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Welcome to PulpWiki

This site is a user-generated resource for everything related to the band Pulp. All the pages are editable meaning that anybody can easily add new content or improve what's already here.

PulpWiki began in August 2006 and since then has grown to over 1,500 pages. There's lots to explore, but also still much that could be improved - all contributions are most welcome.

If you are interested in Jarvis' other projects, in particular his solo work and Relaxed Muscle, then no problem because they are certainly covered as well.

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Competition! Win a copy of Russell Senior's new book Freak Out the Squares

Two copies of Russell's new book are available, just answer this question - Russell Senior wrote the first ever review of a Pulp show in his fanzine, what was the name of that fanzine?

We will choose two people at random from the correct answers received. The competition closes on 30th October.

*Competition now closed - congratulations to Carole and Eamonn who will be receiving copies of the book soon.*

Russell Senior's eagerly awaited book Freak Out the Squares: Life in a band called Pulp was published on 1st October by Aurum Press. It is Russell's account of life inside Pulp written in his own inimitable style.

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13 June 2016

Island Album Vinyl Reissues

His 'n' Hers, Different Class, This Is Hardcore and We Love Life have been reissued on limited edition vinyl as part of HMV's "Vinyl Week".

To purchase: http://store.hmv.com/music/exclusive-vinyl

3 June 2016

BBC Music Day 2016: Jarvis Cocker re-voices Sheffield’s trams

Pulp frontman and radio presenter Jarvis Cocker has re-voiced a series of Sheffield tram announcements.

The singer and radio presenter recorded the clips for the city's Supertram network as part of BBC Music Day.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-36447037

20 May 2016

Jarvis Cocker returns with Likely Stories EP

Jarvis Cocker has released a 7" EP of music written for new TV series Likely Stories.

The Pulp frontman wrote the music for the Neil Gaiman show, which began on Sky Arts (May 26).

Jarvis worked on the score for the series with Scott Walker percussionist Alasdair Malloy, Serafina Steer, Bas Jan, Martin Slattery (The Hours, Black Grape) and drummer Tom Skinner (Melt Yourself Down). Portishead's Adrian Utley plays synth on the 'Main Theme'.

One track features a female choir while the lyrics to another list edible fungi found in the UK. The limited 7” was released in record shops from 20th May 2016.

He describes the music on the EP as: "Four grubby tales set in all night cafes, low rent drinking dens and doctor’s surgeries. I didn't have to leave my comfort zone for this assignment."

25 October 2015

Proposed new book about This Is Hardcore

Funding for a new six-book series on the theme 'Reflections on how creative works shape lives' is currently being sort via Kickstarter. One of the proposed books is about This Is Hardcore and is described like so:

David Black: This is Hardcore, Pulp

Twelve songs about loss, disappointment, sex, revolution, lack of sex, pornography and washing up. Released in 1998, it ought to be a seminal work, but instead it is one that often goes overlooked, due mostly to the popularity of its predecessor, the decade defining Different Class. The Britpop phenomenon of the mid-nineties was dominated by the "Blur versus Oasis" debate. The jury is still out, but Pulp were arguably the eventual winner. In the three years between albums, the Britpop phenomenon came to an end with a whimper and a Spice Girl miming whilst wearing a Union Jack. At a time when we needed them most, Pulp were notable by their absence.

This is Hardcore arrived to a very different welcome. It was darker, it was anthem-less and it was not what people expected. It was what they needed. They didn’t know it. They probably still don’t.

I listened to it again and again, waiting for the rest of you to see sense. You didn’t. I began to despair. I despaired that a work of such quality was being largely ignored. I despaired that even the positive reviews were tinged with a sense of doubt. I despaired at the graffiti sprayed across posters featuring the cover art. I despaired of the entire cover art debate that seemed to me to be almost entirely literally judging a book by its cover. I despaired of the media -- why weren’t the band on TV more? I despaired of the band themselves -- why were they making the wrong choices of which tracks should be released as singles? I despaired of you -- why didn’t you like it? Eventually I despaired of myself -- was I wrong?

David Black is an actor and humorist. He has written articles, comedy sketches and scripts for Noiseless Chatter, Cult Britannia, Behind the Bike Shed, Newsrevue and, Hat Trick TV’s YouTube channel, Bad Teeth. In an act of extreme arrogance, he was forced to reinterpret The Cherry Orchard and write new Chekhov dialogue.

For more details and to support the project visit:
Kickstarter - Arts in Entertainment: A Series About Art Impacting Life

28 September 2015

Freak Out the Squares

Russell Senior's eagerly awaited book Freak Out the Squares: Life in a band called Pulp will be published on Thursday 1st October.

It will be available in hardback (320 Pages) and as an ebook.

Online retailers: Waterstones, The Book Depository, WHSmith and Amazon.co.uk

23 May 2014

European premiere for Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets

The European premiere for Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets will take place at the Sheffield Doc Fest on 7th June. The venue is Sheffield City Hall.

After the screening there will be a Q&A with the band hosted by Mark Radcliffe.

Tickets for Sheffield City Hall have now sold out, but the event will also be broadcast live to selected cinemas around the UK and Ireland (members of the VUE, Odeon, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Curzon cinema chains). See this page for a full list.

More details:

26 January 2013

Pulp to play on The Jonathan Ross Show

Pulp are to perform live on the Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday, 2nd February (ITV, 9:45pm). This is presumably to promote the release of After You.

The Jonathan Ross Show Saturday 2nd February at 9:45pm on ITV Episode 5: Jonathan welcomes the legend that is Sir David Attenborough, comedy superstars Eddie Izzard and Russell Brand, and action movie hero Dolph Lundgren. Comeback kings Pulp also perform live in the studio.

26 January 2013

Pulp announce digital release of After You

After You is to be released as a digital download on Monday, 28th January. It will be available from iTunes, Amazon.co.uk and possibly elsewhere.

The track is Pulp's first new recording in a decade. The band made the recording with producer James Murphy late last year. It has previously been made available as a free download on Christmas Day exclusively to fans who attended the December Sheffield Arena concert and collected a Christmas card containing a download code.

According to a press release, the decision to give the track a commercial release was prompted by the “considerable interest” generated since the limited download in December.

26 December 2012

Pulp's Christmas gift - a new recording of 'After You'

At Pulp's homecoming show on 8th December, Christmas cards were given out containing a download code for a Christmas gift. This was made available on Christmas Day and surprisingly turned out to be a new recording of the song After You.

According to Pitchfork, this was recorded by the band in November, and then finished with the help of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy in December in London and while on the Coachella cruise.

After You was written around 1999-2000 and at least one demo version was recorded at that time. It was never released, although some fans are familiar with it after a demo recording was mysteriously leaked by someone posting on the Bar Italia message board in 2008.

8 December 2012

Sheffield tonight

Pulp's eagerly awaited Sheffield concert is only hours away.

Contrary to earlier reports, the Boxettes will not be opening, instead 'home movies' will be shown at 7:30. One of these reportedly dates from 1979. At 8:15 there will be a 'countdown to Pulp' with Pulp taking the stage at around 8:30.

EDIT: see this page for more details.

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