This Is Hardcore (song)

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"This Is Hardcore"
Single by Pulp
from the album This Is Hardcore
Released 16 March 1998
Format CD, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 6:25 (album version)
Label Island
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Pulp singles chronology
"Help the Aged"
"This Is Hardcore"
"A Little Soul"
Cover of CD2

"This Is Hardcore" is a song by British indie band Pulp, and was released as the second single from their 1998 album This Is Hardcore. It was released on 16 March 1998 and charted at #12 in the UK Singles Chart (see 1998 in British music). It uses a sample of "Bolero on the Moon Rocks" by the Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 120 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[1] Three years later they ranked it at number 254 on "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[2] Pitchfork Media also named its music video the 16th best of the 1990s.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber and Peter Thomas; except where indicated. 

CD one and 12"
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Is Hardcore" (Album Version)   6:27
2. "Ladies' Man"   Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber 4:44
3. "The Professional"   Banks, Cocker, Doyle, Mackey, Webber 5:09
4. "This Is Hardcore (End of the Line Mix)"     3:02
CD two
No. Title Length
1. "This Is Hardcore" (Album Version) 6:27
2. "This Is Hardcore (4 Hero Remix)"   6:25
3. "This Is Hardcore (Swedish Erotica Remix)"   4:59
4. "This Is Hardcore (Stock, Hausen and Walkman's Remix)"   5:15

"This Is Hardcore" (End of the Line Mix) is an extended version of the violin-centred instrumental section in the middle of the original song.

"This Is Hardcore" (Swedish Erotica Remix) playfully uses the original vocals played in reverse to make them sound like the Swedish language.