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C.A.T.: Different Class

Pulp – Different Class (1995)

Since John did two CAT’s in a row, I figured I’d have another go at it for the second week in a row. This week’s album doesn’t really have any particular importance other than that I’ve really gotten into it lately, and it seems like it’s been a while since we’ve looked at a classic album released within the last 30 years.

Different Class was released in the midst of the Britpop movement that skyrocketed bands such as Oasis and Blur to monumental success in Britain as well as internationally. Though Pulp had been together since the early eighties, Different Class caught the band at it’s creative and commercial peak seeing as though they fit together quite nicely with the other bands that were labeled as Britpop.

There’s plenty of catchy numbers such as the singles “Common People” and “Disco 2000” as much of frontman Jarvis Cocker’s lyrics comment on Britain’s working class. While songs like “Pencil Skirt” and “Underwear” have an oddly charming sexually-charged swagger to them. Cocker’s vocal delivery certainly walks a fine line between pompous and charming but I think that’s a big part of what makes him and Pulp as a band so enjoyable.

Musically there’s an obvious classic British pop sound to Cocker’s songs, but you can also hear traces of Disco-influenced rhythms as well as elements of dance and electronic music. There’s a good balance that balance of guitars as well as some interesting keyboard and synthesizer contibutions.

Pulp would release a few more albums with less success, and would eventually go on hiatus in 2002 while Jarvis Cocker would pursue a solo career. However, with Different Class they left behind a tasty piece of alternative pop as well as another reason why 1995 was an awesome year.

Favorite Tracks: “Common People”, “Disco 2000”, “Sorted For E’s and Wizz”


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