Pulp—one of the most-underappreciated bands ever to grace any stage—called it quits back in 2002. It sucks not having them around.
That all changed for a year when, in 2011, the band embarked on a reunion tour that took it to places like Coachella, and a final concert in the band’s hometown of Sheffield, England. I damn myself constantly for missing the Coachella concert, and damn myself for never having seen them.
Seeing Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets fills the void a bit. Jarvis Cocker has always been one of the funnier, stranger guys in the entertainment business. I still consider him a hero for jumping up onstage and doing a strange, interpretive dance during a Michael Jackson awards-show performance in 1996. He’s terrific in this movie, sitting down for candid, droll interviews, and allowing himself to be filmed as he tries to change a tire on his crappy car. Footage of him doing this is juxtaposed with him in all of his glory onstage while performing with the reunited band.
I never knew that keyboardist Candida Doyle has had rheumatoid arthritis throughout her playing career. Her interviews, during which she discusses how she would wait for treatment with elderly people, are moving, as are interviews with eager fans waiting to see the band perform in Sheffield. One woman had traveled from Atlanta to see the band.
In addition to the interviews, the film contains great concert footage of songs like “ Common People” (It is not a William Shatner song!) and “Underwear.” Even better: One of the girls being interviewed performs a quality, a cappella version of “Underwear” for the camera.
After first saying he was working on song ideas for the band, Cocker followed up with an interview in 2012 saying the band was finished, with no further plans for touring or recording. Well … shit.
Special Features: The iTunes download includes some extras. You get a behind-the-scenes doc, extended interviews and full versions of some songs in concert.
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets is available via video on demand and online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.