"Mis-Shapes" is a song by Sheffield band Pulp. Taken from the number-one album Different Class, it was released as a double A-sided single with "Sorted for E's & Wizz" in September 1995, reached number two in the UK charts; the single was Pulp's second successive number two hit in 1995, "Common People" having reached the same position in June. Despite being Pulp's second biggest hit it did not feature on their best of album Hits. All songs written and composed by Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle and Mark Webber. 7" vinyl / cassette single7" was released in November 1996."Mis-Shapes" – 3:45 "Sorted for E's & Wizz" – 3:42CD single one / 12" vinyl12" was released in 1996."Mis-Shapes" – 3:45 "Sorted for E's & Wizz" – 3:42 "P. T. A." – 3:15 "Common People" – 7:38CD single two"Sorted for E's & Wizz" – 3:42 "Mis-Shapes" – 3:45 "Common People" – 7:50 "Common People" – 6:18 Jarvis Cocker: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar Russell Senior: Electric Guitar Mark Webber: Electric Guitar Candida Doyle: Piano, Synthesizers Anne Dudley: Strings Steve Mackey: Bass Guitar Nick Banks: Drums Mis-Shapes & Sorted For E's & Wizz at Discogs Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
The Peel Sessions (Pulp album)
The Peel Sessions is a double live album by Pulp released on 23 October 2006, containing the recordings the band made for John Peel's Radio 1 show and live performances, broadcast by the BBC. The first disc features all songs performed "live in the studio" during the band's four visits to the John Peel show; the first performance include unreleased material from Pulp's earliest era. Other three sessions are from His'n' Hers, Different Class and We Love Life periods; the last track on CD 1 is "Duck Diving", Jarvis Cocker's reading of a story Return to Air, written by Philippa Pearce. The second disc consist of actual live performances, it opens with Pulp's complete set performed at the BBC's 40 Years in Broadcasting Celebrations for John Peel. The remainder are portions of performances which were broadcast by the BBC. Disc one"Turkey Mambo Momma" – 2:54 "Please Don't Worry" – 3:21 "Wishful Thinking" – 4:18 "Refuse to Be Blind" – 4:28 "Pink Glove" – 5:09 "You're a Nightmare" – 5:21 "Acrylic Afternoons" – 3:46 "Underwear" – 4:13 "Common People" – 5:53 "Pencil Skirt" – 3:24 "Sunrise" – 5:58 "Weeds" – 3:46 "I Love Life" – 5:10 "Duck Diving" – 6:34All tracks recorded in John Peel's studio.
Tracks 1-4 recorded on 7 November 1981. Tracks 5-7 recorded on 7 February 1993. Tracks 8-10 recorded on 9 September 1994. Tracks 11-14 recorded on 12 August 2001. Disc two"Theme from Peter Gunn" – 4:06 "Sorted for E's & Wizz" – 4:11 "Help the Aged" – 4:14 "This Is Hardcore" – 7:05 "Sunrise" – 6:06 "Mile End" – 4:29 "Do You Remember the First Time?" – 4:00 "Babies" – 4:10 "Weeds" – 3:44 "Weeds II" – 4:52 "The Fear" – 5:23 "The Trees" – 4:42 "I Love Life" – 4:44 "Party Hard" – 4:41 " Common People" – 7:34Tracks 1-5 recorded on Kings College, 11 October 2001. Tracks 6-8 recorded on Bristol Anson, 21 April 1995. Tracks 9-15 recorded on Birmingham Academy, 31 October 2001. Jarvis Cocker - vocals, percussion Russell Senior - guitar, violin Candida Doyle - keyboards Mark Webber - guitar Steve Mackey - bass Nick Banks - drums Richard Hawley - guitar Peter Dalton - synthesiser, guitar, backing vocals, percussion Jamie Pinchbeck - bass, percussion Wayne Furniss - drums, percussion The Peel Sessions at YouTube
Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is an American global music corporation, a subsidiary of the French media conglomerate Vivendi. UMG's global corporate headquarters are located in California, it is considered one of the "Big Three" record labels, along with Warner Music Group. Since 2004, the corporation is no longer related to the film studio Universal Studios. Universal Music was once the record company attached to film studio Universal Pictures; the company's origins go back to the formation of the American branch of Decca Records in September 1934. The Decca Record Co. Ltd. of England spun American Decca off in 1939. MCA Inc. merged with American Decca in 1962. In November 1990, Japanese multinational conglomerate Matsushita Electric agreed to acquire MCA for $6.59 billion. In 1995, Seagram acquired 80 percent of MCA from Matsushita. On December 9, 1996, the company was renamed Universal Studios, Inc. and its music division was renamed Universal Music Group. In May 1998, Seagram purchased PolyGram and merged it with Universal Music Group in early 1999.
