* ''Freaks'' (1986)
* ''Separations'' (1992)
* ''His 'N' Hers'' (1994)
* ''Different Class'' (1995)
* ''This Is Hardcore'' (1998)
* ''We Love Life'' (2001)

!!The bits that "Hello" leaves out:
* AgeProgressionSong - Disco 2000 ("born within an hour of each other", "the first girl at school to get breasts", and "you can even bring your baby")
* AllLoveIsUnrequited - "Disco 2000".
* AntiLoveSong - "Do You Remember the First Time?", "I Spy"
* AudienceParticipationSong - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWaHnlt2I3U "Common People"]]. Even on the mastered versions of this performance that they've released, you can still hear the crowd's voice better than Jarvis'. It fits the song though.
* BastardBoyfriend - The girl's boyfriend in "Pink Glove".
* BookEnds - Their debut album ''It'' is organic and folky, a far cry from the disco/synth-tinged Pop they'd become famous for. Fast-forward to their last album ''We Love Life'', and the band returns to an organic, somewhat folky sound.
* BreakupSong - "Bad Cover Version" and "Razzmatazz", mostly of the 'I'm Over You' variety.
* CreatorProvincialism - A lot of their stuff is very specifically about Sheffield, most notably "Wickerman".
* ChildhoodFriendRomance "Disco 2000" is the unlucky childhood friend variation.
* DarkerAndEdgier
** Within the albums that the non-hardcore fans have heard of, ''This Is Hardcore'' so, so much - it's basically Jarvis' musical midlife crisis. But it could also be seen as something of a return to form as their 80s albums were very brooding.
** ''Freaks'' was this after the largely cheerful Folk Pop of ''It''. The band swerved heavily into said brooding PostPunk theatrics, having lost almost the entire lineup that recorded ''It''.
* DeadpanSnarker - Jarvis, in both his lyrics and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv1H7lG-A5M in real life]].
* DeathSong - "She's Dead", "Death II", "The Night that Minnie Timperley Died", "The Trees". Amusingly, these became more frequent starting in ''[[{{Irony}} We Love Life]]''.
* EpicRocking - "David's Last Summer", "The Day After the Revolution" ([[NoExportForYou except on the U.S. release]]), "Seductive Barry", "Wickerman", "This Is Hardcore".
** Although the U.K. version of "The Day After the Revolution" is really five minutes of a real song and ten minutes of white noise, which hardly constitutes as rocking.
* EverybodyMustGetStoned - "Sorted Out For E's & Wizz" is about someone going to a drug-fueled rave.
-->''In the middle of the night''
-->''[[MushroomSamba It feels alright]]''
-->''But then tomorrow morning''
-->''[[WhatDidIDoLastNight Oh, then you come down]]''
-->''[[DrugsAreBad What if you]] [[ParanoiaFuel never come down?]]''
* IntercourseWithYou - at least every other song:
** "This Is Hardcore" is six-and-half minutes of single entendres so blunt that you start wondering if it's all supposed to be a metaphor for something else altogether.
*** According to Jarvis, "This Is Hardcore" is meant to be about fame, though it was inspired by pornography. And performances like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Duhty0roC0 this]] certainly don't help.
** "I Spy" and "Babies", whilst not relatively speaking that explicit, are two of the most uncomfortable sex songs ever.
** It's probably easier to name all their songs that don't include any sexual references.
* LongRunners - Continued in some shape or form (albeit at varying amounts of success) from 1978 - 2001 and is reuniting again in 2011 to play summer festivals.
* LyricalDissonance - Many, many, many examples, but "Disco 2000" immediately comes to mind - it's a song about meeting up again with an over-the-hill unrequited childhood crush, all set over a guitar riff [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_FupPYXKi0 lifted from]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=355Fk8drgZE Laura Branigan's Gloria]]. And "Disco 2000" contains some of the bands most ''sentimental'' lyrics.
* NewSoundAlbum - While each of their albums progresses from the last, ''His 'N' Hers'' shows a marked difference from their more introspective, artsy records of the 80s, and is generally considered a vast improvement. ''We Love Life'' could also be considered this to a lesser extent, as it sounds much more naturalistic and organic than the albums that preceded it.
* TheNineties
* ObsessionSong - "I Spy" has heavily-painted shades of this, with a good swath of pent-up class aggression on the side.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Their heyday came in the mid-to-late 90's however the band was founded in TheSeventies and active throughout TheEighties.
* OneWordTitle: The band name, and also ''It'', ''Freaks'' and ''Separations''
* PerishingAltRockVoice - Wouldn't be a 90s alt rock band without one.
* RecycledLyrics references to pudgy kids "addicted to coffee-whitener" appeared in two songs which were later scrapped ("Catcliffe Shakedown" and "Modern Marriage") before finally turning up in "Wickerman".
* RockstarSong - Much of ''This Is Hardcore'', especially the B-side "Cocaine Socialism".
* SexualKarma - "Pink Glove". A girl's boyfriend forces her to dress up to satisfy his fetish. The speaker of the song simple suggest that "she get it right first time", as it's all she's going to get since she didn't hook up with him instead.
* SillyLoveSongs - Several from ''It'': "Love Love", which is about enjoying the emotion of love, and "My Lighthouse", about a man who wants his love interest to come live with him in the titular lighthouse.
* SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism - Rather snark-ily cynical.
* SlummingIt - "Common People" may be the archetypical song on this topic. It's also, arguably, one of the most scathing uses of this trope.
* SongStyleShift - "Like A Friend"
* SpokenWordInMusic - It would almost be easier to name songs which ''don't'' have an interlude using this trope, but we'll stick to listing examples for the time being:
** "Love is Blind" from ''Separations'': "We held hands and we looked out of the bedroom window . . . "
** The very beginning of "Acrylic Afternoons", and most of "David's Last Summer" from ''His 'N' Hers''.
** "I Spy" and "F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E." off of ''Different Class''
** "A Little Soul" from ''This Is Hardcore''.
** "Wickerman" from ''We Love Life'' is Jarvis speaking over background music for nearly eight minutes.
** Creator/WilliamShatner's cover of ''Common People'' is made of equal parts this and awesome.
* StepfordSmiler: From "The Fear":
--->This is the sound of someone losing the plot/Making out that they're okay when they're not.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "Sheffield: Sex City" contains a spoken monologue from keyboardist Candida Doyle, her only vocal performance in her long tenure with the band.
* TakeThat - "Common People" viciously skewers [[SlummingIt rich kids who glamorize the working class life.]]
** "Mis-Shapes" is a misfit's revenge fantasy against townies.
** "I Spy" idolizes the luvvie lifestyle then viciously trashes it.
--->My favourite parks are car parks/Grass is something you smoke/Birds are something you shag/Take your Year In Provence/And shove it up your assssss...
* ThisIsASong - "The Fear":
--> ''So now you know the words to our song,''
--> ''Pretty soon you'll all be singing along.''
--> ''When you're sad, when you're lonely & it all turns out wrong.''
* UpperClassTwit: the clueless rich girl who is portrayed in "Common People".
* UsefulNotes/ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion: A lot, with "Common People" as the standout on class. Although there's also "I Spy" (see TakeThat, above).
* WretchedHive: "Mile End"
-->''[[AudienceParticipation What are you frightened of?]] (And remember - shove it in sideways)''