Biography

Pulp are an English alternative rock band who formed in Sheffield in 1978. Their best-known line-up from their heyday (1994-1996) consisted of Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar), Candida Doyle (keyboards), Russell Senior (guitar, violin), Mark Webber (guitar, keyboards), Steve Mackey (bass) and Nick Banks (drums). Senior quit in 1996 and has since 2010 returned for tours, while Leo Abrahams has been a touring member of the band since they reunited in 2011, contributing electric and acoustic guitar.

Throughout the 1980s, the band struggled to find success, but gained prominence in the UK in the mid-1990s with the release of the albums His 'n' Hers in 1994 and particularly Different Class in 1995, which reached the number one spot in the UK Albums Chart. Different Class spawned four top ten singles, including "Common People" and "Sorted for E's & Wizz", both of which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart. Pulp's musical style during this period consisted of disco influenced pop-rock coupled with "kitchen sink drama"-style lyrics. Jarvis Cocker and the band became reluctant figures in the Britpop movement, and were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 1994 for His 'n' Hers; they won the prize in 1996 for Different Class. They headlined the Pyramid Stage of the Glastonbury Festival twice.

The band would release two further, much less successful albums, This Is Hardcore (1998) and We Love Life (2001), after which they entered an extended hiatus, having sold more than 10 million records.

Pulp reunited played live again in 2011, with dates at the Isle of Wight Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Sziget Festival, Primavera Sound, the Exit festival, and the Wireless Festival. A number of additional concert dates have since been added to their schedule.

On 28 January 2013 Pulp released "After You", a re-recording of a We Love Life demo track, as a digital download single. It was the band's first single release since "Bad Cover Version" in 2002.

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Jarvis Cocker says Metallica's Glastonbury set could be 'a bit abrasive'

Jarvis Cocker says Metallica's Glastonbury set could be 'a bit abrasive'

The Pulp frontman voices concerns that the band's set won't work with the festival goers' 'fragile' state

  • Jun 8, 2014

Pulp mobbed by fans at European premiere of 'Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets'

The movie screens as part of Sheffield's Doc/Fest

  • Jun 8, 2014

Jarvis Cocker: 'A lot of bands are posh now because they've got something to prove'

The Pulp frontman says a song like 'Common People' couldn't be written today

  • Jun 5, 2014

Pulp: 'We honestly haven't talked about making a new album'

The band discuss the possibility of new material in the new issue of NME

  • Jun 3, 2014

Pulp share trailer for 'Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets' - watch

The film's European premiere takes place on June 7 as part of Sheffield Doc Fest 2014

  • May 30, 2014

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Pulp Reviews

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets

A fittingly eccentric portrait of the band and their Sheffield hometown

  • May 30, 2014

Live Review: Exit Festival

Serbia, Thursday, July 7 – Sunday, July 10

  • Jul 19, 2011

Live Review: Primavera Sound

Parc Del Forum, Barcelona, May 26th-28th

  • Jun 14, 2011

Jarvis Cocker: Running The World

Jarvis is back, singing for the kids and sticking it to the G8

  • Aug 7, 2006

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