Pulp capped their triumphant two-show run last night (April 11) at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. These concerts returned them to U.S. shores for the first time in 14 years, and the band brought along big lights and a career-spanning set, highlighting their best moments from Different Class, This Is Hardcore and His ‘N’ Hers. Songs like “Disco 2000,” “Misshapes” and “Do You Remember the First Time?” reminded us of how rock and roll can be quite sexy and breathless, but at the same time, it wasn’t a serious show by any means. Eccentric frontman Jarvis Cocker took time between tracks to drink Brooklyn Lagers and red wine, and to discuss “this day in history” facts, like the fifth anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s death and the birth of Richard Berry in 1935 (he wrote “Louie Louie”).
But really, a Pulp show is all about listening to Cocker sing self-deprecating Britpop while wiggling his butt a bunch. In some other alternate universe, a terrible band like Maroon 5 would be writing a song called “Moves Like Jarvis,” and everyone would know exactly what that means: A man nearly 40 vogueing, while his wirery frame does a herky-jerky hip dance for nearly two straight hours.
Here’s Pulp’s setlist from night two at Radio City Music Hall
Do You Remember the First Time?/Monday Morning/Razzamatazz/Pencil Skirt/Something Changed/Disco 2000/Sorted for E’s and Wizz/F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E./I Spy/Babies/Underwear/This Is Hardcore/Sunrise/Bar Italian/Common People/Like a Friend/Bad Cover Version/Misshapes
Check out the photos from Hive photographer Loren Wohl: