D stands for Pulp‘s Different Class.
People often get so involved in the Blur Vs. Oasis debate that they forget that the real kings of Britpop were, after all, Pulp. They were fun, they were innovative, they were unique and they were proud of it – and Different Class was their crowning glory.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes different class so great. Maybe it’s the fact it never stops changing, from the funk of ‘Monday Morning’, to the spoken word verses and massive chorus of ‘F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.’, to the acoustic buzz of ‘Something Changed’. Maybe it’s the openly sordid lyrics of ‘Underwear’ and ‘Pencil Skirt’, juxtaposing the family-friendly lyrics of other Britpop bands such as Oasis. Maybe it’s just ‘Common People’.
It is an album that, basically, has everything;
In your face lyrics and potent social commentary? Check.
Some of the greatest anthems written in the 20th century? Check.
Jarvis Cocker‘s irresistible charm and integral sense of wit? Check.
Different Class? Indeed.
Songs to check out: ‘Common People’, ‘Monday Morning’, ‘Disco 2000’