Pulp, The Peel Sessions

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 04.04.11 in Reviews

The John Peel Sessions


Pulp’s first recording was the spiky, inchoate 1981 session for John Peel’s BBC radio show that opens this set. Then it jumps forward to 1993, by which point they’d opened themselves up to dance music and Jarvis Cocker had turned his attention to sex, class and escapism. Half of The Peel Sessions, though, comes from the final few months of the band’s original incarnation, the 2001 We Love Life tour on which they were in top form.