Hits (Pulp album)

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Hits
Greatest hits album by Pulp
Released 2002
Recorded 1993–2002
Genre Britpop, indie rock
Label Island
Producer Ed Buller, Chris Thomas, Scott Walker, Cameron Craig
Pulp chronology
We Love Life
(2001)
Hits
(2002)
The Peel Sessions
(2006)

Hits is a greatest hits collection by UK indie-pop band Pulp, released in November 2002.

Background[edit]

As a collection, Hits only covers Pulp's singles from the early-90s when they started becoming popular, although the band had existed in one form or another since 1979. "Mis-Shapes", from Different Class, is the only hit single not included here, apparently because the band cannot stand the song.[1] The compilation also includes non-single track "Underwear" and a new song "Last Day of the Miners' Strike".

The album was also released on DVD under the same title, featuring the band's promotional videos from the same era, a number of live performances, documentaries and short movies.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound 9/10 stars[3]
NME 9/10 stars[4]
PopMatters (favorable)[1]
Stylus Magazine (A+)[5]

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Babies" (Non-album single, 1992) Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior 4:05
2. "Razzmatazz" (Non-album single, 1993) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior 3:40
3. "Lipgloss" (from His 'n' Hers, 1994) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior 3:35
4. "Do You Remember the First Time?" (from His 'n' Hers, 1994) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior 4:20
5. "Common People" (from Different Class, 1995) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior 5:50
6. "Underwear" (from Different Class, 1995) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior 4:05
7. "Sorted for E's & Wizz" (from Different Class, 1995) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior, Mark Webber 3:37
8. "Disco 2000" (from Different Class, 1995) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior, Webber 4:33
9. "Something Changed" (from Different Class, 1995) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior, Webber 3:18
10. "Help the Aged" (from This Is Hardcore, 1998) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber 4:27
11. "This Is Hardcore" (from This Is Hardcore, 1998) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber, Peter Thomas 6:26
12. "A Little Soul" (from This Is Hardcore, 1998) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber 3:18
13. "Party Hard" (from This Is Hardcore, 1998) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber 4:01
14. "The Trees" (from We Love Life, 2001) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber 4:48
15. "Bad Cover Version" (from We Love Life, 2001) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber 4:16
16. "Sunrise" (from We Love Life, 2001) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber, Peter Mansell 6:11
17. "Last Day of the Miners' Strike" (Previously unreleased) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber, Richard Hawley, Burt Bacharach 5:55

Note: "Underwear" appears on the UK version of the album only – however it is listed in error on the sleeve of the Canadian version.

DVD[edit]

Promotional videos
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Babies (original version)" (1992) Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior  
2. "Razzmatazz" (1992) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior  
3. "Lipgloss" (1993) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior  
4. "Do You Remember the First Time?" (1994) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior  
5. "Babies (1994 version)" (1994) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior  
6. "Common People" (1995) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior  
7. "Sorted for E's & Wizz" (1995) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior, Webber  
8. "Mis-Shapes" (1995) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior, Webber  
9. "Disco 2000" (1995) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior, Webber  
10. "Something Changed" (1996) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior, Webber  
11. "Help the Aged" (1997) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber  
12. "This Is Hardcore" (1998) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber, Thomas  
13. "A Little Soul" (1998) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber  
14. "Party Hard" (1998) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber  
15. "The Trees" (2001) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber  
16. "Bad Cover Version" (2002) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber  
Live performances
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Joyriders" (The Beat, ITV, March 1994) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior  
2. "59 Lyndhurst Grove" (No Stilletos, BBC2, August 1993) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior  
3. "Sorted for E's & Wizz" (The Brits, ITV, February 1996) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Senior, Webber  
4. "Dishes" (Later with Jools Holland, BBC2, May 1998) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber  
5. "Sunrise" (Pulp at the Eden Project, BBC Choice, July 2002) Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber, Mansell  

Short Films

  • Do You Remember the First Time? (documentary)
  • Babies (spoken word version)
  • This Is Hardcore (documentary)

Home Movies

  • TV Madness
  • Sheffield Bands
  • Home Movies
  • Catcliffe

Personnel[edit]

  • Ed Buller - Producer (tracks: 1 to 4), Mixing (tracks: 1, 3, 4)
  • Chris Thomas - Producer (tracks: 5 to 13)
  • Scott Walker - Producer (tracks: 14 to 16)
  • Peter Walsh - Co-producer (tracks: 14 to 16)
  • Cameron Craig - Producer (track 17)
  • Tim Burrell - Mastering
  • Jarvis Cocker - Art Direction
  • Peter Saville - Art Direction
  • Simon Periton - Cover Image
  • Howard Wakefield - Design
  • Willie Seldon - Photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien (13 January 2003). "Pulp: Hits". PopMatters. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Hits (Pulp album) at AllMusic. Retrieved on 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ Luckett, Robert (22 December 2002). "Pulp: Hits". Drowned in Sound. 
  4. ^ Dempster, Sarah (28 November 2002). "Pulp : Hits". NME. 
  5. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (2003-09-01). "Pulp: Hits". Stylus Magazine.