I'll Be Punished
by Dan
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Pulp - "Pink Glove (Peel Session)"
the day's work


Of Montreal - "Requiem for O.M.M.2. (Daytrotter Session)"

NOTE: sample triangle will not work for this song. please visit the link to hear it.

This reminds me of hearing Fiery Furnaces acoustic stuff, where the simplicity and strength of the melodies come up to the surface like pulling a house out of a lake. Woah, that was down there? Of course! What did you think the fish were living in?

[the last time I wrote about this song]

Posted by Dan at October 30, 2006 3:32 AM

Interesting post! I disagree, reading can always surprise you...but it's an interesting concept of understanding writing as the past tense.

Posted by Sean at October 30, 2006 4:23 AM

the form of today's post is innovation & i like firsts.

Posted by BMR at October 30, 2006 8:06 AM

Dan, this entire post is pretty astonishing. Way to go, man.

Posted by Matthew at October 30, 2006 10:44 AM


Posted by brian mcawesome at October 30, 2006 12:39 PM

Dan. you're lovely. No one ever writes about Pulp. I love Pulp. They're the best. So sexy. And your presentation is so innovative.
Love ya, Dan.

Posted by Joel Taylor at October 30, 2006 4:56 PM

that's why reading a book for the first time can be the absolute best thing imaginable because, it's an entire surprise. and if you have a memory like mine, it's there to read again in several years, ready to surprise you all over.

keeep up the good work.

Posted by matthew hovey kemp at November 4, 2006 12:47 PM

Pulp was coming to San Francisco, mid-'90s. I have no idea what was going on that night, but I couldn't get anyone to go with me, so I simply showed and went alone. Or maybe I went with someone dull. Either way, not my favorite way to see a show.

They were playing the Fillmore, which I thought was a little big for them. This was late '94. The set list, of course, is online. That's how I know.

Throughout, it was a mixed show. They worked hard, but the surprisingly packed crowd did not respond that much. JC (nice inits, huh?) tried to tell them how it went; he would hand off the energy to us, we were to hand it back. Good moments ('Razzmatazz', say) mixed with slack ones.

Then he launched into Common People, which as I remember had not been released. The crowd perked up a little. Mr. Cocker sang his skinny little heart out. It worked. It worked in a way I have rarely seen before or since. A crowd full of strangers who had never heard a tune before that moment responded in a wave, in that way of which I am suspicious when the response is to a band's Big Hit. Except none of them had ever heard the song before. It was electric. That moment, I was convinced Pulp were the greatest band in the universe. I was, alas, equally convinced nobody else would ever care again. When has a great song ever guaranteed anything?

That their composition became an international sensation was extremely gratifying.

Still, never as great as that one moment. I think we recognized ourselves in those lyrics, we privileged hipoisie It was our confessional.

Plus, it is an amazing tune.

So yeah, thanks for the Pulp. Nice reminder.

Posted by wcw at November 5, 2006 8:29 PM

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