Pulp - Different Class (Vinyl)

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Different Class (released in Japan as Common People) is the fifth studio album by English rock band Pulp, released on 30 October 1995 by Island Records.

The album was released in the UK at the height of Britpop. It followed from the success of their breakthrough album His 'n' Hers the previous year. Two of the singles on the album – "Common People" (which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart) and "Disco 2000" (which reached number seven) – were especially notable, and helped propel Pulp to nationwide fame. A "deluxe edition" of Different Class was released on 11 September 2006. It contains a second disc of B-sides, demos and rarities.

The inspiration for the title came to frontman Jarvis Cocker in Smashing, a club night that ran during the early 1990s in Eve's Club on Regent Street in London. Cocker had a friend who used the phrase "different class" to describe something that was "in a class of its own". Cocker liked the double meaning, with its allusions to the British social class system, which was a theme of some of the songs on the album. A message on the back of the record also references this idea:

"We don't want no trouble, we just want the right to be different. That's all."

Appropriate album title is appropriate, because this album really is different class. By far and large the best album the Britpop era produced. How Blur and Oasis were seen as the big two, I'll never know because Different Class truly is the best Britpop album, I can't think of anything that comes close to this. Well, I know why they were seen as the big two because they were the most commercially successful, but Pulp were the best.

All Britpop is steeped in a certain degree of English culture, but nothing quite like this. This oozes Englishness from top to toe. Jarvis' sharp and witty lyrics about every day working class northern British life are brilliant, he gives the characters he speaks about a strong sense of identity and he paints a very vivid picture of these characters surroundings and mundane lives. From supermarkets, to discos, to bars, to bedrooms, to bedsits this album has it all. Because of how English it is, it's easily relatable.

I think it's a British thing but when you refer to something as different class, you're saying it's in a class of its own. Jarvis had a friend who used to use the phrase, and he liked the double meaning - as it alludes the British social class system. Pulp had a long career before Different Class they'd released 4 albums and had been together since 1978 - with their first album being released in 1983. Different Class was the album that propelled Pulp to the mainstream, and deservedly so because it's full of catchy and memorable songs. Even though there's so many classics, I think 'Common People' is one of THE decade defining songs. Jarvis Cocker really did have a nack for songwriting, the guitars and synthesizers were a match made in heaven and Pulp definitely had the best lyrics of any Britpop band - "My favourite parks are carparks, grass is something you smoke - birds are something you shag", "If fashion is your trade, then when you're naked I guess you must be unemployed", "If they knocked down this place, this place, it'd still look much better than you."

The lyrics are unbelievably witty and quotable, and the songwriting is fantastic. It's kind of seedy, sordid and voyeuristic yet strangely sexy and romantic.

By: TheCunningStunt.

1. "Mis-Shapes" 3:46
2. "Pencil Skirt" 3:11
3. "Common People" 5:50
4. "I Spy" 5:55
5. "Disco 2000" 4:33
6. "Live Bed Show" 3:29
7. "Something Changed" 3:18
8. "Sorted for E's & Wizz" 3:47
9. "F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E" 6:01
10. "Underwear" 4:06
11. "Monday Morning" 4:16
12. "Bar Italia" 3:42

Bass [Musicman Sabre Bass] – Steve Mackey
Drums [Yamaha Drums], Cymbal [Zildjian Cymbals], Percussion – Nick Banks
Guitar [Fender Jazzmaster Guitar], Violin – Russell Senior
Guitar [Gibson ES 345 Guitar], Guitar [Gibson Les Paul Guitar], Guitar [Gibson Firebird Guitar], Acoustic Guitar [Sigma Acoustic Guitar], Keyboards [Casio Tonebank CT-470], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes Piano], Synthesizer [Roland Juno 6] – Mark Webber
Organ [Farfisa Compact Professional II Organ], Keyboards [Ensoniq ASR 10], Synthesizer [Korg Trident II], Synthesizer [Minimoog], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes Piano], Synthesizer [Roland Juno 6, Roland SH-09] – Candida Doyle
Vocals, Guitar [Vox Marauder Guitar], Twelve-String Guitar [Ovation 12 String Guitar], Acoustic Guitar [Sigma Acoustic Guitar], Vocoder [Roland Vocoder Plus VP33U], Synthesizer [Roland SH-09], Mellotron, Synthesizer [Minimoog], Electronic Drums [Synare] – Jarvis Cocker