Wednesday, 5 February 2014

REWIND: Pulp - 'Monday Morning'

Over the last few days I have featured Blur, Oasis and Suede, the first three Britpop bands I became aware of during the era. Winning my attention when 'Common People' crossed them over into the public eye, Pulp were the fourth. As my 'Musical Memories From 1995' article recalls: "The summer of 1995 was something I still daydream about to this very day. A summer soundtracked by classic songs that were not only hit singles, but musical treasures crafted by truly exciting bands who would soon go on to be legends. The instantly addictive and unforgettably anthemic ‘Common People’ catapulted Pulp into the mainstream and to the attention of this 11 year old. I can recall buying the song on cassette during a day out with my Dad’s friend John Hanson, his son Wilf and my brother. My only clear memories of the day are standing in Melksham park while my brother and Wilf played football, more interested in looking at the new addition to my tape collection that I had proudly purchased. Brilliantly ‘Common People’ kept Michael and Janet Jackson’s unimaginative, overblown ‘Scream’ from the number two spot, but was outrageously denied a number one by Robson And Jerome’s dire karaoke cover of ‘Unchained Melody’. Oh well, you can’t win them all I suppose...

Just from his lyrics and his vocal delivery, I could tell that Jarvis Cocker was going to be a hero of mine. I certainly identified with his geeky, outsider style and to me the song seemed to lay into the shallowness of wanting to be cool and popular, and celebrating being different. Of course that wasn’t exactly what the song was about, but you could tell that was where Pulp were coming from..." 

Read the full account of what 1995 was all about for me HERE... I'm going to feature the excellent 'Monday Morning' today, since we all know what 'Common People' sounds like, don't we?



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