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Help the Aged (song)

"Help the Aged" is a song by British alternative rock band Pulp, and was released on 11 November 1997 as the lead single from their 1998 album This Is Hardcore. The single charted at no. 8 in the UK Singles Chart (see 1997 in British music), becoming the band's fifth consecutive top ten single.

"Help the Aged"
Pulp Help the Aged.jpg
Single by Pulp
from the album This Is Hardcore
Released 11 November 1997[1]
Format 7", CD, Cassette
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:28 (album version)
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Pulp singles chronology
"Something Changed"
(1996)
"Help the Aged"
(1997)
"This Is Hardcore"
(1998)
"Something Changed"
(1996)
"Help the Aged"
(1997)
"This Is Hardcore"
(1998)

B-side "Tomorrow Never Lies" was intended to be used as the theme to the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. The song was ultimately rejected in favour of a song by Sheryl Crow, and was renamed after the film's working title. The original version of the song, with the name "Tomorrow Never Dies", finally surfaced on the bonus disc of the This Is Hardcore special edition in 2006.

During Da Ali G Show, Jarvis Cocker performed the song, which soon transitioned into a distinctly more urban take on things, added by Ali G, with lines such as "help the motherfuckin' aged".[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber.

CD / 7" and Cassette (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Help the Aged" 4:31
2. "Tomorrow Never Lies" 4:49
3. "Laughing Boy" 3:49

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