Pulp Compilations

Pulp Intro

Release: 11 October 1993
Numbers: ILPM2076 / ICM2076 / IMCD159
Formats: Vinyl LP / Cassette / CD
Sleeve: Designers Republic, Photography - Kevin Westerberg

  1. Space
  2. O.U
  3. Babies
  4. Styloroc (Nites Of Suburbia)
  5. Razzmatazz
  6. Sheffield: Sex City
  7. Stacks
  8. Inside Susan
  9. 59, Lyndhurst Grove

* Pulp Intro is a compilation of the tracks released on Sheffield's Gift Label between 1992 and 1993

Masters Of The Universe

Release: 13 June 1994
Numbers: FIRELP36 / FIRECD36 / FIREMC36
Formats: Vinyl LP / CD / Cassette
Sleeve: Photography - Andy Gray

  1. Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)
  2. Simultaneous
  3. Blue Glow
  4. The Will To Power
  5. Dogs Are Everywhere
  6. Mark Of The Devil
  7. 97 Lovers
  8. Aborigine
  9. Goodnight
  10. They Suffocate At Night
  11. Tunnel
  12. Master Of The Universe (sanitised version)
  13. Manon (new version)

* Masters Of The Universe is a compilation album including all tracks from the 'Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)' 12", 'Dogs Are Everywhere' 12" and 'They Suffocate At Night' 12", except for the track 'Silence' omitted at Jarvis' request.

* Click here to see the cassette sleeve.

Countdown 1992-1983

Release: 22 March 1996
Numbers: NTMLP521 / NTMC521 / NTMCD521
Formats: Double Vinyl LP / Cassette / Double CD
Highest Chart Position: 10

CD 1 / LP 1:
  1. Countdown [Single Version, 4:42]
  2. Death Goes To The Disco
  3. My Legendary Girlfriend
  4. Don't You Want Me Anymore?
  5. She's Dead
  6. Down By The River
  7. I Want You
  8. Being Followed Home
  9. Master Of The Universe
  10. Don't You Know?
  11. They Suffocate At Night
CD 2 / LP 2:
  1. Dogs Are Everywhere
  2. Mark Of The Devil
  3. 97 Lovers
  4. Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)
  5. Blue Glow
  6. My Lighthouse
  7. Wishful Thinking
  8. Blue Girls
  9. Countdown [Radio Edit, 8:06]

* This double album is a compilation of various tracks taken from the 'It' LP, 'Freaks' LP, 'Separations' LP, 'Masters Of The Universe' compilation LP, and the 'Countdown' single.

* Side B of the cassette release starts with They Suffocate At Night.

* Click here to see the cassette sleeve.

Pulp Goes To The Disco

Release: 13 July 1998
Number: (Connoisseur Collection) VSOP CD256
Format: CD

  1. Death II
  2. Death Goes To The Disco
  3. Countdown
  4. My Legendary Girlfriend
  5. Is This House?
  6. This House Is Condemned
  7. Countdown (Extended Version)
  8. Love Is Blind
  9. Mark Of The Devil
  10. Master Of The Universe

* This album is another compilation of various tracks taken from albums and singles Pulp released on the Fire label.

* 'Countdown (Extended Version)' is the Radio Edit version [8:06] that appears as the first track on the original Countdown 12" [BLAZE51T] and the third track on the CD single [BLAZE51CD].

The Best Of The Fire Years 1983 - 1992

Release: 12 October 1998
Number: (Music Collection International) MCCD375
Format: CD

  1. My Legendary Girlfriend
  2. Countdown (Extended Version)
  3. Death Goes To The Disco
  4. Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)
  5. I Want You
  6. They Suffocate At Night
  7. Dogs Are Everywhere
  8. Don't You Know
  9. She's Dead
  10. Aborigine
  11. Separations
  12. 97 Lovers

* This is yet another compilation album of various tracks released by Pulp on the Fire label.