With the 2004 acquisition of Universal Studios by General Electric and merging with GE's NBC, Universal Music Group was cast under separate management from the eponymous film studio. This is the second time a music company has done so, the first being the separation of Time Warner and Warner Music Group. In February 2006, the label became 100 percent owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi when Vivendi purchased the last 20 percent from Matsushita. On June 25, 2007, Vivendi completed its €1.63 billion purchase of BMG Music Publishing, after receiving European Union regulatory approval, having announced the acquisition on September 6, 2006. Doug Morris stepped down from his position as CEO on January 1, 2011. Former chairman/CEO of Universal Music International Lucian Grainge was promoted to CEO of the company. Grainge replaced him as chairman on March 9, 2011. Morris became the next chairman of Sony Music Entertainment on July 1, 2011. With Grainge's appointment as CEO at UMG, Max Hole was promoted to COO of UMGI, effective July 1, 2010.
Starting in 2011 UMG's Interscope Geffen A&M Records will be signing contestants from American Idol/Idol series. On January 2011, UMG announced it was donating 200,000 master recordings from the 1920s to 1940s to the Library of Congress for preservation. In March 2011, Barry Weiss became chairman and CEO of The Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Republic Records. Both companies were restructured under Weiss. In December 2011, David Foster was named Chairman of Verve Music Group. In 2011, EMI sold its recorded music operations to Universal Music Group for £1.2 billion and its music publishing operations to a Sony-led consortium for $2.2 billion. Among the other companies that had competed for the recorded music business was Warner Music Group, reported to have made a $2 billion bid. IMPALA opposed the merger. In March 2012, the European Union opened an investigation into the acquisition The EU asked rivals and consumer groups whether the deal would result in higher prices and shut out competitors.
On September 21, 2012, the sale of EMI to UMG was approved in Europe and the United States by the European Commission and Federal Trade Commission respectively. However, the European Commission approved the deal only under the condition the merged company divest one third of its total operations to other companies with a proven track record in the music industry. UMG divested Mute Records, Roxy Recordings, MPS Records, Cooperative Music, Now That's What I Call Music!, Universal Greece, Sanctuary Records, Chrysalis Records, EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, EMI's European regional labels to comply with this condition. UMG retained The Beatles and Robbie Williams; the Beatles catalogue was transferred to UMG's newly formed Calderstone Productions, while Williams' catalogue was transferred to Island Records. Universal Music Group completed their acquisition of EMI on September 28, 2012. In November 2012, Steve Barnett was appointed CEO of Capitol Music Group, he served as COO of Columbia Records. In compliance the conditions of the European Commission after purchase of EMI, Universal Music Group sold the Mute catalogue to the German-based BMG Rights Management on December 22, 2012.
