Pulp - Common People (Official Video)

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Music video by Pulp performing Common People. (C) 1996 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

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Don’t worry. You’re not the only one who is listening to this masterpiece in 2021.

Author — Felix Jenkins

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This is one of only a few songs I can think of that has something to say, but also doesn't take itself too seriously. That is extremely rare in music, and art in general for that matter. It's the Kurt Vonnegut of songs.

Author — Jesse James Ainger

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"Laugh along with the common people, even though they're really laughing at you, and the stupid things you do, because you think that poor is cool." No one understands the disaffected children of the bourgeoisie like Jarvis.

Author — Llew Mills

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There's something deeply satisfying about patronising the moneyed class.

Author — Radagast-2013

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This is one of the most lyrically impressive songs I've ever heard.

Author — Dirty Harry

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Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Elastica every head must bow and every tongue must confess. They all wrote great songs one way or the other.

Author — Joe Volpini

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I love the way he gets more agressive with the phrase "Wanna live with common people like you" when he repeats it at the end. It's pretty much him being like "The AUDACITY of this BITCH."

Author — KayAechBee

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@ the middle class teens that think the working class 'lifestyle' is so aesthetic

Author — Peaky Edits

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This gets better with age. Pure genius! 1995 was a banging year for Brit Pop and all music in general!! The nostalgia is killing me right now.

Author — Carl Rhodes

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i walked past jarvis a few weeks ago and he must have noticed i recognised him because he looked at me and pulled a silly face/stuck his tongue out. it was a strange moment lol

Author — LTM

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The people who disliked this need a COVID test, because they’ve got no taste...

Author — Fantastic Mr Fox

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This is one of the most British videos on all of YouTube.

Author — dildonius

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LYRICS

She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge
She studied sculpture at Saint Martin's College
That's where I
Caught her eye
She told me that her dad was loaded
I said, in that case I'll have rum and Coca-Cola
She said fine
And then in thirty seconds time she said

I wanna live like common people
I wanna do whatever common people do
Wanna sleep with common people
I wanna sleep with common people
Like you
Oh what else could I do
I said I'll, I'll see what I can do

I took her to a supermarket
I don't know why
But I had to start it somewhere
So it started there
I said pretend you've got no money
She just laughed and said
Oh you're so funny
I said; yeah
I can't see anyone else smiling in here
Are you sure?

You wanna live like common people
You wanna see whatever common people see
Wanna sleep with common people
You wanna sleep with common people
Like me
But she didn't understand
She just smiled and held my hand

Rent a flat above a shop
Cut your hair and get a job
Smoke some fags and play some pool
Pretend you never went to school
But still you'll never get it right
'Cause when you're laid in bed at night
Watching roaches climb the wall
If you called your dad he could stop it all, yeah

You'll never live like common people
You'll never do whatever common people do
You'll never fail like common people
You'll never watch your life slide out of view
And you dance and drink and screw
Because there's nothing else to do

Sing along with the common people
Sing along and it might just get you through
Laugh along with the common people
Laugh along even though they're really laughing at you
And the stupid things that you do
Because you think that poor is cool

Wanna live with common people like you
Wanna live with common people like you
Wanna live with common people like you
Wanna live with common people like you
Wanna live with common people like you
Wanna live with common people like you
I wanna live with common people like you
Oh, la, la, la, la
Oh, la, la, la, la
Oh, la, la, la, la
Oh, la, la, la, la
Oh you

Author — Alexandra Garrido

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I lived in Chelsea during this period of Cool Britannia / Brit Pop . It was just the coolest time ever . Music, fashion, food and art where all perfectly aligned . Incredible times

Author — Christopher H

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Jarvis explains the class system in a nutshell. As if there was any doubt.

Author — 80s Music

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I love how the tempo constantly increases throughout the song. You don't get that in many songs, and it adds so much.

Author — Ben Townsend

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Damon-“think I’ll write a song about the working class”





Jarvis-“Hold my beer”

Author — jordan Elder

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I bought this album when it was new. Let's get it on "Common People". Cheers.

Author — MrStarman2010

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I saw Pulp in concert in Adelaide at the Thebarton Theatre, many years ago. I was right up the front, naturally! Jarvis was singing this and pointed to me when he sang 'common people like YOU".😆 I was thrilled!

Author — ZoneOut YT

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Anyone else think Jarvis Cocker could pull off some amazing Bowie covers? He's got a similar type of voice.

Author — Jude Ku