25 October 2015
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:
28 September 2015
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.
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23 May 2014
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). Seefor a full list.
26 January 2013
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
After You is to be released as a digital download on Monday, 28th January. It will be available from iTunes, 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
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, 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 in 2008.
8 December 2012
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.
4 December 2012
The deluxe edition of His 'n' Hers has been released on vinyl this week. It has come out on the Music on Vinyl label and was released on Monday (3rd December).
14 November 2012
A couple of YouTube videos from the Paris L'Olympia concert:
Official Festival Les Inrocks video, includes Disco 2000
This is Hardcore
The setlist and more details can be found here.
10 November 2012
Pulp, with full band in attendance (minus Russell whose "bad back" Jarvis gave as reason for absence), picked-up their second music magazine gong of the year at the Q awards on Monday October 22nd, following their "Outstanding Contribution To Music" award by NME in February. This time, the award was for "Inspiration".