NME’s Dream Pulp Setlist

The songs we want to hear from Pulp come summer 2011

1. Joyriders
This bullish rocker opened the ‘His ’N’ Hers’ album and thus kicked off Pulp’s imperial phase.

2. Razzmatazz
Released in 1993, this is about a flighty lady and includes a great ‘na na na’ singalong bit.

3. Lipgloss
This 1994 single, with Jarvis singing about a woman in trouble, has weathered well.


4. Something Changed
A gorgeous, string-laden wonder, in which Jarvis wonders if who you fall in love with is pre-ordained.


5. The Trees
First choice from the band’s nature-obsessed, and very underrated, final album ‘We Love Life’.


6. A Little Soul
Another tender one, reputedly about a rare meeting Jarvis had with his estranged dad.

7. Underwear
Features one of Jarvis’ most memorable lines: “If fashion is your trade, then when you’re naked, I guess you most be unemployed, yeah”.

8. Pink Glove
This tale of sexual jealousy is one of Pulp’s most popular album tracks, and surely a live certainty.

9. F.E.E.L.I.N.G. C.A.L.L.E.D. L.O.V.E.
Jarvis’ spoken-word verses compellingly convey the dread which comes with unexpectedly romantic liaisons. Not to mention the genius choruses.


10. This Is Hardcore
Basically Jarvis going on about making a porno. Which no-one could tire of hearing.

11. Do You Remember The First Time?
Indie disco staple which can still evoke a Proustian rush.

12. Disco 2000
Smart-arses can sing ‘Gloria’ instead of ‘Deborah’, as the song was initially based on Laura Branigan’s 1982 hit of the same name.

13. Party Hard
In the absence of Bowie, let’s hear this homage to the legend in his mid-’70s pomp.

14. Sunrise
This epic replaced ‘Common People’ as the set-closer in Pulp’s later days.


15. Sorted For E’s And Wizz
An honest account of rave culture. Somehow always goes down well at festivals.

16. Babies
This tale of voyeuristic lust is a key song in the band’s career – one of their first proper hits.


17. Common People
One of the greatest British singles of all time, and the perfect singalong set-closer. We can’t wait to hear them do it again.

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This article originally appeared in the November 20 issue of NME

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