Pulp albums rated from worst to best

One of my favourite bands of the 90’s besides a host of others including Oasis.

Pulp headlined the Pyramid Stage of the Glastonbury Festival twice and were regarded among the Britpop “big four”, along with Oasis, Blur and Suede.

In the early days of Pulp, Jarvis Cocker had to play some shows in a wheelchair after he fell out of a third-story window while doing a Spider-Man impression; an ill-fated attempt to impress a girl. It’s a story that perhaps provides some context as to why it took the Sheffield indie darlings 16 years to find the fame and fortune they so dearly craved. They simply weren’t ready.

So synonymous are Pulp with the heyday of 1990s Britpop, it’s almost jarring to think that they were at the coalface for so much longer than their apparent overnight success would suggest. Long before he was escorted offstage for heroically mooning the pomposity of Michael Jackson’s 1996 BRITs performance, Jarvis just couldn’t get arrested. It meant that when they did arrive however, they were fully formed, and in their uniquely sardonic frontman a most unlikely star was born. At the height of that success came the spoils of Glastonbury headline slots, chart-topping hits, Mercury Prizes, and even the slings and arrows of tabloid scrutiny.

With seven studio albums to their name across a long and illustrious career, theirs is a story of slow-burn evolution. To sort through it, we’ve ranked the records from worst to best.

7. It (1983)

Whatever It was, Pulp didn’t quite have it. At least not yet. Far removed from the preening pop majesty that would come to define them, this scrappy mini album is a familiar tale of young musicians still finding their feet, obviously indebted to their influences (The Smiths, Leonard Cohen), and in this instance, overly reliant on maudlin folk.

It didn’t set the world on fire, but it did introduce the talents of frontman Jarvis Cocker, who sounds remarkably self-assured and mature, despite having only just left his teenage years behind. The quirky haze of Blue Girls and the jangly whimsy of Looking For Life are worth a curiosity spin, but this is otherwise largely skippable fare. 

The album “Different Class” by Pulp was released in 1995. Here is the tracklisting for the standard edition of the album:

  1. “Mis-Shapes”
  2. “Pencil Skirt”
  3. “Common People”
  4. “I Spy”
  5. “Disco 2000”
  6. “Live Bed Show”
  7. “Something Changed”
  8. “Sorted for E’s & Wizz”
  9. “F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E”
  10. “Underwear”
  11. “Monday Morning”
  12. “Bar Italia”

This tracklisting may vary depending on the edition or country of release. Some editions of the album may also include additional bonus tracks or alternate versions of songs.

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