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Disco 2000 (song)

"Disco 2000" is a hit single by British band Pulp, released in 1995. The song tells the story of a narrator falling for a childhood friend called Deborah, who is more popular than he is and wondering what it would be like to meet again when they are older. Deborah was based on a real-life childhood friend of Cocker's, Deborah Bone, who moved away from Sheffield to Letchworth when she was 10. As the lyrics suggest, she did marry and have children.[1] Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker said "the only bit that isn't true is the woodchip wallpaper."[2] It is believed that the fountain referred to as the meeting place was Goodwin Fountain, formerly located on Fargate, in Sheffield city centre. The song's riff is said to be influenced by Umberto Tozzi's 1979 hit "Gloria".[3]

"Disco 2000"
Disco 2000 Single.jpg
vinyl single, CD single (part one)
Single by Pulp
from the album Different Class
Released27 November 1995 (1995-11-27)
Length4:33 (album version)
4:51 (7" mix)
Songwriter(s)Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle and Mark Webber
Producer(s)Alan Tarney (single, 7" remix), Chris Thomas (album version)
Pulp singles chronology
"Mis-Shapes" / "Sorted for E's & Wizz"
"Disco 2000"
"Something Changed"
Alternative cover
CD single (part two)
CD single (part two)

"Disco 2000" reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the third top 10 single from the album Different Class, following "Common People" and the double A-side "Mis-Shapes"/"Sorted for E's & Wizz", both of which reached number two. The song also charted highly in Austria, Finland, Iceland and Ireland, and it became Pulp's only top 50 hit in Australia.[4]

Due to its millennial subject matter, Pulp removed the song's synchronisation licence, effectively banning the song from being used in TV and radio trailers throughout 1999 and 2000.[5]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Disco 2000", directed by Pedro Romhanyi, portrays the daily events for a girl and a boy as they prepare for the weekend. As they make their way across town the life-sized photographic cut outs from the band members used on the cover for Different Class appear in shops, in the bus, on an escalator and even in the disco where the boy and girl meet. The whole time this is going on, both the boy's and girl's thoughts are represented below the frame, set in Windsor Condensed Extra Bold. The video ends with two life-sized photographic cut outs of the boy and girl together in bed and them complaining about Jarvis being on television again. The boy and girl are played by models Patrick Skinny and Jo Skinny. The music video features the 7" mix, distinctive for its more orchestral instrumentation.

Track listingEdit


All lyrics are written by Jarvis Cocker; all music is composed by Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle and Mark Webber.

Part one
1."Disco 2000" (7" mix)4:51
2."Disco 2000" (album mix)4:33
4."Live Bed Show" (extended)4:10
Part two
1."Disco 2000" (album mix)4:33
2."Disco 2000" (7" mix)4:51
3."Disco 2000" (Motiv 8 Discoid Mix)7:31
4."Disco 2000" (Motiv 8 Gimp Dub)6:31
Single-CD version
1."Disco 2000" (7" mix)4:51
2."Disco 2000" (Motiv 8 Discoid Mix)7:31
  • UK Cassette editions have the same track listing.


Side A
1."Disco 2000" (7" mix)4:51
Side B
3."Disco 2000" (Motiv 8 Discoid Mix)7:31
4."Disco 2000" (Motiv 8 Gimp Dub)6:31


Orange vinyl
1."Disco 2000" (7" mix)4:51
  • Released: November 1996.



Chart (1995–1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 35
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 14
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 47
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[10] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 13
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 41
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 7


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Gold 400,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Cover versionsEdit

The song was covered by Nick Cave as a b-side for Pulp's single "Bad Cover Version" (2002), and again as a "pub rock" version on the deluxe edition of Different Class (2006). Keane covered the song in 2008.

In popular cultureEdit

"Disco 2000" was featured in Episode 7 of the first series of Life on Mars, where DI Sam Tyler hears it come on the radio in 1973, and mentions to DCI Gene Hunt that he had seen Pulp play the Manchester Nynex in 1996, to Hunt's bemusement. The song also appeared in a party scene in the 2013 Seth Rogen film This Is the End, and again in "The End of the Tour" in 2015.

In 1996, it featured on the UEFA Euro 1996 official album, The Beautiful Game.

The budget airline EasyJet used the song in a 2015 UK commercial celebrating their twenty years of revenue service.[16]


  1. ^ Vincent, Alex (2 January 2015). "Deborah Bone, who inspired Pulp's Disco 2000, dies aged 51". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  2. ^ Interview with Jarvis Cocker, Liz Kershaw, BBC 6Music, 22 November 2002 Transcript
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "Search for: pulp". Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  5. ^ News, Select. January 1999.
  6. ^ " – Pulp – Disco 2000". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  7. ^ " – Pulp – Disco 2000" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Pulp: Disco 2000" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  9. ^ " – Pulp – Disco 2000". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Nr. 155: Vikuna 3.2. - 9.2. '96" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir. 3 February 1996. p. 38. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Disco 2000". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  13. ^ " – Pulp – Disco 2000". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Pulp – Disco 2000". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 31 May 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Disco 2000 in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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