- Alternative Character Interpretation: Is the narrator of "Pencil Skirt" sleeping with a married woman or raping her?
"You know I love it when you tell me to stop / Oh it's turning me on""...I only do it because I know it makes you sad / I only do it because I know you know it's bad"
- Americans Hate Tingle: While they are generally liked by the Americans who know of them, they failed to make a big impression stateside outside of the indie-minded crowd, as happened to a lot of Brit Pop acts.
- Awesome Music:
- The last minute or so of "Common People," where "I wanna live with common people like you" just builds and builds from barely a whisper to a battle cry.
- All of "I Spy". Especially this performance.
- "Wickerman", all eight minutes of it.
- "This Is Hardcore", especially when combined with that gorgeous music video. Hardcore porn has never sounded so classy.
- Even Better Sequel:
- Separations was a decent album that first showcased the band's signature art pop sound, but it was perfected in His 'N' Hers.
- Different Class took it even further and is widely considered their masterpiece.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Their first three albums tend to fall into this.
- Funny Moments: Help the mo'fuckin' aged!
- Last Note Nightmare: "The Day After the Revolution", the final song of This Is Hardcore, finishes with approximately ten minutes' worth of quiet, swirling ambient noise. Part way through, Jarvis Cocker says "bye-bye" and makes you jump out of your skin. This was edited out of the American release and replaced with "Like a Friend".
- Older Than They Think: Formed in 1978. They didn't have any chart success until 1994. Lampshaded in Spitting Image's parody of "Common People":
We've been around for ages,
We're under "Rock Stars" in the Yellow Pages.
- Signature Song: "Common People"
- Tear Jerker:
When I came 'round to call
- "Disco 2000"
You didn't notice me at all
- "Common People" is just so utterly filled with despair and hopelessness and bitter rage it's hard not to feel a tug at the heartstrings, especially at the lines "You'll never fail like common people / You'll never watch your life slide out of view" and "You will never understand / How it feels to live your life / With no meaning or control", especially if you can relate to the sentiment of the lyrics - watching your dreams slowly die as you try to make a living for yourself, eventually losing all control over your existence and acquiescing to the boredom and mundaneness of working-class life.