* 'Countdown (Extended Version)' is the Radio Edit version [8:06] that appears as the first track on the Countdown 12" [BLAZE51T] and the third track on the CD single [BLAZE51CD].

Pulped 83-92

Release: 31 May 1999
Number: COOK CD 178
Format: 4xCD Boxset
Label: Cooking Vinyl

4xCD Album Boxset:
  1. It LP
  2. Freaks LP
  3. Countdown LP
  4. Masters Of The Universe Compilation LP
* Limited to 5000 Copies.

Pulp On Fire

Release: 29 November 1999
Number: SMDCD 247
Format: Double CD
Label: Snapper Music

CD 1:
  1. My Lighthouse
  2. Wishful Thinking
  3. Joking Aside
  4. Boats And Trains
  5. Love Love
  6. In Many Ways
  7. Looking For Life
  8. Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)
  9. Simultaneous
  10. Blue Glow
CD 2:
  1. The Will To Power
  2. Dogs Are Everywhere
  3. The Mark Of The Devil
  4. 97 Lovers
  5. Aborigine
  6. Goodnight
  7. They Suffocate At Night
  8. Tunnel
  9. Master Of The Universe
  10. Manon

* This compilation is a near chronological collection of tracks from the early Fire years. It contains all tracks from the 'It' CD released by Fire (except for Blue Girls), all tracks from the Little Girl (With Blue Eyes) 12", Dogs Are Everywhere 12", They Suffocate At Night 12" and the Master Of The Universe 12" (except for Silence).

Pulp Hits

Release: 18 November 2002
Number: CID 8126
Format: CD
Sleeve: Simon Periton / Sadie Coles HQ, after photographs by Willie Seldon.
Highest Chart Position: 71
  1. Babies
  2. Razzmatazz
  3. Lipgloss
  4. Do You Remember The First Time?
  5. Common People
  6. Underwear
  7. Sorted For E's & Wizz
  8. Disco 2000
  9. Something Changed
  10. Help The Aged
  11. This Is Hardcore
  12. A Little Soul
  13. Party Hard
  14. The Trees
  15. Bad Cover Version
  16. Sunrise
  17. Last Day Of The Miners' Strike

* BPI UK Sales Award:
Gold (100,000 units), 13 July 2007

* A cardboard slipcase version of the CD was issued in 2006. It retailed for a low price and was sold at places such as supermarket checkouts. However, this release didn't include the photobooklet.

10 years on an island - not even Robinson Crusoe got that. But whilst here we have seen such sights! Such beings! Such strangeness! & some of it we tried to get into these songs. 'Cos that's what we're here for; sifting thru' the crap that washes up on the shore & turning it into something else. Something home-made, precarious & a little rickety maybe, but also kind of beautiful in it's own way (we hope). Our ship sails away on the morrow, bound for distant shores. When we will reach our destination, no-one knows, but rest assured: We'll be in touch.

The Peel Sessions

Release: 23 October 2006
Number: 9841397
Format: Double CD
Sleeve: Designed by Charles Brockbank at Green Ink

  1. Turkey Mambo Momma (Session)
  2. Please Don't Worry (Session)
  3. Wishful Thinking (Session)
  4. Refuse To Be Blind (Session)
  5. Pink Glove (Session)
  6. You're A Nightmare (Session)
  7. Acrylic Afternoons (Session)
  8. Underwear (Session)
  9. Common People (Session)
  10. Pencil Skirt (Session)
  11. Sunrise (Session)
  12. Weeds (Session)
  13. I Love Live (Session)
  14. Duck Diving (Session)
Tracks 1-4 recorded at Maida Vale Studio 4 on 7 November 1981, broadcast on 18 November 1981.
Tracks 5-7 recorded at Maida Vale Studio 4 on 7 February 1993, broadcast on 5 March 1993.
Tracks 8-10 recorded at Maida Vale Studio 4 on 9 September 1994, broadcast on 22 October 1994.
Tracks 11-14 recorded at Maida Vale Studio 4 on 12 August 2001, broadcast on 28, 29 and 30 October 2001.

