Pulp’s His ‘N’ Hers may not be the album that brought them international fame, but it’s darker, less poppy, theme of twitching net curtains in England’s suburbia, make it a truly classic album.
Different Class is the album that propelled Pulp into national fame in the UK in the mid 90’s, but His n’ Hers was their breakthrough album. Less poppy, tighter, and more focused and ultimately more enduring. In 1998, Q Magazine readers voted it the 70th greatest album of all time.
It’s a themed work, it’s about life, relationships, skewed love, and sex in England’s suburbia. It is a deeply sexy album, one that makes the young feel romantic and the old feel young.
If you don’t own this album, worse if you’ve never heard it, you owe it to yourself to get a copy, but if you get the Vinyl, you’ll miss one of Pulp’s best songs, “Babies”.
Joyriders: A song all about kids stealing cars for entertainment, the inevitable outcome?
Lipgloss: “No wonder you’re looking thin, when all that you live on is lipgloss and cigarettes.”
Acrylic Afternoons: A song about what goes on in the city suburbs during the day when the hubby is at work…I love the partially closed, face hidden waiting, slightly naughty feel of this image.
Have You Seen Her Lately?: “No don’t go round to see him tonight, he’s already made such a mess of your life. Find something else to do with your time…”
Babies: From the perspective of a young teenage boy, the prospect of the girlfriend’s more experienced elder sister becomes too much of a temptation? One of my all-time favorite songs. The story plays out with a great twist at the end.
She’s a Lady: What the bar looks like when your head is resting upon it. “Whilst you were gone… I went drinking every night, just so I could feel alright.”
Happy Endings: “Well, imagine it’s a film and you’re the star and pretty. Soon, we’re coming to the part where you realize that you should give your heart…”
Do You Remember the First Time?: A song about a man in love with a woman trapped in a relationship going nowhere. She’s bored. He’s desperate.
Pink Glove: “You’d better watch what you’re wearing, if you want him to come round and see you tonight. He doesn’t care what it looks like, just as long as it’s pink and it’s tight.”
Someone Like the Moon: A beautiful image just a literal translation of the title.
David’s Last Summer: This song is all about a summer romance from the eyes of the boy. It’s all about parks and parties and time spent together.