Different Class / Deluxe Edition
Released: Feb 1996
Label: Island Records
You likely know "Common People," one of the best songs of the '90s, a punchy tale of an upper-crust gal wanting to slum and sleep with the commoners that flipped Britpop's working-class heroics on its head. But with Pulp's finely crafted brew of alt-rock and dance -- and Jarvis Cocker's sleazy/sexy mix of cockiness and vulnerability -- Different Class is full of comparable goodies: "Pencil Skirt" perfectly soundtracks an affair with one's secretary, "I Spy" continues that affair with science-fiction-like grandeur, and "Disco 2000" and "Underwear" will wilt anyone afflicted by unrequited love.