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About Pulp

Led by frontman Jarvis Cocker, the English rock band Pulp had their biggest success in the ’90s and were considered one of Britpop’s “big four,” alongside Oasis, Blur, and Suede. ∙ The Sheffield group’s 1981 recordings with BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel—eventually released on the 2006 live album The Peel Sessions—made them stars in their hometown scene. ∙ Their biggest LP was 1995’s Different Class, which debuted at the top of the UK charts, produced four hit singles, and won the Mercury Prize. ∙ From 1995’s dance tune “Common People” to 1997’s Beatlesque ballad “Help the Aged,” Pulp had five consecutive Top 10 singles in the UK. ∙ British newspaper The Guardian named 1998’s “This Is Hardcore”—which addressed fame through the lens of pornography—one of their 10 best songs. ∙ Cocker wrote three songs for and appeared in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, fronting wizard rock band The Weird Sisters during the Yule Ball. ∙ The feature documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets, which premiered at the SXSW Film festival, won the NME Best Music Film Award in 2015.

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