Countdown 1992–1983

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Countdown 1992–1983
Compilation album by Pulp
Released 11 March 1996
Recorded 1983 – 1992
Genre Alternative rock
Length 96:10
Label Fire (UK)
MCA (US)
Pulp chronology
Different Class
(1995)
Countdown 1992–1983
(1996)
This Is Hardcore
(1998)

Countdown 1992–1983 is a double compilation album by the band Pulp released by Fire Records on 11 March 1996.

Background[edit]

It features highlights from the band's first three albums (It, Freaks and Separations), along with non-album singles ("Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)" and "Dogs Are Everywhere") and B-sides ("Death Goes to the Disco", "The Mark Of The Devil", "97 Lovers" and "Blue Glow"). The album title is a reference to the band's song "Countdown", therefore (aside from the extended version of "Countdown" which closes the album) the running order goes backwards chronologically from 1992 to 1983.

Being released at the height of Pulp's and Britpop fame, the album reached #10 in the UK Album Chart,[1] the only charting compilation album of the band's Fire Records era material. The sleevenotes are written by Guardian journalist Caroline Sullivan, a longtime friend of the band, and detail the group's history, particularly prior to their main commercial success.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media (6.2/10) [3]

Jarvis Cocker was very critical of the compilation at the time of its release. Cocker: "I would urge anybody not to buy it. Please, I find it embarrassing to be honest. And also the way it's packaged to look a bit modern, a bit like our sleeves now. It's a crap version... I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. And Fire records never did us any favours when we were on the label. Being signed to that label was the single biggest thing that prevented us succeeding. It almost made us split up."

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jarvis Cocker, all music composed by Pulp; except where noted.

Disc one
  1. "Countdown" (Single Version) – 4:40
  2. "Death Goes to the Disco" – 5:42
  3. "My Legendary Girlfriend" – 6:44
  4. "Don't You Want Me Anymore?" – 3:46
  5. "She's Dead" – 5:04
  6. "Down by the River" – 3:38
  7. "I Want You" – 4:38
  8. "Being Followed Home" – 6:01
  9. "Master of the Universe" – 3:19
  10. "Don't You Know" – 4:06
  11. "They Suffocate at Night" – 6:17
Disc two
  1. "Dogs Are Everywhere" – 4:53
  2. "The Mark of the Devil" – 4:32
  3. "97 Lovers" – 4:28
  4. "Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)" – 3:25
  5. "Blue Glow" – 3:03
  6. "My Lighthouse" (Jarvis Cocker, Simon Hinkler) – 3:28
  7. "Wishful Thinking" (Cocker) – 4:16
  8. "Blue Girls" (Cocker) – 5:58
  9. "Countdown" (Extended Version) – 8:03

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British chart positions". chartstats.com. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Countdown 1992–1983 at AllMusic
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review