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"Pulp" are a rock band, formed in Sheffield, England in 1978, by then 15-year-old school-boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). They were originally known as "Arabacus Pulp", but this was soon shortened.

They are most famous in the UK, where their blend of disco-influenced pop-rock coupled with the amusing down-to-Earth kitchen-sink lyrics of lanky, rubber-limbed front-man Cocker saw them become popular during the mid 1990s.

They cite their influences as David Bowie, The Cure, The Beatles and The Kinks.


The first line-up was Cocker, David Lockwood, Mark Swift and Peter Dalton, though this soon disintegrated into a fairly un-set membership of Cocker and whoever else was around at the time. They played their first proper gig at Rotherham Arts Centre in July 1980, and made a demo tape the following year which they gave to the DJ John Peel. Amazingly they landed a Peel Session, and the tracks they recorded were pretty much in the typical Sheffield sound of the time (cf. Human League, Comsat Angels) - based on electronic new wave.

Despite the exposure on national radio, success was not forthcoming, and most of the then line-up left for university. A new set of mu...

years active 1978– 2002 (on hiatus)
origin Sheffield, United Kingdom
music genre Britpop, Post-punk
current members Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Mark Webber, Steve Mackey, Nick Banks
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