…And a few days after returning home from our trip to Berlin, we find here in our own backyard reunited Britpop legends Pulp asking questions like "Do You Remember the First Time?" (yes I do and so does Jarvis: summer of ’98, Rockwave Festival by the sea, with a huge cloud of sand hovering above our heads), sharing entertaining facts about famous people like Plato or Robert Plant and Phil Lynott (it was their birthday) and, most importantly, singing about "Common People" and their lives from the unique perspective of pop mastermind Jarvis Cocker.
"Different Class", Pulp’s greatest achievement, is the main course of the almost two-hour live extravaganza, with "Disco 2000" being the shiniest gem of the set, followed closely by "Common People", "I Spy" (with a spy camera enhancing Jarvis's theatrics) and passionate closer "Mis-Shapes". "This is Hardcore", although not among my favorite Pulp tracks (great title though), is undeniably spectacular tonight with Jarvis pole-dancing on top of the speaker stacks. From the few tracks in their set before the master class of ’95 we get another two of the show’s highlights, "Babies" and "Razzmatazz".
One of the (admittedly lesser) results of the ongoing downward spiral of the economy is that we were left with no worthwhile music festivals this summer. At least, thanks to Pulp’s magnificent second coming, we got to witness a truly memorable, festival headlining-worthy performance. The only thing missing was fireworks (and "Countdown" or "My Legendary Girlfriend"). Don’t miss them at Reading tonight if you happen to be nearby.
Set list: Do You Remember the First Time?, Joyriders, Help the Aged, Bad Cover Version, Something Changed, Disco 2000, Sorted For E's & Wizz, F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E, I Spy, Babies, Underwear, This Is Hardcore, Sunrise, Bar Italia, Common People
Encore: Party Hard, Razzmatazz, Mis-Shapes
Pulp - Disco 2000, live @ TerraVibe Park (August 20, 2011)