“Common People” by Pulp (1995)

23 11 2008

Pulp made some incredible records, most of which weren’t heard much by us in the U.S.  Another example of fantastic music you won’t get if you’re stuck to what the corporate suits in America try to force-feed us.  They were/are hugely respected and popular in Europe, so if you know this band, that will give you an in with our brothers and sisters “across the pond.”

Besides the diplomatic considerations, this band just rocks.

Here’s the setup:  Jarvis Cocker, singing the part of a working-class art student, meets an heiress slumming at his art school.  She wants to know what it’s like to be “common people.”  And Pulp, eventually, lets her have it:

“You’ll never live like common people
You’ll never do whatever common people do
You’ll never fail like common people
You’ll never watch your life slide out of view
and then dance and drink and screw
because there’s nothing else to do”


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23 11 2008
CM Burns

One of my favorite songs ever! I can’t believe I’d never seen this video. Man, it really sucks… Way too slick for the tone of the song. Oh, well, the song still rocks. William Shatner does a rad cover of this song.

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