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Pulp: Common People (single)


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Credits

Releases

Date

Formats and catalogue numbers

Notes

22 May 1995

CD1 'day-time sleeve' - CID613

CD2 'night-time sleeve' - CIDX613

Cassette - CIS613

Original UK release.

CD1 'day-time sleeve':

  1. Common People (5:51)
  2. Underwear (4:07)
  3. Common People (7" edit) (4:07)

CD2 'night-time sleeve':

  1. Common People (5:51)
  2. Razzmatazz (acoustic version) (4:05)
  3. Dogs Are Everywhere (acoustic version) (3:05)
  4. Joyriders (acoustic version) (3:31)

CD2 came with a silver Pulp sticker.

Cassette:

  1. Common People (7" edit) (4:07)
  2. Underwear (4:07)
  3. Common People (5:51)

1995

CD - PHCR8341

Japanese release.

Tracklisting:

  1. Common People (Motiv8 Radio edit)
  2. Common People (Motiv8 Club Mix)
  3. Common People (Vocoda Mix)

1995

12" vinyl - 854 465-1

German promotional release.
The remixes on tracks 1 and 2 are not available anywhere else.

Tracklisting:

  1. Common People (Doggy Disco Mix) (11:10)
  2. Common People (TTP Understand The Acid Remix) (6:42)
  3. Common People (Motiv8 Club Mix) (7:50)

1996

CD - 854 689-2

European release.

Tracklisting:

  1. Common People ('96)*
  2. Do You Remember the First Time?
  3. Babies
  4. Mile End

* Same as the 7" edit except the word 'screw' is muted.

February 1996

CD - 854 577-2

French release.

Tracklisting:

  1. Common People
  2. Whiskey in the Jar (Black Session)
  3. 59 Lyndhurst Grove (Black Session)

Black Session tracks recorded 30 October 1995 (France Inter, Paris).

20 November 1996

12" vinyl - 12IS613

7" yellow vinyl - IS613

UK vinyl release.

7":

  1. Common People
  2. Underwear

12":

  1. Common People
  2. Underwear
  3. Common People (Motiv8 Club Mix)
  4. Common People (Vocoda Mix)

Sleeve notes

There is a war in progress - don't be a casual(ty). The time to decide whose side you're on is here. Choose wisely. Stay alive in '95.

Promotional video

Details here.

Reviews

NME, 13th May 95:

Mirth-quakingly obvious single of the week

When 'Common People' was first aired at Reading last year it seemed to your correspondent the most potent political statement of cultural ambivalence since the Manic Street Preachers. But that's festival "fever" for you. Herein lies a simple truth: artistic rich people are forever wishing to be artistic skint people in the name of empathy with the belaguered because guilt is the price of privilege. A sound pop idea honed eloquently into a grand colossus of vindication in velveteen trews, this is the one that bestrides Jarvis' gifts for jocular panache and moulded songsmithery and radiates in the pop nook this week as Pulp's very own 'Sympathy For The Devil'. With even more jokes.

'Underwear' is a calmer affair, with a sombre Jarvis noting, "If fashion is your trade / When you're naked / You must be unemployed, yeah?" thus skewering the very souls of several pop notables of the day, including himself. Peerless perfection. So next time some gimp supposes "You're that amusing curiosity from oop North, show us the pineapple up yer cardy" Jarvis can feel free to bend their limbs into an approximation of a poodle and attend his new Ronnie Corbett hairdo for Top Of The Pops with measured aplomb. Ruddy superb.

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Charts and sales

UK Singles Chart

Week

Date

Position

1

3 June '95

2

2

10 June '95

2

3

17 June '95

3

4

24 June '95

6

5

1 July '95

11

6

8 July '95

13

7

15 July '95

18

8

22 July '95

23

9

29 July '95

31

10

5 August '95

38

11

12 August '95

46

12

19 August '95

60

13

26 August '95

71

UK Sales Awards

Award

Copies sold*

Date

Silver

200,000

1 July 95

* Awards are based on wholesale rather than retail sales.

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