December 18, 2003

Pulp - F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E

There are many Pulp tracks I could have chosen, given that I've got almost everything they've ever produced. In fact, I think Pulp are the only band I've ever seen live more than once. I chose F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E because I like it, and because of it's role in the rehabilitation of spelling into the art of songwriting.

Spelling is a little used technique, lyrically, but has come from strong beginnings. Soul music showed us the way, with Carla Thomas' B-A-B-Y as a fine early example, followed not long after by Aretha's Respect. However, in the Seventies, spelling was led down a bit of a blind alley by The Village People and Ottawan with Y.M.C.A (hmm... that's not really spelling is it?) and D.I.S.C.O.. Pulp have rescued spelling from that backwater, and passed the baton to 50 Cent with his P.I.M.P..

Posted by Adrian at December 18, 2003 11:39 PM | TrackBack

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