Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Tres: Day 123
Sat. June 1, 2013
If you’re wondering why Jarvis Cocker would hush release the great lost Pulp song “After You” as a Christmas gift to Pulp fans who witnessed their Sheffield Arena concert on Dec 8th 2012? You have to remember the significance of that concert date; Jarvis wanted to give die hard Pulp fans a gift before the apparent end of the world, i.e. the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21st, 2012.
As you can see, the world survived and Pulp fans who weren’t at the Dec 8th Sheffield show missed out a very cool Pulp song. A few months after our world was spared, Jarvis decided to finally release “After You” as a download on January 23, 2013.
So what’s so special about “After You?” Well if you’re a fan of Jarvis’ disco seduction cut “You’re In My Eyes (Discosong)” will appreciate LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy wicked production on this lost Pulp treasure, “After You,” that band mate Nick Banks called, “an absolute classic.” Originally demoed in 2000 for the We Love Life sessions, “After You” was left on the cutting room floor until 2012 when Jarvis decided to resurrect this gem with the help of James Murphy.
It sounds like Jarvis got some confidence being produced by Steve Albini for “You’re in My Eyes” is a definite precursor to electronic greatness that is “After You.” Jarvis once measured the importance of a song by the emotions it inspires as he explained, “The sign of whether a song’s any good or not is whether people jump up and down to it when you play live. Or you know if they react to it in some way, start crying. As long as they don’t leave the bar, or leave the room, then the song’s alright.” “After You” is so good that we’re still waiting for the follow up of We Love Life. More than just a throwaway, “After You” is Disco 2012. What I am still trying to figure out whether of not, Jarvis using “After You” as a turn of phrase? Is Cocker reaching for a proper etiquette or a sinister kiss off to a former paramour? This dichotomy is the reason we Pulp fans are still waiting for a new album.
If you’re wondering why it’s taking so long for Pulp to release another record, it seems that Jarvis has been experimenting in the studio looking for the perfect sound as Cocker explained, “We’re going to do a few tests and see if it’s at all possible.” Describing the embryos of songs as “[they’ve] got arms, got eyes, [but is] not quite ready to come out yet.” But Jarvis is also trying to get Pulp to expand the rock show experience with some dance floor euphoria as he told The Guardian UK, “I’ve also got this idea that maybe we could in some ways try and morph the concert into a disco at the end. I’m looking into ways I could do that.” With songs like “After You,” Pulp is already there. If you are lucky enough to see Pulp in concert get ready to shake your thing with meaning and harmony.
There are very few artists like Jarvis Cocker who can pen a post modern disco song with multiple meanings. Not many rockers can create a dance song that makes you contemplate while you’re shaking your booty on the dance floor. That’s why Cocker is our man and Pulp is still our band. More than just the creators of the Brit Pop anthem “Common People,” Pulp have snuck a surprise return with a song for the dance floor generation. Who’s ready to be moved by Cocker’s words and the eternal rhythms of Pulp? Sign me up. Don’t be left out. “After” is waiting for “You,” originally released for the end of the world, celebrate the band’s revival with this resurrected Pulp classic. You will be moved to dance and experience Pulp’s sonic romance of body, mind and soul with “After You.”