Pulp 'Different Class' LP
When two dogs (in this case, Blur and Oasis) fight over a bone, sometimes an unknown third can take the slot of Stone Roses no-shows at the Glastonbury festival and run away with the title of Best Britpop Band of 1995. Such was the case with Pulp, even if charismatic frontman Jarvis Cocker never liked the moniker. Pulp came, saw, and recorded one of the best albums of the genre with 1995’s Different Class.
The inspiration for the title came from a friend of Cocker 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 – a theme of some of the songs on the album. 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."
Two of the singles on the album – "Common People" (number 2 in the UK singles chart) and "Disco 2000" (number 7) – were especially notable, and helped propel Pulp to nationwide fame.
Eventually “Different Class” was the winner of the 1996 Mercury Music Prize. In 1998 Q readers voted Different Class the 37th greatest album of all time.
Catalogue number: 4785288
Label: Island / Universal