Two months BMG acquired Sanctuary Records for €50 million. On November 8, 2012, Universal Music and Hewlett-Packard launched a marketing operation that allows customers with an HP computer with HP Connected Music software to access music from Universal artists, as well as exclusive content. On February 8, 2013, Warner Music Group acquired the Parlophone Label Group for $765 million. In February, Sony Music Entertainment acquired Universal's European share in Now That's What I Call Music for $60 million. Play It Again Sam acquired Co-Operative Music for £500,000 in March 2013. With EMI's absorption into Universal Music complete, its British operations will consist of five label units: Island, Decca, Virgin EMI and Capitol. In April 2013, Universal Music Greece was sold to Victoras Antippas, who renamed the company Cobalt Music. Edel AG acquired the MPS catalogue from Universal in January 2014. On March 20, 2013, UMG announced the worldwide extension of their exclusive distribution deal with the Disney Music Group, excluding Japan and Russia.
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Pulp were an English rock band formed in Sheffield in 1978. Their best-known line-up from their heyday consisted of Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Russell Senior, Mark Webber, Steve Mackey and Nick Banks. Throughout the 1980s, the band struggled to find success, but gained prominence in the UK in the mid-1990s with the release of the albums His'n' Hers in 1994 and Different Class in 1995, which reached the number one spot in the UK Albums Chart; the album spawned four top ten singles, including "Common People" and "Sorted for E's & Wizz", both of which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart. Pulp's musical style during this period consisted of disco influenced pop-rock coupled with references to British culture in their lyrics in the form of a "kitchen sink drama"-style. Cocker and the band became reluctant figures in the Britpop movement, were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 1994 for His'n' Hers. Pulp headlined the Pyramid Stage of the Glastonbury Festival twice and were regarded among the Britpop "big four", along with Oasis and Suede.
The band released We Love Life, in 2001, after which they entered an extended hiatus, having sold more than 10 million records. Pulp reunited and played live again in 2011, with dates at the Isle of Wight Festival and Leeds Festivals, Sziget Festival, Primavera Sound, the Exit festival, the Wireless Festival. A number of additional concert dates have since been added to their schedule. In January 2013 Pulp released "After You", a re-recording of a We Love Life demo track, as a digital download single, it was the band's first single release since "Bad Cover Version" in 2002. On 9 March 2014 Pulp and filmmaker Florian Habicht premiered the feature documentary Pulp: A Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets at SXSW Music and Film Festival in Austin, Texas; the film toured the international film festival circuit and was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories in the US in November 2014. It is the first film about Pulp, made in collaboration with the band. Pulp were formed in 1978 at The City School in Sheffield by Jarvis Cocker 15-years-old, Peter Dalton 14.
Cocker's original preference was to name the band after the film Pulp starring Michael Caine, though it was decided that this was too short. Instead, the two took inspiration from a copy of the Financial Times which listed the Arabicas coffee bean in its commodity index. Cocker and Dalton used this, with a slight spelling change, the band became "Arabicus". Early rehearsals took place in Cocker's house and featured Cocker and Dalton's younger brother Ian. After deciding on "Arabicus Pulp", a fixed line-up was established: Cocker and two friends of theirs, David Lockwood and Mark Swift; the band played their first public gig at Rotherham Arts Centre in July 1980. That year, Cocker met future member, Russell Senior who recognised Cocker from his charismatic sales techniques in his part-time job at the local fish market, their musical style at this time was varied described as "a cross between ABBA and The Fall". A local fanzine noted this eclecticism, describing them as sounding "as if they listen to the John Peel show every night in an endless quest for influences".
Indeed, in October 1981, they gave a demo tape to Peel. The session was a giant leap forward for the young band, who became well-known on the local music scene as a result; the tracks recorded were in the typical Sheffield sound of the time: electronic new wave and post-punk. These tracks were released in 2006 on The Peel Sessions compilation. Despite their exposure on national radio, success was not forthcoming and, apart from Cocker, most of the core line-up left for university. Soon, a new set of musicians was gathered: Simon Hinkler, David Hinkler, Wayne Furniss, Peter Boam, Gary Wilson, Cocker's sister, Saskia, they managed to get enough local backing to record a mini-album in late 1982, entitled It, released in April 1983 by Red Rhino Records. This consisted of folkish, romantic pop songs influenced by Leonard Cohen and was a change of direction from the Peel Sessions two years earlier; the album was released by Cherry Red Records. Though It failed commercially and fame was still elusive, the band continued to seek commercial success to the point of recording a single, "Everybody's Problem"/"There Was".
