30.12.01 The Wicker Man

Set the video! The Director's cut of The Wicker Man (which includes scenes absent from the original cinema release) will be shown on Monday night (new year's eve) on Channel 4 at 11.40pm.

15.12.01 Jarvis on the Telly...

Jarvis will appear as a guest on the 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' show next Friday (December 21st). The programme is on BBC1 from 10:35pm - 11:15pm

01.12.01 Go Tell It To The Trees...

The morning after the last night of the UK leg of the tour, and guess what? More live shows! Maybe as an alternative to the festival circuit, and in arrangement with the Forestry Commission, Pulp have decided to play concerts in five UK forests during June 2002. The dates are: Saturday 15 June 2002 Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire - Sunday 16 June 2002 Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent - Friday 21 June 2002 Roseisle Forest, Elgin, Scotland - Saturday 22 June 2002 Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire - Sunday 23 June 2002 Thetford Forest, Suffolk. Details & tickets from The Forestry Commission on 01842 814612.

29.11.01 Cambridge & Brixton

Setlists for both these shows have been added to the Gigography Page. Cambridge was one of the smallest and most intimate of venues of the tour which made for a blinding show, although the band (in particular Candida) seemed ready to wind it up after the first encore, but after much cheering, they eventually came back on to play Underwear. The Brixton set was the same, only with Party Hard added to the second encore. During an extended introduction to F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E, we were treated to a dentist's-eye view of Jarvis as he brought on a camera and filmed the inside of his mouth, jabbing his tongue towards the camera in time with the bass. Thankfully, his mouth was clean and not full of too much spit - could have made me a bit squeamish otherwise!

26.11.01 Manchester

Pulp played a slightly shortened set last night (they had to finish by half ten with it being a Sunday) but still packed 15 songs in just under 90 minutes, and although Help The Aged and Bob Lind were played in the soundcheck, neither made an appearance in the set. The full setlist can be found on the Gigography page.

22.11.01 York

Pulp played a very similar 17 song set at York's Barbican Centre the other night, with the surprise inclusion of Joyriders, though no Anorexic Beauty. The full setlist is on the Gigography page.

20.11.01 Sheffield!

They played an 18 song set last night (see gigography page for setlist) including a fantastic Anorexic Beauty, dedicated to the one and only Russell Senior. They were also joined on stage by two of the Fat Truckers who provided additional percussion on Weeds. Though the non-musical highlight had to be Jarvis' observations on Argos and an admission that they'd actually tried to play Pink Glove in rehearsals, but that it ended up sounding rubbish...

19.11.01 Tour News...

Pulp kicked off their UK tour earlier yesterday evening with a 90 minute, 17 song set at Nottingham Rock City. The tracks they played were:
The Night That Minnie Timperley Died
The Birds In Your Garden
A Little Soul
Laughing Boy
Live Bed Show (with a fantastic extended outro!!)
F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E (New Version)
Bad Cover Version
I Love Life
This Is Hardcore
Sorted For E's & Wizz
The Fear
Party Hard

14.11.01 Jarvis Interview in Ministry

Jarvis is interviewed in the current edition of Ministry magazine (December). As is now customary, he conducted the interview in London park, this time Hampstead Heath, and talked about raves, DJing and club culture. Talking about one rave, he told them, "I didn't wear underwear in those days and the button fly on the shorts tended to come undone. I remember once I looked down after dancing for an hour and seeing my cock was waving around in the air." Classic!

21.10.01 Pulp add 3rd Brixton Date to Tour

Pulp have added a third consecutive date at London's Brixton Academy on 30 November 2001. Tickets for the shows on the 28 and 29 November have now sold out. Tickets for the third, and realistically final, show are on sale through www.gigsandtours.com or by phoning 020 7771 2000. Meanwhile, Trees/Sunrise has now fallen to 58 in the singles chart after only charting at 23 last week.

11.10.01 More Press!

There are some more Jarvis interviews in the NME (13 October 2001) as well as The Big Issue (8-14 October 2001). Extracts from the NME interview, not printed in the magazine, can be found by clicking here. Back issues of The Big Issue are available, priced 1 (inc. postage), from: Back Copies, The Big Issue Midlands, 2-4 Bristol Street, Birmingham, B5 7AA. Full transcriptions of both interviews will appear in the near future.

