Monday, January 29, 2007

Pulp Faction

In times of trouble, I have found great comfort and catharsis in the work of Pulp, the Sheffield, England band that had been in and around the scene since the late 1970s. "This is Hardcore" remains one of my favorite albums of all time.

Pulp is mainly the brainchild of Jarvis Cocker, a fascinating fellow. He founded Pulp when he was 15 years old, and has held it together for going on 30 years now. A dedicated blue-collar agitprop peddler, Cocker's politics are anything but subtle, but his voice and musicianship are without peer.

Here's a couple of selections to get a feel - also do your own search for "Running the World," which is definitely NSFW:

Da Ali G Show appearance, hysterical:


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