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

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com'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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