01.10.01 Pulp Press

Current interviews with either Pulp or Jarvis are now available in The Face, October 2001 (Candida: "Mark is going through his not-liking-the-group phase now, which is really weird."), Esquire, October 2001 (Jarvis: "Day-to-day existence is the most interesting aspect of life, but that gets forgotten about in London. In Sheffield, it's the most important part of everyone's life."), Guardian Weekend, 29 September 2001 (Jarvis: "I enjoy getting inspiration from everyday things, and other people probably enjoy hanging out in jacuzzis and shagging models with silicone tits... Though I could probably enjoy that a couple of times y'know."). There's also a Guildford review with photos in Ministry, October 2001. All these articles will be transcribed for the site by the end of the year. The NME have also promised a cover disc on this week's issue (out October 3) with an unreleased Pulp track.

29.09.01 We Love Life: Album Launch

[NME.com 29.09.01] Pulp launched their new album 'We Love Life' with a lavish party at the London Greenwich Observatory last night (September 28). The band joined about 200 journalists, media and music industry types on a boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich Observatory, where the album was then played back in the pitch dark of the planetarium, as a simulation of the universe spun over the guests' heads. All the band were there to mingle with party guests, who quaffed cocktails and canapes, with Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey DJing in a marquee on the observatory lawn as part of their Desperate Sound System. Hear'say's Suzanne Shaw was also at the party, probably because Hear'say are signed to Universal, parent company of Island, Pulp's label, rather than due to an undying devotion to the Sheffield band.

13.09.01 New Tracklisting (Final Version?)

Pulp Online announced a slightly revised tracklisting for "Pulp", placing Weeds & Origin together, with Trees becoming The Trees and Minnie reverting to its full length title:
Weeds, Weeds II (Origin of The Species), The Night Minnie Timperley Died, The Trees, Wickerman, I Love Life, Birds In Your Garden, Bob Lind, Bad Cover Version, Roadkill, Sunrise

13.09.01 Pulp Tour Dates!!

Okay, tickets for some shows may not be on sale 'till next week, but here's the list of all those lovely small venues they'll be perfoming at in November...
18 Nottingham Rock City, 19 Sheffield Octagon, 21 York Barbican, 22 Glasgow Barrowlands, 24 Newcastle City Hall, 25 Manchester Apollo, 27 Cambridge Corn Exchange, 28 London Brixton Academy.

09.09.01 Jarvis, Candida & Mark Play in London

Jarvis, Candida & Mark performed at the Siren Suite yesterday evening outside Southwark Cathedral, London. Songs performed were Roadkill & Birds In Your Garden. They were joined by Antony Genn on Tambourine, Phillip Sheppard on Electric Cello and Leo Chadburn on Recorder. Review & pictures of the event are on the Live Shows Page.

25.08.01 Pulp to Play Birmingham One Live

Pulp are playing a one off concert at the Birmingham Academy on 31 October 2001. The show will be part of Radio 1's "One Live In Birmingham" event which runs from Friday 26 November through to Thursday 1 November.

21.08.01 Peel plays Pulp

John Peel (Radio 1) has played a clutch of new songs from the forthcoming LP including, Bad Cover Version (Wednesday 15 August), Birds In Your Garden (Thursday 16 August), Origin Of The Species (Tuesday 21 August), Road Kill (Thursday 23 August) and Sunrise. The session that Pulp recorded for the show a couple of weeks back will be broadcast over 28, 29 & 30th October.

02.08.01 New Album News...

NME have announced the tracklisting for the forthcoming album. The 11 track LP, out on 15 October will include: Bad Cover Version, Trees, I Love Life, Bob Lind, Birds In Your Garden, Wickerman, Minnie Timperley, Weeds, Origin Of The Species, Road Kill & Sunrise. Meanwhile, Pulp People have announced that Trees / Sunrise is to be the new double A-side Pulp single due for release on 1 October. Here's what the NME reckon about the new songs:

Bob Lind - Inspired by an obscure '60s singer. Key lyric: "It will get worse from day to day / Until you admit you're a fuck up like all the rest / That's the time the teardrops start / And that's the time you fall in love again"

Origin Of The Species - A continuation of the lyrical theme of weeds with Jarvis delivering a spoken word analogy between plants and humans over dark, electronic squelches.

