Although ‘Different Class’ established Pulp at the very forefront of British music in 1995, it was the previous album ‘His ‘n hers’ which had fulfilled their early promise. The classic song, ‘Babies’ featured as a track off teh cd and cassette of that album but strangely not on the vinyl. But vinyl lovers were catered for by it being available on this 12″ EP. (A 7″ was also available.
‘Babies’ is wonderful brilliant highly enjoyable dancefloor pop. I couldn’t love a song more if I tried. It tells the story of a younger sibling looking at the older sister as the sister’s boyfriend tries to get his end off, seductively telling her ‘I want to give you babies’.
The next song, ‘You sister’s clothes’ moves on four years(the younger sibling finally getting her revenge for earlier years’. Its a darker track, the ordinary made sinister by the exaggerated music and singing. Tensions lurks in those (synthesised) strings. Jervis mouths on in great form.
‘Seconds’ explores the idea that perfect people are perfectly boring!!! According to the sleevenotes 🙂 Its another great track, full of despair and attention yet sung in a wondeful pop manner, hopping keyboards and sweeping synths. Its truly majestic.
‘His ‘n hers’ is one man’s fear of domestic interiors set to music. Err, well that explains that then. Musically it is lighter in tone than ‘Seconds’ and contains wonderful keyboards and bass. Before turning paranoid.
The whole EP is perfect. None of these tracks are duds and match the best from the Pulp’s two classic pop albums. If you can find this definitely pick it up. The four songs are well spread out on this 45rpm 12″ vinyl and the sound is teh best you will ever hear from pop. The record is standard 12″ fare, outer picture sleeve and inner is plain white. But they generously include an ‘art print’ of the band.