YMMV / Pulp

  • 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:
    • "Disco 2000"
    When I came 'round to call
    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.