Bad Cover Version… in the song by Pulp and not the annihilation or butchering of a classic.

It was the band’s final single. Kind of, in that they later got back together for a bit the best part of a decade after breaking up and eventually released a 45 for Record Store Day in 2013.

It only reached #27 in the charts, a disappointing showing but no real surprise given that the song had been around for some six months, featuring on the LP We Love Life. It was released on a 2xCD format, the first of which offered up two rather decent new Pulp songs while the second featured a different version of the single plus two covers of Pulp songs:-

mp3 : Pulp – Bad Cover Version
mp3 : Pulp – Yesterday
mp3 : Pulp – Forever In My Dreams
mp3 : Nick Cave – Disco 2000
mp3 : Róisín Murphy – Sorted?

As for the different version of the single…….

The band went out with a piss-taking bang in that the video mimics Do They Know It’s Christmas with a bunch of celebrity lookalikes utilised to deliver lyrics in the style of their impersonations. It’s so bad it’s good:-

The full list of those involved….

Singers: Robbie Williams,Liam Gallagher, Kylie Minogue, David Bowie, George Michael, Bono, Paul McCartney,Craig David,Jennifer Lopez, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Tom Jones, Björk, Kurt Cobain (the only person in the video who, at the time, was deceased!), Rod Stewart, Meat Loaf, Cher, Jay Kay, Jarvis Cocker (the only one who mimed!!), Mick Jagger, Elton John, Missy Elliott and Bob Geldof.

Guitarists: Noel Gallagher, Mike Oldfield, Keith Richards and Brian May (played by Jarvis Cocker!!!)

Percussionists: Phil Collins and Gary Numan

Producer: Jeff Lynne



4 thoughts on “BAD COVER VERSION

  1. I finally saw the video when I got the Pulp DVD viddy album. A real laugh riot! The cover was meta-brilliant as well! I first heard Róisín Murphy when I got one of these singles, and good thing too. I subsequently picked up “Ruby Blue” and grew to love it. A year or two later, actually found an Indonesian pressing of the “Overpowered” CD in my local used bins and bought that and played it to be cowed into abject [yet thrilled] submission by a brilliant pop disco album that had no peer in the music marketplace… yet it somehow completely failed to dominate our culture like “Thriller.” I’ve kept us with Ms. Murphy but still need her new one.

  2. I totally miss Pulp. When they did the live dates some years back, I assumed that they were fully reactivated. Beyond the “After You” 12″ single, though, nothing came of it. But “We Love Life” was a great way to bow out. Having Scott Walker produce their final album was a magnificent feat.

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