CD 2:
  1. Theme From Peter Gunn (Live)
  2. Sorted For E's & Wizz (Live)
  3. Help The Aged (Live)
  4. This Is Hardcore (Live)
  5. Sunrise (Live)
  6. Mile End (Live)
  7. Do You Remember The First Time? (Live)
  8. Babies (Live)
  9. Weeds (Live)
  10. Weeds II (The Origin Of The Species) (Live)
  11. The Fear (Live)
  12. The Trees (Live)
  13. I Love Life (Live)
  14. Party Hard (Live)
  15. Common People (Live)
Tracks 1-5 recorded live at Kings College London on 24 September 2001, broadcast on 11 October 2001.
Tracks 6-8 recorded live at Bristol University Anson Rooms, 21 April 1995.
Tracks 9-15 recorded and broadcast live at the Birmingham Academy, 31 October 2001.

Now, where do I begin? I guess it all starts one fateful night back in 1977 when I was playing with the radio dial in frustration cos I kept reading about this thing called "Punk Rock" but the local radio station in Sheffield (Radio Hallam) refused to play it. Suddenly a song leapt out at me (l was later to learn that it was by Elvis Costello) & when the song had finished I heard a voice that I was to come to know very well over the next few years. Like countless other people, I guess, the John Peel show was the place I really learnt about music. Up till then it had been a mixture of songs from my Mum's record collection that weren't too bad & chart stuff - now, suddenly, for 2 hours every week night I was exposed to so much other stuff; the Punk Rock that I'd been searching for initially, for sure, but also so much more. Listening to the show become an act of almost religious devotion for me.

Pulp started a few months after that first encounter & we would often fantasise about how great it would be if one day we could get to record a session for the show. Sometime in 1981 I decided to try & turn that fantasy into a reality; the "John Peel Roadshow" was coming to Sheffield Polytechnic & I was going to go & try to talk to the man himself! I went down to the Poly armed with a demo we'd just recorded & lurked awkwardly for the whole evening. When he'd finished playing & was walking away from the DJ-booth carrying his record boxes I seized my chance. I don't remember what I said but I do recall that he said he'd listen to our tape on the way home. I probably mumbled "Thanks" & then that was it: he was gone. I remember being kind of shocked that there wasn't a queue of other people trying to give him tapes & also that he didn't have a minder or anything. Five days later, John Walters (the producer of the Peel Show) called my Grandma's house (we didn't have our own phone at the time) & broke the news that they'd like us to come to London to record a session.

Now, to say that we were excited by this news would be a slight understatement - this was our chance to be on the show that had been forming our whole musical outlook for the last 4 years! The only show in the world, as far as we were concerned, that meant anything. & us 4 idiots, who were all still at school (I'd just had my 18th birthday - Wayne, the drummer, was 15), were going to be allowed on it! This was heaven. This really was a Dream Come True.

We travelled down to Maida Vale in a van driven by a very strange man we'd contacted via a card pinned to the Virgin Records Shop notice-board. We'd had to borrow lots of equipment from a band called 'The Naughtiest Girl Was a Monitor' cos we didn't have enough stuff of our own. The session was to be produced by Dale Griffin, who used to be the drummer in Mott the Hoople, I seem to remember that he was wearing cowboy boots. He must have taken one look at us & thought "What the fuck have I let myself in for here?". It wasn't that we were naive - it was beyond that, we just didn't have a clue what we were supposed to do. Jamie didn't understand how to work the posh bass amp he'd borrowed, Wayne didn't really know how to set his drums up, Dolly (Peter Dalton) was using his mum's ironing board as a keyboard stand & me... I was just super nervous cos I thought John Peel was going to walk in at any moment. Dale Griffin was at great pains to tell us that we should just set up & play as if we were doing a concert but we didn't really listen to him - for us this was the first time we'd ever been in a "proper" recording studio & we were determined to cram as many ideas & overdubs into the session as was humanly possible. I think the crisis point came when Wayne was attempting to get a home-made synth-drum to work that a friend of his at school had made out of a rubber burglar-alarm mat & an old electronic calculator - Dale Griffin looked at this 15 year-old kid crouching on the floor bashing what looked like a doormat with some wires coming out of it & just put his head in his hands. But to his credit, the session did get finished & now, 25 years later (ouch!), it finally gets an official release.