Road Kill - Gentle, acoustic, melancholic song about losing love and then coming across a deer that's been run over.

The article is also accompanied by a rather funny Rankin picture of the band, apparently stuck in a traffic jam, in Jarvis' Toyota Townace!

22.07.01 Those useless Trees!

On your marks... Pulp People have announced that Trees is to be Pulp's first single release in over three years and will hit the shops in October with the as yet untitled album to follow a fortnight later. Possibly one of the oldest of the new songs, Jarvis mentioned this track in an interview with Jo Whiley back in September 1998! (See "Pulp Write New Songs In Countryside, 14/09/98" below).

02.06.01 Radio 1 to play Pulp's Homelands Set.

Radio 1 will broadcast approximately 50 minutes of Pulp's Homelands set sometime between 10 & 11.30pm on Monday 4 June. The full Homelands set, which was identical to the Hay-on-Wye Festival set only without the encore was: Sorted For E's & Wizz, Weeds, Bad Cover Version, Common People, F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E, A Little Soul, Trees, Minnie, Party Hard, This Is Hardcore and Sunrise.

25.05.01 Pulp Debut Three New Songs at Hay-on-Wye Festival.

Pulp played at the 1500 capacity Gerrards Marquee yesterday. The 1hr 30 set, likely to be identical to their Homelands Festival appearance, consisted of Sorted For E's & Wizz, Weeds, Bad Cover Version, Common People (New Version), F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E (New Version), A Little Soul, Trees, Minnie Timperley, Party Hard, This Is Hardcore, Sunrise, Wicker Man, Help The Aged and The Fear. They were joined on stage by a new percussionist which pushed Pulp's live sound into new boundaries. Review & photos of the show will appear on the 'Live' Page during the first week of June.

16.03.01 Different Class Artwork.

Q Magazine have voted Different Class as the 19th greatest record sleeve of all time! It comes ahead of Blur's Parklife (45) and Radiohead's Ok Computer (20), but behind Oasis' Definitely Maybe (14), Suede's Coming Up (13) and Sex Pistols God Save The Queen (1).

23.01.01 Pulp to play Homelands.

Pulp will co-headline the Homelands Festival on 26 May 2001 (So let's hope there'll be a short tour during May!) See the news section on the Pulp People website for more details.

16.01.01 Pulp refuse to take part in V2001 promotion.

[NME.com] Pulp and Ian Brown have refused to take part in a V2001 promotion involving multi-national company Nestle. Following their refusal, the national secretary of the National Union of Students has threatened a campaign to boycott the festival because of the Nestle link. Pulp, Ian Brown and Dodgy were invited to be part of a major promotion on 33 million chocolate bars in the run-up to this year's V2001. But each of them has told nme.com that they declined because of what campaigners claim are Nestle's controversial marketing methods in developing countries - particularly regarding the concern that the company has not been adhering to international codes on the marketing of breast milk substitutes.

Pulp were asked to contribute a song to a CD as a promotion on wrappers of Aero, Yorkie, Munchies and Milky Bar. They issued the following statement to nme.com: "Pulp recently turned down a request from Nestle-Rowntree to use a picture of Jarvis and put a track on a giveaway CD to promote the company's chocolate bars. When, around the time of last year's V2000 Festival, they granted permission to Golden/Cinnamon Grahams to use a track on a giveaway CD, they were oblivious to the fact that there was a connection between these tasty and nutritious breakfast cereals and the World Health Organisation standard violating multi-national."

Nestle has issued a statement insisting that they market their products ethically. In part, it reads: "We endeavour to sell infant milk according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Code and within any national laws or guidelines. We put clear instructions for use on all our packs, including in pictoral form."

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