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"
    • Is the ex-girlfriend in "Razzmatazz" really that shallow, unpleasant and deserving of everything that's happening to her, or is the singer just bitter and vindictive about being dumped by her?
  • 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 Britpop 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.
      • The whole song qualifies really. It's their most famous song for a reason.
    • All of "I Spy". Especially this performance.
    • "Mis-Shapes", one hell of a misfit's battle-cry.
    • The choruses of "Razzmatazz".
    • The choruses and ending of "F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E".
    • "Do You Remember The First Time?". All of it, but especially the when the first chorus kicks off and during the bridge buildup to the last few choruses.
    • The ending of "David's Last Summer", and arguably the rest of the song too.
    • The colossal, bonkers, nine minute, spoken-word epic that is "Deep Fried In Kelvin".
    • "Wickerman", all eight minutes of it.
    • "This Is Hardcore", especially when combined with that gorgeous music video. Hardcore porn has never sounded so classy.
    • "Glory Days" and "Cocaine Socialism", being the same (awesome) music with different lyrics.
    • "Weeds".
    • The ending of "Sunrise".
    • All of "After You".
  • Epic Riff: Two words. Disco 2000.
  • 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.
    • There's a sizeable chunk of the fanbase that considers "This Is Hardcore" to be this to "Different Class".
  • 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".
    • Another example that comes out of nowhere and makes you jump out of your skin is "Deep Fried In Kelvin", which at the end seems to fade out normally, before rapidly fading back in with a sudden loud, discordant guitar screech that lasts only a second before the song ends, and you have to change your trousers.
    • "The Fear", also from "This Is Hardcore", ends with what sounds like a screeching, heavily distorted siren.
    • Jarvis getting increasingly manic at the end of "Monday Morning".
    • The very end of "F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E", when the music cuts out leaving a high-pitched descending sound which sounds eerily like a bomb dropping.
      • The sudden transition from this song into "Underwear" could also count.
    • The music becoming increasingly dark and doomy and Jarvis wailing at the end of "David's Last Summer".
    • If there's any song of theirs that can be considered this trope, it's "I Love Life". It starts off as a pretty quiet, relatively acoustic track which launches into a more energetic, rocking section about two-thirds of the way through, which quickly disintegrates into a cacophony of screaming guitars, clattering drums, doomy synths and Jarvis screaming, until the drums and guitars fade out leaving the ominous synths and Jarvis chanting "Breathe in, breathe out" as the song fades out.
    • The ending of I Spy, being a Bookend to the song, is a very eerie way to end what is a very eerie song.
  • 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", and to a lesser extent, "Disco 2000", "Babies" and "Do You Remember The First Time?"
  • 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.
    • "A Little Soul" from "This Is Hardcore". It sounds very melancholy, and once you realise the song is about a dad who walked out on his family and is pleading with his son to not become like him it even sadder. It gets even more heartbreaking once you realise that this song was based on Jarvis Cocker's own experiences, as his dad walked out on his family when Jarvis was seven.
    • The "We Love Life" demo, "Grandfather's Nursery".
    • "Dishes" from "This Is Hardcore", a melancholy-sounding song with some downright bleak lyrics about giving up your dreams and resigning yourself to a mundane, dull routine all while feeling like you should be happy, but instead you feel empty inside. It's pretty heartbreaking.
    • The title track of "This Is Hardcore" while not sounding like a typical Tear Jerker song, can have this effect on some people, due to the dark, gloomy yet dramatic music and the bleak, broken lyrics.
      • If the normal version of the track doesn't have this effect, the "End Of The Line Remix" certainly will, being the strings from towards the end of the song but with the rest of the music stripped away, and it sounds heartbreaking.
    • "TV Movie", also from "This Is Hardcore". Another melancholy song, but this time a breakup song with some of the most bleak, broken-sounding lyrics you've ever heard.
    Without you my life has become
    A hangover without end
    • "Like A Friend", one of the most bitter, heartbreaking breakup songs from a band that has a history of bitter, heartbreaking breakup songs.
    "Don't bother saying you're sorry"
    "Why don't you come in?"
    "Smoke all my cigarettes again"
    "...You are the last drink I never should have drunk"
    "You are the body hidden in the trunk"
    "You are the habit I can't seem to kick"
    "You are my secrets on the front page every week"
    "You are the car I never should have bought"
    "You are the train I never should have caught"
    "You are the cut that makes me hide my face"
    "You are the party that makes me feel my age"
  • Vindicated by History:
    • When "This Is Hardcore" was released, it was a commercial failure compared to "Different Class", due to its much darker sound and lyrics; and also received much more mixed reviews compared to its predecessor. However, in recent years it has become increasingly acclaimed by fans and critics, and is seen by some to be on the same level or even better than "Different Class".
      • To a lesser extent this has happened to the next album, "We Love Life", which was virtually ignored upon release despite good reviews, however has also been getting more attention recently, to the point where a petition has been started by fans to release a deluxe edition of the album.
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