This Is Hardcore

This Is Hardcore is the sixth album by English band Pulp, first released in March 1998. It came three years after their breakthrough album, Different Class, and was eagerly anticipated. In 2013, NME ranked it at number 166 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[4]

This Is Hardcore
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Studio album by
Released30 March 1998
RecordedNovember 1996–January 1998[1]
Studio
Genre
Length69:49
LabelIsland
ProducerChris Thomas
Pulp chronology
Countdown 1992–1983
(1996)
This Is Hardcore
(1998)
Freshly Squeezed... the Early Years
(1998)
Singles from This Is Hardcore
  1. "Help the Aged"
    Released: 11 November 1997
  2. "This Is Hardcore"
    Released: 9 March 1998
  3. "A Little Soul"
    Released: 8 June 1998
  4. "Party Hard"
    Released: 7 September 1998

Background and releaseEdit

As with the band's previous album, Different Class, it reached No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart,[5] and was well received critically, earning Pulp a third successive nomination for the 1998 Mercury Prize.[6]

A subsequent release in the UK later in 1998 came with a bonus live CD entitled "This Is Glastonbury". A deluxe edition of This Is Hardcore was released on 11 September 2006. It contained a second disc of B-sides, demos and rarities.

The cover photo was art directed by Peter Saville and the American painter John Currin who is known for his figurative paintings of exaggerated female forms. The model photographed is Ksenia and the images were further digitally manipulated by Howard Wakefield who also designed the album.[7] Currin was also the art director for the "Help the Aged" video, based on his painting "The Never Ending Story". Advertising posters showing the album's cover that appeared on the London Underground system were defaced by graffiti artists with slogans like "This Offends Women"[8] and "This is Sexist" or "This is Demeaning".[9]

The music video for the title track was directed by Doug Nichol and was listed as the No. 47 best video of all time by NME.[10]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album had first-week sales of just over 50,000, 62% fewer than Different Class first-week sales of 133,000.[11] The album was certified gold by the BPI April 1998 for sales of 100,000.[12] As of 2008, sales in the United States have exceeded 86,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[13]

Reception and legacyEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [14]
Chicago Tribune    [15]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[16]
The Guardian     [17]
Los Angeles Times    [18]
NME7/10[19]
Pitchfork7.8/10[20]
Q     [21]
Rolling Stone     [22]
Spin8/10[23]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[24] The album was very well received in the States with the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, all awarding the album three and a half stars out of four.[15][18][25] In 2014, US LGBT magazine Metro Weekly placed the album at number 46 in its list of the "50 Best Alternative Albums of the '90s".[2] In 2017, Pitchfork listed the album at number seven in its list "The 50 Best Britpop Albums."[26]

Track listingEdit

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

No.TitleMusicLength
1."The Fear" 5:35
2."Dishes" 3:30
3."Party Hard" 4:00
4."Help the Aged" 4:28
5."This Is Hardcore" (includes a sample of "Bolero on the Moon Rocks" written by Peter Thomas, recorded by The Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
  • Webber
  • Thomas
6:25
6."TV Movie" 3:25
7."A Little Soul" 3:19
8."I'm a Man" 4:59
9."Seductive Barry" 8:31
10."Sylvia" 5:44
11."Glory Days"
4:55
12."The Day After the Revolution" (edited to 5:52 on bonus track releases) 14:56
Double LP bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Tomorrow Never Lies" 4:53
14."Laughing Boy" 3:50
15."The Professional" 5:09
16."This is Hardcore" (End of the Line mix)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
  • Webber
  • Thomas
3:02
International CD bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Like a Friend" (B-side to "A Little Soul", bonus track on North American and Japanese releases)4:32
14."Tomorrow Never Lies" (B-side to "Help the Aged", bonus track on Japanese release)4:53
This Is Glastonbury bonus disc
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Fear" 7:49
2."Live Bed Show"
4:33
3."TV Movie" 3:55
4."A Little Soul" 4:36
5."Party Hard" 4:29
6."Help the Aged" 5:33
7."Seductive Barry" 9:57
8."This Is Hardcore" (Bonus track on Japanese release)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
  • Webber
  • Thomas
7:16
9."Glory People: Glory Days / Common People" (Bonus track on Japanese release)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
  • Senior
  • Webber
  • Genn
11:13
2006 Deluxe edition bonus disc
No.TitleWriter(s)OriginLength
1."Cocaine Socialism" (proper version) Previously unavailable5:14
2."It's a Dirty World" (recording session outtake)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
  • Senior
Previously unavailable5:13
3."Like a Friend" "A Little Soul" single4:32
4."The Professional" "This Is Hardcore" single5:09
5."Ladies' Man" "This Is Hardcore" single4:44
6."Laughing Boy" "Help the Aged" single3:50
7."We Are the Boyz" "Party Hard" single3:15
8."Tomorrow Never Dies" (rough mix) Previously unavailable4:53
9."Can I Have My Balls Back, Please?" (demo)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
  • Senior
Previously unavailable4:16
10."Modern Marriage" (demo)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
Previously unavailable4:54
11."My Erection" (demo)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
Previously unavailable4:22
12."You Are the One" (demo)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
Previously unavailable4:28
13."Street Operator" (demo)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
Previously unavailable3:52
14."This Is Hardcore" (End of the Line mix)
  • Cocker
  • Banks
  • Doyle
  • Mackey
  • Webber
  • Thomas
"This Is Hardcore" single2:06

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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