Pulp

Formed 1978.
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Pulp at Reading Festival 2011 - Highlights

Highlights of Jarvis Cocker's return to the festival circuit with Pulp at Reading Festival 2011.

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Biography

Pulp are an English alternative rock band who formed in Sheffield in 1978. Their line-up consists of Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar), Candida Doyle (keyboards), Mark Webber (guitar), Steve Mackey (bass) and Nick Banks (drums). Leo Abrahams has been a touring member of the band since they reunited in 2011, contributing electric and acoustic guitar.

Throughout the 1980s, the band struggled to find success, but gained prominence in the UK in the mid-1990s with the release of the albums His 'n' Hers in 1994 and particularly Different Class in 1995, which reached the number one spot in the UK Albums Chart. Different Class spawned four top ten singles, including "Common People" and "Sorted for E's & Wizz", both of which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart. Pulp's musical style during this period consisted of disco influenced pop-rock coupled with "kitchen sink drama"-style lyrics. Jarvis Cocker and the band became reluctant figures in the Britpop movement, and were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 1994 for His 'n' Hers; they won the prize in 1996 for Different Class. They headlined the Pyramid Stage of the Glastonbury Festival twice.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Different Class

    Different Class 1995

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    The Sheffield act’s commercial breakthrough is one of the 90s’ smartest LPs.
  2. Review of His ‘n’ Hers

    His ‘n’ Hers 1994

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    A glorious notice of where the Pulp story really begins.