Watch 300 Sheffield locals re-record Pulp’s ‘Common People’

Hundreds of listeners remade the Britpop anthem to mark the 50th birthday of BBC Radio Sheffield

BBC Radio Sheffield has recruited 300 members of the public to re-record Pulp‘s Britpop anthem ‘Common People’ for the station’s 50th birthday.

The station made its first broadcast on November 15, 1967, becoming the second BBC local radio station to launch after BBC Radio Leicester took to the air a week earlier.

Now, BBC Radio Sheffield has marked its 50th anniversary with its presenters joining a community choir and local residents to remake Pulp’s classic track, even shooting a music video for their version too. Watch that beneath.


Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has said of the news: “I’m very honoured and excited that a video has been made using a bit of Pulp’s music as the basis for it. I’m wishing Radio Sheffield fifty more years of broadcasting success.”

Pulp drummer Nick Banks added: “Radio, music and community are closely intertwined. So, it’s great to see ‘Common People’ being used by Radio Sheffield to celebrate their 50th birthday in this marvellous film. I always get a thrill seeing people singing along with the song and it has obviously struck a chord with many people over the years.”

Meanwhile, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker has teamed up with Iggy Pop to cover Nick Cave‘s ‘Red Right Hand’ for the upcoming fourth series of Peaky Blinders.