Pulp

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2008 (The 2009 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
His 'n' Hers (1994)
Different Class (1995)
This Is Hardcore (1998)

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Common People (1995)
Disco 2000 (1995)

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Will Pulp be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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Pulp has been Britain's most well kept secret. Obviously overshadowed by the Smiths and various Brit-Pop bands from there on, Pulp continued to be one of the most resilient and most innovative bands of their time. Is it any surprise he was invited by Morrissey himself to write fot Nancy Sinatra's last album, or asked to write AND perform some of the tracks on the last Harry Potter film? Jarvis Cocker and Company deserve to enter with their peers. If you've never heard of these Northerners, please check out the following: A Different Class, Hardcore, Primal (UK), and His n Hers.

Posted by Eddie on Tuesday, 01.16.07 @ 13:26pm


Pulp has a lot going for it, and almost all of it is in Britain. While they began putting out albums in the 1980s, they didn't really get notice until the 1990s, alongside Blur, Oasis, Suede, and the like. While they have just as much reason to be in the Hall as most artists, they're just too esoteric and too English to get in.

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, 03.6.07 @ 23:36pm


This is a big toss-up.
PRO: Great band, influential on the whole "guitar-based indie"/Britpop movement. Jarvis Cocker and Candida Doyle wrote some great songs.
CON: Never meant squat in America.

Posted by Ryan Gibbs on Saturday, 05.19.07 @ 14:02pm


Can you say PULP FICTION?? Their induction is not based on actual events that have occurred or will occur, not gonna happen. I hear the Hall of Fame is taking a cue from TROPICANA AND GOING PULP FREE!!

Posted by Jason on Saturday, 05.26.07 @ 14:24pm


"I hear the Hall of Fame is taking a cue from TROPICANA AND GOING PULP FREE!!"

That's good, cos its already a waste of good cash

Posted by liam on Saturday, 09.8.07 @ 07:55am


Seriously, even by an objective measurement, 54% is at least 34% too high for Pulp.

Especially in comparison to massively, massively, MASSIVELY innovative and influential groups like The Fall and Cocteau Twins, who get around 15% and less each.

It needs to be changed.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 03.29.08 @ 17:11pm


As an earlier post noted, they never meant anything in America. From what I've read they clearly were very popular in mid-90's Britian. I'll be the first to admit a lot of people swept up in American alternative rock in the 90's didn't really hear much in regards to the English music scene. I'm playing catch-up ball myself in this case. Outside of Oasis/Blur/Elastica, I only know Pulp, Suede, Echobelly, Shed Seven, etc. by name. Chances are there was probably more interesting underground stuff going on, but I figure I should at least listen to what the mainstream had to offer first. It would be hard to comprehend the underground of another country w/out the aboveground successes first. I'd like it if someone could tell me what ran counter to this in 90's Britian. Thanks.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 07.22.08 @ 05:28am


Pulp are one of the greatest bands of all-time, in my opinion, but I sadly doubt they will ever get in. As people have already said and said again, they were just never very popular outside of the United Kingdom--"Common People" is genius, but it's genius relatively few Americans are aware of. Which all but destroys their chance of getting in. Sorry, Jarvis. =(

If they did, by magic, get in, it won't be for a while--their 1980s records are obscure, they're obviously better known and loved for the '90s material, including His 'n' Hers, Different Class, and This Is Hardcore.

Posted by David on Sunday, 11.29.09 @ 22:51pm


Pulp is way too british for the hall, which is why they won't get in likely. They were an excellent band, one of the best of the britpop era, but they had virtually no chart success in the United States, which brings their chances down. I really want to see Pulp get in, but I doubt they will.

