Pulp, It (2012) [Remastered]

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 04.04.12 in Reviews
A curious game of spot-the-influences

Five years into their career — and with only a couple of members, notably frontman Jarvis Cocker, left from their original lineup — Pulp finally got around to making their first mini-album (the title is a pun on “pulpit”) in 1983. It’s fascinatingly far away from what they’d become, and a curious game of spot-the-influences: Cocker’s nasal baritone recalls Scott Walker (who would later produce the band) and Orange Juice’s Edwyn Collins in turn, there’s a bit of ragtime on “Love Love,” and “Looking for Life” hints at Blue Orchids’ garage-organ trudge. Mostly, though, it’s worth hearing for fans to get a sense of how much the band grew in its early years, how clearly Cocker knew from the get-go that he wanted to strike exactly the right aesthetic pose, and how hard he had to struggle to find it. The 2012 reissue appends two more songs and two alternate mixes from that era, including the single version of their heavily Postcard Records-inspired debut single “My Lighthouse.”