It (album)

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Studio album by Pulp
Released April 1983
Recorded Input Studio, August 1982;
Victoria Studios, December 1982;
Southern Studios, 13 January 1983
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop, indie folk[1]
Length 25:32 mini-LP
31:01 album reissue
Label Red Rhino (original release)
Cherry Red (1994 reissue)
Fire (all subsequent UK releases)
Velvel (1997 US release)
Producer Simon Hinkler
Pulp chronology
Singles from It
  1. "My Lighthouse"
    Released: 2 May 1983
Alternative cover
2012 re-release edition cover

It is the first album by the English rock band Pulp.

Release and aftermath[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.1/10) [3]
Q 2/5 stars Oct. 2000[citation needed]

It was originally released as a limited vinyl mini-LP of 2000 copies in April 1983. The album's odd title is in fact a deliberate pun, as when it added to the name of the band it spells the word "Pulpit".[4]

The first reissue on CD was by Cherry Red in February 1994 with three bonus tracks ("Looking for Life", "Everybody's Problem" and "There Was..."). However, this release was soon deleted as Cherry Red did not own the material.[5] Later that year Fire Records made its own re-release in November 1994, but without "Everybody's Problem" and "There Was..." as bonus tracks. The album existed in this form for all subsequent releases.[6]

The album was reissued and remastered by Fire Records in 2012 along with Pulp's 1987's Freaks and 1992's Separations. This re-release took several delays as the first stated release date was 8 August 2011 while the albums finally came out on 13 February 2012.[7] During that period it was announced that the albums would be remastered and new bonus tracks would be added to the track listing. The reissue also includes new artwork and liner notes from music journalist Everett True.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jarvis Cocker, except "My Lighthouse" by Jarvis Cocker and Simon Hinkler.

Side 1
  1. "My Lighthouse" – 3:30
  2. "Wishful Thinking" – 4:17
  3. "Joking Aside" – 4:20
  4. "Boats and Trains" – 1:34
Side 2
  1. "Blue Girls" – 5:56
  2. "Love Love" – 3:09
  3. "In Many Ways" – 2:46
Bonus tracks
  • Tracks 10, 11 and 12 were previously unavailable


Additional performers
  • Mister Barry Thompson
  • Jill Taylor and Saskia Cocker
  • Jon Short
  • Joanne, Julie and Alison


  1. ^
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. It at AllMusic. Retrieved on 2010-07-232.
  3. ^ Tangari, Joe (9 August 2011). "Pulp: It / Freaks / Separation". Pitchfork Media. 
  4. ^ Reed, John. "The Complete History Of Pulp". Record Collector. December 1994.
  5. ^ "Pulp It". Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  6. ^ "'It' Pulp 1983". Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  7. ^ "Fire Records article". Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

External links[edit]

  • It at YouTube (streamed copy where licensed)