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Pulp: Leadmill, Sheffield

Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 18 February 1989

PULP HAVE splashed this strangely since 1979. That's 10 years of comic tension, a decade of bizarre normality. Pulp wear wing-collar shirts borrowed from Man About The House. It all adds up to a curious pastiche or grotesque elevation of Northern Working Class Culture until keyboardist Candida drops us into 'Don't You Want Me Any More?', an emphatic electro arabesque of early Eighties vintage. Pulp recapture Sudden Sway's predilection for the florid and the sordid, the sublime and the gorblimey. Singer Jarvis is a classic post-Iggy crooner with a voice as lugubriously deadpan, as definitively Yorkshire as Oakey.

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