After hearing he had a meltdown at the SF show, I was worried we wouldn’t get a set either, but he must’ve been happier with the sound at the Fox Theater because we got a full set by a (mostly) cheerful Ariel.
They focused on old material, but played a new song that sounded like a continuation of some of the tracks from “Before Today.”
Ariel is capable of giving a much more compelling performance (I’ve witnessed it before) than what we got last night, but I enjoyed the set overall.
Jarvis leaps across the stage, pointing at the sky and the audience, giving little anecdotes between songs, and asking the audience questions about relationships.
He also had a list of births, but mostly deaths that happened throughout history on April 19th.
He climbed and stood heroically on amps, shook his hips, and gestured toward his crotch. He rocks the “sexy professor” look like no other.
He engages the audience quite a bit, not only with his questions, but with his hand gestures, daring you to match his energy. He leaped into the audience to ask a couple people what their fears are before the band went into “His n Hers,” a song about “fear of domesticity.”
Most of the set was pretty dim, lighting wise, with random spurts of light illuminating the band, and the gigantic neon “Pulp” sign going on and off every few minutes. Before the start of “Sorted for E’s and Wizz,” a story about the ups and downs of the raver/club kid lifestyle, we were taken over by a flood of neon green lights that looked like lasers zapping through every body in the audience.
It was a Different Class heavy set, with some His n Hers, This Is Hardcore, and a few obscurities. The most obscure of the set was a song that they hadn’t played since 1984 and will likely never play again, according to Jarvis. The song was “Back in L.A.” It was sung through a megaphone and had a heavy, rockin’ drum beat. Jarvis then mentioned that the song was written years before the band had been anywhere near L.A. and it was filled with “a bunch of cliches.”
This was everything a Pulp fan would hope for, or what any music fan would hope for, really. An incredible, energetic performance combined with catchy pop music and powerful, witty lyrics. As Jarvis said, “This night will never happen again.”
Do You Remember the First Time?
Live Bed Show
Sorted for E’s and Wizz
His ‘n’ Hers
Like a Friend
This is Hardcore
Bad Cover Version
Back in LA