28th February 1996 - Humberside Ice Arena, Hull (live)


  • Date: Wednesday, 28th February 1996
  • Venue: Humberside Ice Arena
  • Location: Hull
  • Supported by:' Edwyn Collins

Additional musicians: Pablo Cook (percussion), Antony Genn (acoustic guitar) and Yvette Lacey (flute)


Chris Harvey in the Hull Daily Mail, 29th February 1996:

He may have caused a Brit of a rumpus on TV but last night Jarvis Cocker showed a packed Humberside Ice Arena he's a Different Class.

The lead singer of Sheffield band Pulp, no longer top of Michael Jackson's Christmas card list following his impromptu antics on stage at last week's Brit Awards, left no-one in any doubt who's the artist of THIS generation.

Cavorting around stage like a manic stick insect, Cocker treated the audience to his full repertoire.

From the symphonic opening to I Spy, the reincarnation of the Thin White Duke had the audience in the palm of his hand (along with bras, bags of crisps and other items thrown from the floor).

Do You Remember The First Time? kept the crowd rocking but this was far from the first time Pulp have appeared in Kingston upon Hull.

The band have been gigging for 15 years including several past appearances at the Adelphi, allowing Cocker to hone his act.

Despite lacking the pretty-boy looks of Blur's Damon Albarn and the menace of Oasis's Liam Gallagher, the snake-hipped singer has matured into the ideal 90s frontman.

Even a spot of contact lens trouble (caused by a flying fish scale!) couldn't put Cocker off his stride.

He whipped the crowd into a frenzy with old favourites such as Lipgloss mixed in with current hits from latest album Different Class, culminating in the anthemic Common People.

A brief break to lap up the applause was followed by superb encores including Disco 2000 and Mis-shapes before the capacity crowd drifted home after giving the band a rapturous send off.

It proved a fine night for the thirty-somethings with former Orange Juice lead singer Edwyn Collins rocking and rolling back the years with the first set of the night.

Scotsman Collins, enjoying a return to the limelight with current hits such as A Girl Like You, proved the perfect warm-up for Pulp and showed the youngsters in the audience there's life in the old dog yet.


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