Pulp to start the week and to take us (here in the U.S.) into the 4th of July. Can’t think of a better band to do it. Pulp have always been one of my favorite bands, and certainly one of the highlights of the 90s, during a decade fairly overflowing with compelling and interesting music.
I have posted several other sessions as well as concerts by this band over the past few years, and have run the risk of saying the same things over and over. But truths to tell, Pulp were one of those bands which made no excuses; told it like it was and were musically sophisticated on top of everything else.
True, Jarvis was the glue that held that band together, with his vocals and razor-sharp observations of life on the day-to-day. But his vision was supported by an able and talented band – it was an excellent ensemble and they complimented each other as a cohesive unit.
That said, there’s was no easy journey and it took several twists and turns along the way. Going from obscurity to fame and suffering the consequences of getting what you asked for. The addictions and stormy breakups and the eventual hiatus which lasted nine years (from 2002-2011) before resuming for two more years and then calling it a day.
This, their second session for John Peel, is right in the middle of their biggest commercial success and right between the albums Separations and His n’ Hers, which became their breakthrough album. It’s different in tone and feel than their first Peel session in 1981.
One of the 100 bands you need to know about before you die – if you don’t know about Pulp already, put them high on your list of “must discovers”.
In the meantime, crank this one up and get ready for the fireworks.