Different Class

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Different Class
Studio album by Pulp
Released30 October 1995
Recorded1994-1995 at The Town House, London
GenreBritpop
Length52:50
LabelPolyGram, Island Records
ProducerChris Thomas
Pulp chronology
Masters of the Universe
(1994)
Different Class
(1995)
Countdown 1992–1983
(1996)
Singles from Different Class
  1. "Common People" b/w "Underwear"
    Released: May 22, 1995 (1995-05-22)
  2. "Mis-Shapes" / "Sorted for E's & Wizz"
    Released: September 25, 1995 (1995-09-25)
  3. "Disco 2000" b/w "Ansaphone"
    Released: November 27, 1995 (1995-11-27)
  4. "Something Changed" b/w "Mile End"
    Released: March 25, 1996 (1996-03-25)
 
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Different Class
Studio album by Pulp
Released30 October 1995
Recorded1994-1995 at The Town House, London
GenreBritpop
Length52:50
LabelPolyGram, Island Records
ProducerChris Thomas
Pulp chronology
Masters of the Universe
(1994)
Different Class
(1995)
Countdown 1992–1983
(1996)
Singles from Different Class
  1. "Common People" b/w "Underwear"
    Released: May 22, 1995 (1995-05-22)
  2. "Mis-Shapes" / "Sorted for E's & Wizz"
    Released: September 25, 1995 (1995-09-25)
  3. "Disco 2000" b/w "Ansaphone"
    Released: November 27, 1995 (1995-11-27)
  4. "Something Changed" b/w "Mile End"
    Released: March 25, 1996 (1996-03-25)

Different Class is the fifth studio album by English Britpop band Pulp.

Contents

Release and aftermath

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
BBC(positive) [2]
Drowned in Sound(10/10) [3]
The Guardian5/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [5]
Robert ChristgauA− [6]
Spin(9/10) [7]
Q4/5 stars [8]
Yahoo Music8/10 stars [9]

It was released in 1995 at the height of Britpop, and led to the band being regarded as part of that movement. Two of the singles on the album – "Common People" (which reached number two in the UK singles chart) and "Disco 2000" (which reached number seven) – were especially notable, and helped propel Pulp to nationwide fame. A "deluxe edition" of Different Class was released on 11 September 2006. It contains a second disc of B-sides, demos and rarities.

The album was the winner of the 1996 Mercury Music Prize. In 1998 Q readers voted Different Class the 37th greatest album of all time; a repeat poll in 2006 put it at number 85.[citation needed] In 2000 the same magazine placed it at number 46 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.[citation needed] In 2004 it was voted number 70 of Channel 4's 100 greatest albums.[10] In 2006, British Hit Singles & Albums and NME organised a poll of which, 40,000 people worldwide voted for the 100 best albums ever and Different Class was placed at #54 on the list.[11] It has sold 1,255,000 copies in the United Kingdom as of September 2011.[12]

The inspiration for the title came to frontman Jarvis Cocker in Smashing, a nightclub on Regent Street in London.[13] Cocker had a friend who used the phrase "different class" to describe something that was "in a class of its own". Cocker liked the double meaning, with its allusions to the British social class system which was a theme of some of the songs on the album.[citation needed] A message on the back of the record also references this idea:

"We don't want no trouble, we just want the right to be different. That's all."

Track listing

All songs written by Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle and Mark Webber, unless otherwise noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Mis-Shapes"   3:46
2."Pencil Skirt"   3:11
3."Common People"  Cocker, Banks, Mackey, Senior, Doyle5:50
4."I Spy"   5:55
5."Disco 2000"   4:33
6."Live Bed Show"   3:29
7."Something Changed"   3:18
8."Sorted for E's & Wizz"   3:47
9."F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E"   6:01
10."Underwear"  Cocker, Banks, Mackey, Senior, Doyle4:06
11."Monday Morning"  Cocker, Banks, Mackey, Senior, Doyle4:16
12."Bar Italia"   3:42

Different Class was released under the title Common People in Japan on 16 November 1995

Japanese Common People bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."P.T.A. (Parent Teacher Association)" (B-side to "Sorted for E's & Wizz / Mis-Shapes")3:16
14."Common People (Motiv8 Club Mix)" (B-side to "Common People")7:51

Second Class from 1995 (limited German/Japanese bonus disc)

