MP3: Pulp Discography - Part Seven: His 'N' Hers (1994)
So here it is, one of the big ones. Following their three singles for the Gift label, Pulp were signed in late 1993 to Island, and the following year they released this, their first truly successful album, and one of the most loved by fans. At this point the band weren't quite at the stage of fame they would achieve with the genre-defining and beating Different Class a few years later, but they were certainly going somewhere, and fast. The album was a runner up for the 1994 Mercury Music Prize, unbelievably beaten by the horrific M People with their monstrosity Elegant Slumming. There's no justice people.
The album opens with Joyriders, a tremendous start for an album, featuring such choice lyrics as: 'Hey you, you in the Jesus sandals/Wouldn't you like to/Come over and watch some vandals/Smashing up someones home?' and the lovely 'Oh, the papers say it's a tragedy/But don't you want to come and see?' The second song is one of the singles, Lipgloss, and it's another fantastic one. By this point there wasn't a bad Pulp single right up until their split, it was just stone cold classic after classic. That single was backed by the great You're A Nightmare, which I really think should have been on the album, and another really good Jarvis monologue track called Deep Fried In Kelvin. The lyrics for that one include the lines: 'Suffer the little children to come unto me, and I will tend their adventure playground splinters and cigarette burns, and feed them fizzy orange and chips, that they may grow up straight and tall...Oh yeah, we can have ghettos too, only we use air rifles instead of machine guns. Stitch that. And we drink Diamond White. In the end, the question you have to ask yourself is: are you talking to me, or are you chewing a brick?' Mark E. Smith would be proud. I would have put this song up as an mp3 but it's about 9 minutes long. Suffice to say it's a single well worth seeking on Ebay. To return to the album, the next song is Acrylic Afternoons, one of my personal all-time favourites. To me it's just sheer perfection, and the mp3 is available below. Have You Seen Her Lately is a really affecting ballad, and the next track She's A Lady is basically Jarvis doing I Will Survive. It's tremendous and has to be heard to be believed, so i've also stuck up an mp3 of that. After the slightly maudlin Happy Endings, the next single, Do You Remember The First Time? is up. You're probably getting sick of the deluge of superlatives, but suffice to say it's another classic. Classic in the way Smiths singles are classic. Great video too. The bsides for the Do You single were The Babysitter and Street Lites, both of which are as nice and pervy as you'd expect. I have to say the next two songs on the album aren't really favourites of mine, and I think His N Hers suffers from the same problem as This Is Hardcore, which is bogging down the second half of the album with the longer, slower songs, which in this case are the unwhelming Pink Glove and Someone Like The Moon. Thankfully the album ends on a very high note with perhaps the zenith of Jarvis' monologues, the lovely David's Last Summer, a big fan favourite and deservedly so.
Suffice to say, this album is unmissable. If you don't own it, improve your life a bit by buying it right now, you won't regret it. More info on the album at Bar Italia. Enjoy.
Download: Pulp - Acrylic Afternoons - MP3 2.86mb
Discography: (click to buy @ amazon.co.uk)
His 'N' Hers (1994)
Masters Of The Universe (1994)
Different Class (1995)
This Is Hardcore (1998)
We Love Life (2001)
Truth And Beauty