l'd always resisted the reissuing of this particular Peel Session before because it seemed so embarrassingly naive but now I guess it's long enough ago for me to find that charming. You can certainly tell that we'd been listening to the John Peel show fairly religiously for the past 4 years - "Turkey Mambo Momma" is one part "Gone Daddy Gone" by the Violent Femmes (we'd borrowed a xylophone from school) mixed with a bit of early Pigbag (Peter Dalton was given cornet lessons by a bloke who ended up being the lead singer in The Thompson Twins). "Refuse to be Blind" is just a blatant Joy Division rip-off (the strange van driver came back pissed to the studio as we were finishing that one & started shouting "I am a fucking Dalek!" at the point where the vocal starts going way down in pitch). "Please Don't Worry" & "Wishful Thinking" are at least a bit less derivative - the former featuring the home-made syn-drum that caused Dale Griffin so much pain (it did work in the end) & the latter being the only song from this session that made it on to our debut LP ("It" - released by Red Rhino in 1983).

As for the other sessions on these discs - my memories of them are pleasant but not as detailed as those of that first one. I do believe we hold the world record for The Longest Gap Between First & Second Sessions (12 years!) & there were times during that intervening period when I did sometimes secretly curse John Peel for encouraging me to turn my back on the straight & narrow in order to become a profoundly unsuccessful performing artist. But it all worked out in the end & now I have to say that I feel privileged, privileged to have met the man on a few occasions, to have performed before him to mark the occasion of his 40th year in broadcasting & to have even visited his house & met his family once. But the greatest privilege of all is the first one I had, all those years ago: the privilege of being introduced to music that changed my whole life by someone who made you feel somehow included in the whole process. & for that I am eternally grateful.

Jarvis Cocker
August 2006

Party Clowns - Live In London 1991

Release: 3 December 2012
Number: FLOATM6180
Format: CD
Label: Floating World Records
Sleeve: Designed by Becky Stewart at Hi-Hat
  1. Space
  2. Death II
  3. Live On
  4. Love Is Blind
  5. Separations
  6. Babies
  7. My Legendary Girlfriend
  8. Countdown

* All tracks recorded at the London Town & Country Club on 20 July 1991

Recorded in 1991 at the tipping point of their fame throughout the 1990's, Pulp perform a glorious set at London's Town & Country Club in Kentish Town. As one of their first ever live performances on UK television, the band performed on a bill titled 'Class of '91'. Along with other emerging talent, in association with the NME, Central Television took the brave decision to record the band at the very point at which they were about to explode onto the mainstream music scene.

The NME wrote "Pulp are the party clowns and wisely flaunt the metaphysical red noses with deadpanned glee. Singer Jarvis is to all intents and purposes Frank Spencer auditioning for Saturday Night Fever, and therein lies the essence of Pulp - sartorial catastrophes dressed in funk-splattered overcoats. When they're not getting groovy, the fivesome are manufacturing an absurd brand of pop which is more sly than a fox with a crossbow. Furniture meets Chic and decided hey, maybe we can live together after all".

This amazing gig is an insight to the eclectic roots of the band's musical style. The beginning of this recording even has a flavour of the eccentricity of lead singer Jarvis Cocker, arriving as he did just five minutes before going on stage, having been stuck on a train returning from a stag night in Liverpool. His Rolf Harris-style Stylophone solo needs to be heard to be believed.

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