So this weekend legendary Brit Pop outfit Pulp (straight outta sheffield, thank you very much) reunited at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. Truth be told – along with the friends I had playing on the lineup – this was a major motivation to fly to a whole other country to get the full experience. Have I ever spent that much money and that many frequent flier miles for a concert? Hell no. Was it worth it? You bet your badge pins.
Pulp headlined the San Miguel mainstage the second night of the fest, and it was clear from the opening of the gates where people would be (physically, emotionally, out of body experience-ly) from the get go. By the time we got there it was 1:45 in the morning and the entire stage was enshrouded in a black curtain while lasers spelled out phrases in Spanish that danced across the front. Describing the audio element of the crowd as a roar is an understatement.
After what seemed like forever the opening bars of “Do You Remember the First Time” stretched out over our heads and the stagehands ripped the fabric down to reveal larger than life neon letters P-U-L-P blazing. It also revealed that Russell Senior was indeed on stage, and frontman Jarvis Cocker whipped the crowd into a frenzy with the proclamation of “This evening is not about ancient history, we are going to make history.” The crowd, of course, reciprocated the enthusiasm. Then he went, “So what have you been up to in the last 15 years?” Thus begins my open letter to Jarvis.
Good question. Because 15 years ago I had Different Class memorized note for note. The REAL question at the heart of the matter was what we’ve all been up to for the past 9 years, aka SINCE YOUR BREAKUP. Which I obviously have yet to get over. DUH. Here is what I have been up to:
- being inexplicably attracted to spry manorexic UK creative types in giant glasses
- watching hours of MTV news to record the BRIT awards Michael Jackson stage invasion clip on VHS in 1996
- sitting through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to see just seconds of The Weird Sisters play “Do the Hippogriff” at the Hogwarts dance (PS the full length is in the deleted scenes)
- waking up at an un-Godly hour for a week to catch the online stream of your ‘life installation‘ at the Galerie Chappe in Paris- props for the Pilates classes and that live cover of “Eye of the Tiger”
- eating, breathing, and sleeping that Discodeine “Synchronize” single since this fall
- 30 seconds of stalking what might have been you in McCarren Park (questionable judgement on my part)
So yeah, 15 years. Tonight was worth the wait. Thank you.
Pulp at Primavera Sound May 26 2011 Setlist:
Do You Remember The First Time
Sorted For Es And Wizz
Feeling Called Love
This Is Hardcore