Anglo For Your Ear: Pulp’s “Underwear”

There’s “political” Jarvis Cocker, and then there’s “sexy” Jarvis Cocker. Those categories aren’t mutually exclusive, of course, as demonstrated by his former band’s best-known classic, “Common People.” However, I much prefer the big Cocker at his most priapic, and “Underwear” is his sexiest come-on. In it, he sings “I’d give my whole life to see it” – dramatic, falsetto emphasis on “whole” – “just you, standing there, only in your underwear.” Gets me everytime. From a 1995 Glastonbury performance.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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