Pulp Announce Homecoming Gig
Last updated: 10th July 2012
Pulp and their enigmatic frontman Jarvid Cocker are going to send 2012 off with a massive homecoming show at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on December 8th 2012.
Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena (Saturday, 8th December 2012)
Jarvis Coker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber and Russell Senior, the line-up responsible for the band’s best known material, the albums “His ‘n’ Hers” and “Different Class,” last played together in 1996, before Russell Senior left the band. Pulp last performed live in 2002.
Sheffield’s Pulp were one of the leading Britpop bands in the mid-90’s. Alongside bands, such as Blur, Oasis and Suede, Pulp led the Britpop party with their own brand of infectious pop melodies, 70’s kitsch and Jarvis Cocker’s excellently dark, witty and often sexualised outsider lyrics.
The band was formed in Sheffield in 1978 and featured Jarvis Cocker on vocals, Candida Doyle on Keyboards, Mark Webber on guitar, Steve Mackay on bass guitar and Nick Banks on drums. The addition of Richard Hawley on guitar and the departure of guitarist and violinist, Russell Senior aside, Pulp’s line-up stayed pretty consistent right through the band’s 20 years of existence.
Throughout the 1980’s Pulp struggled to find a wider audience and remained a largely unnoticed indie act. The band’s sound at the time was a concoction of indie pop, twisted disco and electronica; somewhere between Brian Eno-era Roxy Music, the “Sheffield Sound” of The Human League or Heaven 17 and The Smiths.
During this period, Pulp released 3 albums, 1983’s “It”, “Freaks in 1987 and “Separations” in 1992. It wasn’t until the singles “My Legendary Girlfriend” and “Countdown” off the album “Separations,” that Pulp as a band and Jarvis Cocker as songwriter had finally found ‘their’ identity and were about enter a new chapter of the band.
This new chapter was introduced in 1992 through the 7-track EP “Intro – The Gift Recordings,” and contained Pulp’s 3 singles on the Gift Record Label, “O.U.,” “Razzmatazz” and “Babies.” and the fan-favourite “Inside Susan: A Story In 3 Parts.”
The band started to get noticed and by the time “His ‘n’ Hers” got released in 1994, Pulp had become of the most promising bands of the then burgeoning Britpop scene, sharing fans with bands like Suede, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, The Verve, Elastica, Lush and at the time hotly tipped bands, such as Denim or These Animal Men. The album narrowly missed the 1994 Mercury Music Prize against M People by just 1 vote.
The big break came a year later with 1995’s “Different Class” album. The album opened a never-ending stream of hit-singles with “Common People,” “Disco 2000,” “Sorted For E’s & Wizz,” “Something Changed” and “Miss-Shapes,” while the remaining tracks all became Pulp live fan favourtites.
Pulp stole the limelight at the 1995 Glastonbury festival, when the band got offered to step in as headliners for The Stone Roses, who had to pull out the last minute. The performance was broadcast live and become a major success and broke the band even further to new fans.
On the height of the Britpop party with Pulp as one of the party’s hosts, the first cracks started to show after core member Russell Senior decided to leave Pulp to concentrate on his short-lived project, Vinini and his career as music producer.
The follow-up album “This Is Hardcore,” often described as Pulp’s party comedown album, saw the band return after 3 years with a more restrained, darker sound, that hinted at parts at Pulp’s earlier style. The darker sound and lyric style is often contributed to Jarvis Coker’s struggle with celebrity lifestyle, drug abuse and a relationship breakup. Lead single, “Helped The Aged” and “A Little Soul” were the closest to the bands previous 2 albums, while the remaining tracks challenged the listener and fans, who got used toPulp’s lighter, poppier style the band took during the 1990’s.
One more album followed. The Scott Walker produced album, “We Love Life” hit the shops in 2001, and the band undertook one last tour. Going with the upbeat theme and tone of the album and lead single “The Trees,” Pulp performed concerts in National Parks across the UK and the band’s last concert at their own “Auto Festival” before announcing their breakup.