Music has always been important to me and I was fortunate to be at my prime when the greatest spell in it musical history swept the world.
It felt great to be alive in the Britpop era, with classic tunes being released every week and radio stations and TV channels keen to promote them to the masses.
Oasis and Blur dominated the headlines but there were many others great bands, Suede, Dodgy, The Verve, Sleeper, Shed Seven, The Bluetones, Catatonia, Kula Shaker, Cast and Ocean Colour Scene just to name a few, all releasing hit record after hit record.
My teenage years were dominated by Britpop and I would spend every bit of money I could earn on collecting all my favourites and playing them again and again.
I still enjoy listening to them now and most still sound just as good as to me as they did back in the 90’s.
One album has survived the test of time more than others though and I still listen to it regularly, more in the past few years than it’s first few to be honest!
It’s called Different Class it’s by Pulp and it’s my favourite album of all time.
Different Class is the fifth studio album by Pulp, released on 30 October 1995 by Island Records. The album was a critical and commercial success, entering the UK Albums Chart at number one and winning the 1996 Mercury Music Prize. It has been certified four times platinum, and had sold around 1.5 million copies in the United Kingdom. In 2013, NME ranked the album at number six in its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. I rank it number one.
The two most popular tracks on this album are Common People and Disco 2000. Common People is as good as any song ever written in my view and is my go to song when others are forced to hear me do Karaoke. There are a further 10 songs on the album and all are brilliant.
Live Bed Show
Sorted for E’s and Whizz
This album followed another peach of a record from Pulp – His N Hers, which featured classics such as ‘Do You Remember The First Time’ and ‘Babies’ A couple of absolute bangers from Jarvis Cocker and his pals.
Lyrically they were a joy and every word needed to be listened to as they told a great story. Sure, most of the content was Jarvis looking back on sexual experiences or talking about drugs but they were expertly written with a great use of rhyme.
I was fortunate enough to see the band back in 1996, at Wembley Arena, where they played the whole of Different Class plus their best songs from years before. That was one concert I will not be forgetting.
Pulp provided a great alternative to the more popular bad boys of the time Oasis, and their Southern posh boy rivals Blur but if you were around at the time you didn’t have to pick your side you could just enjoy them all. Thats what I did then, and that’s what I still do now.
I often feel sorry for the youngsters of today, having to live through this current modern pop culture. Before my time my elders had decent era’s of music, with the Beatles and Rolling Stones entertaining the kids of the 60’s, the likes of Queen and Bowie, among others, in the 70’s, plus the breakthrough of Pop giants Madonna and Michael Jackson in the 80’s but I live though the 90’s and I was lucky as I had Britpop. A decade of excellence that will never be topped. And standing out from those years was one album – Different Class – and just like it’s name, it was better than the rest. ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ and ‘Parklife’ were good, ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ and ‘Definitely Maybe’ were great, but Different Class was the best. Was then, still is now. Trust me – go and listen.