No.TitleLength
1."Mile End" (B-side to "Something Changed")4:32
2."Ansaphone" (B-side to "Disco 2000")4:00
3."P.T.A. (Parent Teacher Association)" (B-side to "Sorted for E's & Wizz / Mis-Shapes", Not included on Japanese Edition)3:16
4."Live Bed Show (Extended)" (B-side to "Disco 2000")4:10
5."Your Sister's Clothes" (from the Sisters EP)4:37
6."Seconds" (from the Sisters EP)4:19
7."Deep Fried In Kelvin" (B-side to "Lipgloss")9:49
8."The Babysitter" (B-side to "Do You Remember the First Time?")5:01
9."Street Lites" (B-side to "Do You Remember the First Time?")5:55
10."Common People '96 (7" Edit)" (B-side to "Common People", Japanese Edition Bonus track)4:07

Bonus disc from 2006 deluxe edition

No.TitleLength
1."Common People (live at Glastonbury 1995)" (B-side to "Sorted for E's & Wizz / Mis-Shapes")7:38
2."Mile End" (B-side to "Something Changed")4:30
3."P.T.A." (B-side to "Sorted for E's & Wizz / Mis-Shapes")3:17
4."Ansaphone (demo)"  4:09
5."Paula (demo)"  3:37
6."Catcliffe Shakedown (demo)"  6:43
7."We Can Dance Again (demo)"  3:51
8."Don't Lose It (demo)"  3:10
9."Whiskey in the Jar" (from the charity album for "ChildLine")4:48
10."Disco 2000 (Nick Cave pub rock version)"  4:22
11."Common People (Vocoda mix)" (B-side to "Common People")6:18

Tracks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 from deluxe edition bonus CD were previously unavailable

Personnel

Pulp

Additional Musicians

Sleeve

Initial copies of the CD and vinyl album came with 6 different double-sided inserts of alternative cover art, and a sticker invited you to "Choose your own front cover". In all standard copies thereafter these 12 individual covers made up the CD booklet, with the wedding photograph used as the actual cover.

The full details of the wedding photograph used on the standard sleeve editions were described on 2011 tour posters:

LOCATION: St Barnabas Church, East Molesey
TIME: 12pm, Saturday 12 August 1995
EVENT: Sharon & Dominic's Wedding
PHOTOGRAPHER: Donald Milne
CAMERA: 1979 Hasselblad 500CM with 80mm lens
FILM STOCK: Fuji Super G-400
DESIGN: Blue Source
ORIGINAL SLEEVE NOTES: "Please understand - we don't want no trouble. We just want the right to be different. That's all."

Charts and certifications

Charts

Chart (1995)Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14]24
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15]44
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16]47
Canadian Albums (RPM)[17]36
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[18]69
Finnish Albums (Musiikkituottajat)[19]37
German Albums (Media Control)[20]71
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[21]91
New Zealand Albums (RIANZ)[22]17
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[23]19
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[24]7
UK Albums (OCC)[25]1
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[26]34

Certifications

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[27]4× Platinum1,200,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[28]Platinum1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Review: Different Class. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-07-25.
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/pjnv
  3. ^ http://www.drownedinsound.com/release/view/8036
  4. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2006/sep/01/popandrock.shopping5
  5. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/pulp/albums/album/125517/review/5941861/different_class
  6. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=1103&name=Pulp
  7. ^ http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60395507&loc=109&PageFormat=7 3/96, p.108
  8. ^ http://www.q4music.com/nav?page=q4music.review.redirect&fixture_review=127016&resource=127016&fixture_artist=146020
  9. ^ http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/l_reviews_a/17841.html
  10. ^ http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-100-greatest-albums/articles/the-results
  11. ^ "Oasis album voted greatest of all time". The Times. 1 Jun 2006
  12. ^ "Mercury Prize Winners - The Guardian Google spreadsheet". https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AiXOITXusTjadHltV3hDN3c0Z1NYckFaeVZVR2dKZ0E. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  13. ^ The Different Class Story, BBC Radio 1, 8 Feb 1999 - Transcript available at http://www.acrylicafternoons.com/pulp.html
  14. ^ "Pulp - Different Class" (In German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Pulp – Different Class". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Pulp – Different Class" (In French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  17. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 62, No. 24, January 29, 1996". RPM. Retrieved on 16 July 2012.
  18. ^ "Pulp – Different Class". Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  19. ^ "Pulp – Different Class". Finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  20. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline". Musicline.de. Media Control. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  21. ^ "パルプのCDアルバムランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/131129/ranking/cd_album/. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  22. ^ "Pulp – Different Class". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  23. ^ "Pulp – Different Class". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  24. ^ "Pulp – Different Class". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  25. ^ "Pulp | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  26. ^ "Pulp - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved on 16 July 2012.
  27. ^ "British album certifications – Pulp – Different Class". British Phonographic Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx. Retrieved 16 July 2012. Enter Different Class in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  28. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1996". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. http://www.ifpi.org/content/section_news/plat1996.html. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
Preceded by
Life by Simply Red
UK number one album
11 November 1995 – 17 November 1995
Succeeded by
Made in Heaven by Queen