For about ten minutes in the mid-90s (an entirely different era than the early 90s), BritPop made its way stateside. Oasis’ Gallagher brothers were busy drunkenly beating the piss out of each other literally and verbally, and Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon of Blur became the unwitting writers of the biggest hockey arena anthem ever, despite the rest of their catalog sounding nothing like “Song 2” (which was a piss-take on the Pixies’ “Tame” anyway). But under the radar, Jarvis Cocker’s Pulp was releasing consistently fantastic albums.
Front to back, Pulp may have the most consistent discography of the three, even if it’s the most sparse over nearly 20 years. The intermittently bearded Cocker and his bandmates peeled off three excellent releases in four years between 1994 and 1998, with His n’ Hers, Different Class, and We Love Life before effectively calling it quits in 2001. Since then they’ve played occasional one-off shows with no plans of any kind of real reunion, and Cocker himself has released a pair of solo albums, though his finest work remains with Pulp.