Click to return to Dave’s Music Database home page.

Released: October 30, 1995

Rating: 4.313 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre: rock > Britpop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Mis-Shapes
  2. Pencil Skirt
  3. Common People
  4. I Spy
  5. Disco 2000
  6. Live Bed Show
  7. Something Changed
  8. Sorted for E’s & Wizz
  9. F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.
  10. Underwear
  11. Monday Morning
  12. Bar Italia

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated 1.2
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 1.0
sales worldwide - estimated 2.2


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Common People (6/3/95) #2 UK
  • Mis-Shapes (10/7/95) #2 UK
  • Disco 2000 (12/9/95) #7 UK
  • Something Changed (4/6/96) #10 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Nationwide Mercury Prize – UK award for Album of the Year. Click to go to Mercury site. Mojo Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums Q Magazine’s Top 100 Albums Spin Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums

Different Class
“After years of obscurity, Pulp shot to stardom in Britain with 1994’s His ‘n’ Hers. By the time Different Class was released at the end of October 1995, the band, particularly lead singer Jarvis Cocker, were genuine British superstars, with two number two singles and a triumphant last-minute performance at Glastonbury under their belts, as well as one tabloid scandal. On the heels of such excitement, anticipation for Different Class ran high, and not only does it deliver, it blows away all their previous albums, including the fine His ‘n’ Hers.” STE

“Pulp don’t stray from their signature formula at all – it’s still grandly theatrical, synth-spiked pop with new wave and disco flourishes, but they have mastered it here. Not only are the melodies and hooks significantly catchier and more immediate, the music explores more territory. From the faux-show tune romp of the anthemic opener Mis-Shapes and the glitzy, gaudy stomp of Disco 2000 (complete with a nicked riff from Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria’) to the aching ballad Underwear and the startling sexual menace of I Spy, Pulp construct a diverse, appealing album around the same basic sound.” STE

“Similarly, Jarvis Cocker’s lyrics take two themes, sex and social class, and explore a number of different avenues in bitingly clever ways. As well as perfectly capturing the behavior of his characters, Cocker grasps the nuances of language, creating a dense portrait of suburban and working-class life. All of his sex songs are compassionate, while the subtle satire of Sorted for E’s & Wizz is affectionate, but the best moment on the album is the hit single Common People, about a rich girl who gets off by slumming with the lower class. Coming from Cocker, who made secondhand clothes and music glamorous, the song is undeniably affecting and exciting, much like Different Class itself.” STE

Review Source(s):

Last updated November 16, 2010.