The single demonstrated a style shift advised by Red Rhino's Tony Perrin who had convinced Cocker that he "could write commercial songs like Wham!". This approach failed and Cocker was becoming unhappy with his chosen musical direction, he was set to break up the band and go to university himself before a practice with Russell Senior and Magnus Doyle led to the establishment of a new, more experimental and noisier direction for Pulp. They were subsequently augmented by Tim Allcard; the new incarnation of Pulp survived a number of ill-fated gigs before Allcard left to be replaced on keyboards by Magnus Doyle's sister Candida. Following her first performance with the band, they were signed to Fire Records. Soon after signing to Fire, in November 1985, Cocker fell out of a window while trying to impress a girl with a Spider-Man impression and ende
"Everybody's Problem" is the second single by English alternative rock band Pulp, released in 1983. "Everybody's Problem"/"There Was" was a follow up single to the band's debut album and demonstrated a style shift advised by Red Rhino's Tony Perrin who had convinced Cocker that he "could write commercial songs like Wham!". However, the single failed to achieve any success at that time with Jarvis Cocker becoming unhappy with his chosen musical direction, which led to various lineup changes and the establishment of a new, more experimental and noisier direction for Pulp. Neither "Everybody's Problem" or "There Was" featured on the original release of the first album It. However, both were included as bonus tracks on the deleted CD reissue of the album in 1994 by Cherry Red. Since Cherry Red re-released "Everybody's Problem" with and without "There Was..." on various compilation albums, most on their 2013 box set Scared to Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989. The original single is now a collector's item.
"Everybody's Problem" – 3:13 "There Was..." – 3:31
Britpop was a UK-based music and culture movement in the mid-1990s which emphasised "Britishness", produced brighter, catchier alternative rock in reaction to the popularity of the darker lyrical themes of the US-led grunge music, an alternative rock genre, to the UK's own shoegazing music scene. The most successful bands linked with the movement are Blur, Oasis and Pulp; the timespan of Britpop is considered to be 1993–1997, with 1994–1995, a chart battle between Blur and Oasis dubbed "The Battle of Britpop", being the epicentre of activity. While music was the main focus, fashion and politics got involved, with artists such as Damien Hirst being involved in creating videos for Blur, being labelled as Britart or Britpop artists, Tony Blair and New Labour aligning themselves with the movement. Though Britpop is viewed as a marketing tool, more of a cultural moment than a musical style or genre, there are musical conventions and influences the bands grouped under the Britpop term have in common, such as showing elements from the British pop music of the 1960s, glam rock and punk rock of the 1970s, indie pop of the 1980s in their music.
Britpop was a media-driven focus on bands which emerged from the independent music scene of the early 1990s—and was associated with the British popular cultural movement of Cool Britannia which evoked the Swinging Sixties and the British guitar pop music of that decade. In the wake of the musical invasion into the United Kingdom by American grunge bands, new British groups such as Blur and Suede launched the movement by positioning themselves as opposing musical forces, referencing British guitar music of the past and writing about uniquely British topics and concerns; these bands were soon joined by others including Oasis, The Verve, Cast and Elastica. Britpop groups brought British alternative rock into the mainstream and formed the backbone of a larger British cultural movement called Cool Britannia. "The Battle of Britpop" brought Britpop to the forefront of the British press in 1995. By 1997, the movement began to slow down; the popularity of the pop group the Spice Girls "snatched the spirit of the age from those responsible for Britpop".
