Articles Tagged 'Pulp'

The Stone Roses

10 Britpop-Era Bands Still Around in 2014

Earlier this year the British music press was full of features about the 20th anniversary of Britpop—the British musical renaissance kicked off by Suede, given shape by Blur and then puffed up beyond all recognition by Oasis. But one of the most interesting things about those times is that there is still a fairly rabid audience for […]


WATCH: Pulp and the Reunion Documentaries of Britpop

Yesterday, the trailer was released for the new documentary Pulp: a Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets, in which one of Britain’s finest bands gets back together, goes on the road and plays some very emotional shows, not least in their hometown of Sheffield. Pulp being the awkward cusses they are, the movie also features […]


‘Fleming’: 10 Songs That Should Have Been James Bond Themes

The John Barry arrangement of Monty Norman’s “James Bond Theme” casts a very long shadow over popular culture. It’s not just there in the 23 songs that have been picked to represent each Bond movie as it comes out, it’s there whenever you get a string section slowly rising up to a minor-sixth, to ramp […]

Jarvis Cocker

Happy 50th Birthday, Jarvis Cocker: Words to Live By

It’s the very wonderful Jarvis Cocker’s 50th birthday today, and if you’re unsure as to who he may be, might I suggest starting here? He’s the one doing all the talky-singing: Ever the (dirty) old man trapped in a younger man’s body, in a sense he’s been rehearsing for this day for his entire life. […]

The Great British Songbook #8: ‘Common People’

I don’t know much about the personal circumstances into which William Shatner was born. I’m not aware if he was raised on a dirt-poor farm or carried around by servants in a penthouse suite at the top of the only invisible skyscraper in Manhattan. I’m fairly sure he didn’t study sculpture and St Martin’s College […]

Five Songwriters Who Deserve The Comic Book Treatment

This November, at the Tucson Comic-Con, a new comic will be launched, called Unite and Take Over: Comic Book Stories Inspired by The Smiths. It’s the 78-page brainchild of publisher Shawn Demumbrum, who brought in artists like Christian Vilaire, Henry Barajas, Jeff Pina, and Shelby Robertson, to help him illustrate a series of stories which […]

Five Great Performances From This Year’s Glastonbury

They’re packing the tents up now. The mud has developed a crust, and the tailbacks of cars leaving the site are preposterous. This year’s Glastonbury Festival is over, leaving behind nothing but a huge cleanup operation and several thousand blown minds. Here, in no particular order, are five performances which shook the festival site so […]

Bryan Ferry

Five Great British Gentleman Singers

The British Gentleman Singer is a unique beast. Part peacock, part librarian, he exists in a strange world where being the beefiest, brawniest man in the room won’t necessarily get you all the girls. What you need is wit, sensitivity, good articulation and a tingling sense that it may not be solely the girls that […]

WATCH: Pulp Return to the Stage for Small French Gig

Ah, do you remember the first time? Some very lucky French fans are singing exactly that after seeing Pulp perform their first show nearly a decade on Wednesday night (May 25). At Le Bikini in Toulouse, the Sheffield-born Britpop collective looked to be in in tip-top form when playing all the favorites (check for […]

A Five Song Guide To The British Landscape

Capturing the idiosyncracies of England’s green and pleasant land is not a straightforward activity. You might have a tune and a set of lyrics which nails the essential rolling greenery, but does it also cast a shadow over the prehistoric mounds and rural customs? Are there morris dancers and maypoles and Punch and Judy tents […]

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