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His 'N' Hers
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All the Pulp albums come with the liner note "NB. Please do not read the lyrics whilst listening to the recording", a plea you'll inevitably break when you go rushing for the lyric book half way through the first song. Fans who were exposed to Pulp through "Different Class" might need a little time to let this album fully sink in (it takes about 4 or 5 listenings). But there is no excuse for owning "Different Class" and not this.
You can easily categorize Pulp's albums by theme. "Different Class" is the party album, full of sex, drugs, and the underdogs prevailing in life. "This is Hardcore" is their seedy, comedown-from-fame album. "His `n' Hers" is their most sexually charged record, with young people experimenting in sex being a prevailing theme throughout the 12 album tracks. Songs like "Acrylic Afternoons," the standout track "Do You Remember the First Time?" and "Pink Glove" all delve into this, while more mature songs like "Babies" and "Happy Endings" explore relationships and longing for something more than a "quick shag" (as the band would have put it.) Lyrically, "His `n' Hers" is not as full of dry wit and cynicism as the albums that came afterward, rather it is more of a storytelling album. While it is an excellent album, there are a few tracks that are forgettable and I often skip over them. "David's Last Summer", "Someone like the Moon," and "Have You Seen Here Lately?" are the weak links on the album, but having said that, they are hardly bad songs.
The new 2 CD re-issue is full of quality extras, which should please the die-hard fans as well as people buying the album for the first time. Many of the b-sides here have been previously released on various imports, but they are all here.Read more ›
I first came across Pulp after seeing them perform live on a UK late night music show in the very early 90's and they were performing tracks from this album as well as some of the 'b-sides' of Babies & Do you remember the first time singles. I was captivated straight away by Jarvis's performance and by fact that of the honesty of the lyrics and gimmicky electronica content.
I bought His n Hers the very next day and it remains one of my favourite ablums to this day. It has managed to stay fresh and somehow seems to throw up new emotions each time I listen to it.
Joyriders (the opening track) was never a favourite on the album, I have always thought it seemed out of place on the record. It seems like it belongs on an album that has never been released... Strange really!
Every track after Joyriders is superb, the obvious highlights are Babies and Do you remember the first time for first timers, but I bet, like me, they won't be your favourite tracks after a few listens... The way David's last summer builds and builds like an autumn storm until it reaches it's climax still sends little shivers down my spine to this day! For me, Acrylic Afternoons is another superb track that just seems to take your imagination for a ride each time you hear it, it's difficult to put into words,but I know that some people out there will know exactly what I mean.
The best advice I can give you would be to go out and buy this album, it is an absolute classic and along with the 'Pulp - Intro' album it will become intwined into your life.
I just wish Pulp could re-discover that element that made them so great at the time of the release of His n Hers. They are still a great band, but they used to be fantastic.
BUY IT... But don't read the lyrics whilst listening to the music!!
For this is classic Pulp. Sad, tragic and often seedy stories of shallow relationships, dependence on others and wasted lives - of poverty stricken slums where people have nothing to live for except sex.
Forget the cheap thrills of titles such as "Do you remember the first time" or "Joyriders". The stories contained within the album as a whole will move you, as they did me, almost to tears.
The songs speak for themselves:
"And now you feel such a fool for laughing at bad jokes and putting up with all of his friends, and kissing in public. What are they gonna say, when they run into you again?" - Lipgloss.
"No don't go round and see him tonight. He's already made such a mess of your life." - Have you seen her lately.
"I know you won't believe it's true, I only went with her 'cause she looks like you."
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the common people was written for his wife Varoufakis from there I met the band and where thrilled totragoudi of the songs BRAVOPublished 7 months ago by ALEXANDER BOUTSELIS
Almost as good as "Different Class." Also worth noting: the songs on the bonus disk are about as good as those on the main disk. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Some dude
A solid album that leads you to their next release well, where the production is improved and the vocals are solidified.Published 11 months ago by my alias
Almost sorry I bought it since it's so addictive. I think I've played it every day since I got it. Great voice, great concept. Read morePublished 16 months ago by peachfront
And just to see this monster to be
In vinyl format is mind blowing
The lyrics, the music, everything is genius
If u r not familiar... Read more
I read a great review on allmusic.com and wanted to give this a listen before i committed to the import vinyl price. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Curtis J. Neff
This was the album that started it all for Pulp, there are some grest songs on here like, Joyriders, Do You Remember The First Time and Lip gloss. Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by John O'neill
Actually, I never heard of Pulp until recently, but I knew of Jarvis Cocker from some work he did for the Total Lee! Lee Hazlewood tribute album. Read morePublished on April 30, 2010 by Kurt Harding