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, Islands
ProducerChris Thomas
Pulp chronology
Masters of the Universe
(1994)
Different Class
(1995)
Countdown 1992–1983
(1996)
Singles from Different Class
  1. "Common People"
    Released: 22 May 1995 (1995-05-22)
  2. "Mis-Shapes" / "Sorted for E's & Wizz"
    Released: 25 September 1995 (1995-09-25)
  3. "Disco 2000"
    Released: 27 November 1995 (1995-11-27)
  4. "Something Changed"
    Released: 25 March 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, Islands
ProducerChris Thomas
Pulp chronology
Masters of the Universe
(1994)
Different Class
(1995)
Countdown 1992–1983
(1996)
Singles from Different Class
  1. "Common People"
    Released: 22 May 1995 (1995-05-22)
  2. "Mis-Shapes" / "Sorted for E's & Wizz"
    Released: 25 September 1995 (1995-09-25)
  3. "Disco 2000"
    Released: 27 November 1995 (1995-11-27)
  4. "Something Changed"
    Released: 25 March 1996 (1996-03-25)

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

Release and reception[edit]

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 No. 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[edit]

All lyrics by Jarvis Cocker, all music written by Pulp (Cocker, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle and Mark Webber), except tracks 3 and 10 music by Cocker, Banks, Mackey, Senior, Doyle.

  1. "Mis-Shapes" – 3:46
  2. "Pencil Skirt" – 3:11
  3. "Common People" – 5:50
  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" – 4:06
  11. "Monday Morning" – 4:16
  12. "Bar Italia" – 3:42
Bonus tracks

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

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

Personnel[edit]

Pulp
Additional Musicians

Sleeve[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Review: Different Class. Allmusic. Retrieved on 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Music – Review of Pulp – Different Class". BBC. 30 October 1995. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Dorian Lynskey (1 September 2006). "CD: Pulp, Different Class | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "CG: Pulp". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.buy.com/retail/proreviews/product.asp?sku=60395507&loc=109&PageFormat=7 3/96, p.108
  8. ^ "Q Magazine | Music news & reviews, music videos, band pictures & interviews". Q4music.com. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Yahoo! UK & Ireland omg! – Celebrity Gossip | News | Photos | Videos". Uk.launch.yahoo.com. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  10. ^ [3][dead link]
  11. ^ "Oasis album voted greatest of all time". The Times. 1 June 2006
  12. ^ "Mercury Prize Winners – The Guardian Google spreadsheet". Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  13. ^ The Different Class Story, BBC Radio 1, 8 February 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" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. 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. 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. 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. 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