Although its more popular bands were able to spread their commercial success overseas to the United States, the movement fell apart by the end of the decade. Though Britpop is seen retrospectively as a marketing tool, more of a cultural moment than a musical style or genre, there are musical conventions and influences the bands grouped under the Britpop term have in common. Britpop bands show elements from the British pop music of the Sixties, glam rock and punk rock of the Seventies, indie pop of the Eighties in their music and clothing. Specific influences vary: Blur and Oasis drew from the Kinks, early Pink Floyd and the Beatles while Elastica had a fondness for arty punk rock, notably Wire. Regardless, Britpop artists project a sense of reverence for British pop sounds of the past; the Kinks' Ray Davies and XTC's Andy Partridge are sometimes advanced as the "godfathers" or "grandfathers" of Britpop. Alternative rock acts from the indie scene of the Eighties and early Nineties were the direct ancestors of the Britpop movement.
The influence of the Smiths is common to the majority of Britpop artists. The Madchester scene, fronted by the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets, was an immediate root of Britpop since its emphasis on good times and catchy songs provided an alternative to the British-based shoegazing and American based grunge styles of music. Pre-dating Britpop by four years, Liverpool based group The La's hit single "There She Goes" was described by Rolling Stone as a "founding piece of Britpop's foundation." Local identity and regional British accents are common to Britpop groups, as well as references to British places and culture in lyrics and image. Stylistically, Britpop bands use catchy hooks and lyrics that were relevant to young British people of their own generation. Britpop bands conversely denounced grunge as irrelevant and having nothing to say about their lives. Damon Albarn of Blur summed up the attitude in 1993 when after being asked if Blur were an "anti-grunge band" he said, "Well, that's good.
If punk was about getting rid of hippies I'm getting rid of grunge." In spite of the professed disdain for the genres, some elements of both crept into the more enduring facets of Britpop. Noel Gallagher has since championed Ride and once stated that Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was the only songwriter he had respect for in the last ten years, that he felt their music was similar enough that Cobain could have written "Wonderwall". By 1996, Oasis's prominence was such that NME termed a number of Britpop bands "Noelrock", citing Gallagher's influence on their music. Journalist John Harris typified these bands, Gallagher, of sharing "a dewy-eyed love of the 1960s, a spurning of much beyond rock's most basic ingredients, a belief in the supremacy of'real music'"; the imagery associated with Britpop was British and working class. A rise in unabashed maleness, exemplified by Loaded magazine and lad culture in general, would be much part of the Britpop era; the Union Jack became a prominent symbol of the movement and its use as a symbol of pride and nationalism contrasted with the controversy that erupted just a few years before when former Smiths singer Morrissey performed draped in it.
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Separations is the third studio album by English rock band Pulp, released on 19 June 1992 by Fire Records. Recorded in 1989, it was belatedly released in 1992 by the independent record label Fire, having been released in France in 1991 on Rosebud Records; the songs on the second half of the album range between electronic synthpop and experimental acid house styles, while the first half contains songs more typical of Pulp's late 80s music. The album was remastered by Fire in 2012 along with 1983's It and 1987's Freaks; this re-release took several delays as the first stated release date was 8 August 2011 while the albums came out on 13 February 2012. An announcement in the interim stated that the albums would be remastered with new bonus tracks to be added to the track listings as well as new artwork and liner notes from music journalist Everett True; this re-release gives an opportunity to hear "Death Comes to Town", released in 2005 only on CD that accompanied Sheffield journalist Martin Lilleker's book Beats Working for a Living.
This 22-song CD featured rare tracks from some of the bands featured in the book. "Death Goes To The Disco" and "Is This House?" are remixes of "Death Comes To Town" and "This House Is Condemned" respectively. The bonus track "Is This House?" on the 2012 edition is labelled incorrectly. This track is taken from "My Legendary Girlfriend" single, where two remixes of the song "This House Is Condemned" by Parrot & Winston can be found, but it is in fact the remix titled "This House Is Condemned" Except where noted, all tracks were written by Jarvis Cocker. Pulp Jarvis Cocker – vocals, guitar Steve Mackey – bass Candida Doyle – keyboards Nick Banks – drums Russell Senior – guitar, violinAdditional personnel Alan Fisch – engineering Martyn Broadhead – sleeve design basis Alex Hornsby – layout, additional design Separations at YouTube