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Pulp Announce Tour Dates for 2023

Pulp, the shoegazing band that helped define Britpop back in the 90’s are going back on tour in the UK. Led by the enigmatic Jarvis Cocker who is never short of a word stated “Well … An encore happens when the crowd makes enough noise to bring the band back to the stage.” Obviously that noise reached a critical mass and now that demand to see the innovators has reached a crescendo.

Formed in the North East in 1978, the band applied themselves through many incarnations and genres and owe much of their success to the legendary DJ of the BBC late night John Peel. Eventual success was a long time coming and it was not until they signed to Gift Records in 1992 that they became to national prominence. Brit Pop had arrived and their short stint at Gift was superseded by signing to Island Records.


Bands who surfed that wave included Suede, Oasis and Blur, with Pulp supporting the latter on a US tour, and in June 1995 their performance at the Glastonbury Festival (standing in for The Stone Roses at the last minute) propelled them to greatness. A double A-side single, “Sorted for E’s & Wizz/Mis-Shapes”, preceded the release of their next album, Different Class (1995).

Upon the release of “Sorted for E’s and Wizz”, the Daily Mirror printed a front-page story headed “BAN THIS SICK STUNT” alongside a story by Kate Thornton which said the song was “pro-drugs” and called for the single to be banned. Further inflaming the intense social debate, the single had an inlay which showed how to conceal amphetamines in a DIY ‘wrap’.

Controversy always dogged Cocker with an infamous stage storming during a Michael Jackson performance probably the most notable. The band broke up and reunited several times before their final demise in 2013. But never say never, and the 59-year-old Cocker is back leading his merry band which, for these dates, consists of Cocker, Candida Doyle, Nick Banks and Mark Webber. Touring  the UK from 26 May, starting in Bridlington Spa. The run includes two festival appearances, at Glasgow’s TRNSMT (7 July) and Latitude (21 July).

Cocker recently published Good Pop, Bad Pop: An Inventory by Jarvis Cocker, a memoir in which he reflected on his life after recollections sparked by items of personal ephemera from chewing gum to soap. Far from the heady days of the bright spotlight of yesteryear, this is an opportunity for today’s generation to discover just what the oldies were banging on about.

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