Posted by Matt on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 00:28am


I can't really add anything to what's been said. Ignore the first album. You can live without Freaks and Separations, but there's some interesting stuff on both; it's the '94-'98 that produced His n Hers, Different Class and This Is Hardcore. If you're at all interested in alternative music I highly reccomend all three. I Love Life is hardly essential but has some solid stuff like "Sunrise". Should Pulp get in? The answer to that falls somewhere between "possibly" and "probably", even if they won't.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 11.23.10 @ 10:08am


Oh and I agree with David. If by some miracle they get in (big if) it'll take awhile. Probably in the 2019-2022 period, 25 years after the His n Hers to This Is Hardcore period where they had the peak of their popularity, and also when critics really took notice of them.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 12.5.10 @ 06:13am


Going with GFW's way:

Innovation: Unsure, but I'm leaning yes, as they definitely sounded different when they made it big (one critic negatively called them "disco skiffle"). Where most "Britpop" groups channeled either punk/new wave or the 60's, Pulp seemed to be drawing mainly from Bowie (their only contemporaries also finding inspiration were Suede and Blur) and Roxy Music.

Influence: Unsure.

Sales: No, not really.

That's why they're listed as a minor in my snubs queue.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 03.25.11 @ 09:42am


See above

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 03.27.11 @ 07:26am


"As an earlier post noted, they never meant anything in America. From what I've read they clearly were very popular in mid-90's Britian. I'll be the first to admit a lot of people swept up in American alternative rock in the 90's didn't really hear much in regards to the English music scene. I'm playing catch-up ball myself in this case. Outside of Oasis/Blur/Elastica, I only know Pulp, Suede, Echobelly, Shed Seven, etc. by name."

Wow, I thought I was well-versed in the subject and I haven't even heard of Shed Seven until now. Any essential listening required, Cheesecrop? (Or anybody else who wants to weigh in?)

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 11.27.11 @ 12:30pm


During the stupidity of '95 when 'Blur or Oasis?' was being asked, the correct answer was actually 'Pulp'.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 08.30.15 @ 02:54am


During the stupidity of '95 when 'Blur or Oasis?' was being asked, the correct answer was actually 'Pulp'.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 08.30.15 @ 02:54am
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I'd have to disagree w/you here. I'm aware that the song "Common People" was treated w/reverence in 95. I've heard it, and I think it's o.k., but not super. Personally (personally :) ) I wouldn't put it above "Country House" or "Roll With It", which I believe were the two songs going at it around this time, two decades ago.

For what it's worth, Blur & Oasis are apples and oranges. One's a little more pop, the other a bit more rock. Both are good, depending upon what mood you're in.

When it comes to Pulp, I also think about the following:

Elastica - "Stutter"
Supergrass - "Alright"
Suede - "Metal Mickey"
Sleeper - "Inbetweener"
Menswear - "Daydreamer"

and a boatload of others...

Then I ask, where do they fit in on this scale?

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 08.30.15 @ 05:59am


Pulp, Suede, Manic Street Preachers, Elastica, then I start noticing that Blur and Oasis are there.

Posted by DarinRG on Sunday, 08.30.15 @ 15:44pm


Of course, those are just my personal preferences, but it was no mistake that we inducted both Blur and Oasis first ballot in Revisited/Projected. I know that the RRHoF won't follow suit, but both bands were so culturally, commercially and musically iconic to the 90s that they both deserve it.

Posted by DarinRG on Sunday, 08.30.15 @ 16:01pm


Pulp, Suede, Manic Street Preachers, Elastica, then I start noticing that Blur and Oasis are there.

Posted by DarinRG on Sunday, 08.30.15 @ 15:44pm
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Old age is doing a number on me... first I forgot Weird Al, a few days ago, & now the Manic Street Preachers...

Of course, if they knew it, they'd have the inspiration to sing a certain song, perhaps...

"Nobody Loves You"

btw, I forgot about the Stone Roses here as well.

Aahhh, senility... let it wash over me!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 08.31.15 @ 06:25am


Aahhh, senility... let it wash over me!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 08.31.15 @ 06:25am


I'm right there with you, brother.

Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 08.31.15 @ 15:52pm


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