Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pulp Still Sorted after All These Years

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pulp Still Sorted after All These Years

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Byline: ANDRE PAINE

PULP -- WIRELESS FESTIVAL Hyde Park JARVIS COCKER hails from Sheffield, but as he admitted at this reunion, a Pulp show in London is "a bit like a hometown concert" because this is where many of their classic songs were written.

The Britpop veterans wrapped up Wireless in front of more than 45,000 fans, with support from The Horrors and their gothic grooves, a pole-dancing Grace Jones, and Foals, who deserve to headline a major festival.

Not that there's anything wrong with old-timers topping the bill after nine years away. The huge audience at Glastonbury underlined the adoration for Pulp's bittersweet party tunes, and there was a similarly celebratory atmosphere in Hyde Park. Do You Remember the First Time? launched a series of giddy singalongs and the band sounded better than ever, even if they are now "old farts" as Cocker suggested. He seemed unaffected by the passage of time, though, and dominated proceedings whether singing, performing scissor kicks or recounting experiences with dangerous joggers in the Royal Park. …

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