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Pulp – Common People (1995)

By any standards, this is an epoch defnining record. Perennial under achievers Pulp had been recording Peel sessions since 1,000 BC and their brilliant single “Babies” had scarcely raised a yawn in the wider population a couple of years earlier (will post here soon!).

I loved this record from the first time I heard it; observant, ironic, punk rock attitude with a tune to die for. By the way, mine’s a rum’n’coca-cola.

Their Glastonbury performance of the track just transcends music, art,  politics and all else. Remember, this is the dog days of the Major government in summer 1995. So much has happened since then but the moment when the lights go up on the whole crowd is one of the greatest moments in pop history – thousands of people as one.

Was all downhill from there!

Three versions, official video, Glastonbury then live at the BBC.

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  1. Bon.i.well
    May 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    One of the most perfectly constructed songs of all time, it could only be downhill from here. But ‘This Is Hardcore’ from the album of the same name is also a fantastic song. And there is a great Jarvis line on the song ‘Dishes’ – “I am not Jesus, but I have the same initials”

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