His 'n' Hers

His 'n' Hers is the fourth studio album by Pulp and is commonly cited as the band's breakthrough album, reaching number 9 in the UK charts.[2]

It was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Music Prize, but lost out to Elegant Slumming by M People. In 1998, Q magazine readers voted it the 70th greatest album of all time, while the Virgin All-Time Top 1000 Albums placed it 110th.[2]

His 'n' Hers
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Studio album by Pulp
Released 18 April 1994
Recorded Britannia Row, London 1992–1994
Genre Britpop, alternative rock,[1] art rock,[1] glam rock[1]
Length 50:38
Label Island
Producer Ed Buller
Pulp chronology
Intro – The Gift Recordings
(1993)
His 'n' Hers
(1994)
Masters of the Universe
(1994)
Singles from His 'n' Hers
  1. "Babies"
    Released: 5 October 1992
  2. "Lipgloss"
    Released: 15 November 1993
  3. "Do You Remember the First Time?"
    Released: 21 February 1994

Release and aftermath

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune2/4 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound8/10[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]
NME8/10[7]
Q4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[9]
Select4/5[10]
Spin8/10[11]
Uncut5/5 stars[12]

"Lipgloss", "Do You Remember the First Time", "Razzmatazz", and a new mix of "Babies" were released as singles, the latter as part of the Sisters EP.

A "deluxe edition" of His 'n' Hers was released on 11 September 2006. It contained a second disc of B-sides, demos and rarities.

Themes and content

Lyrically, the album encompasses subjects for which Pulp were to become well known, including sexual encounters, social class and voyeurism.[2]

Robyn Strachan retrospectively describes the opener "Joyriders" as setting the tone for the album with "acerbic observation and lurking seediness and decay".[13]

"She's a Lady" takes much of its musical inspiration from Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".[14]

The album closer, "David's Last Summer", is notable as being one of Pulp's most narrative songs, delivered entirely in spoken word apart from the chorus despite being an uptempo track.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Jarvis Cocker; all music composed by Pulp.

His 'n' Hers
No.TitleLength
1."Joyriders"3:25
2."Lipgloss"3:34
3."Acrylic Afternoons"4:09
4."Have You Seen Her Lately?"4:11
5."Babies" (does not appear on the album's vinyl release)4:04
6."She's a Lady"5:49
7."Happy Endings"4:57
8."Do You Remember the First Time?"4:22
9."Pink Glove"4:48
10."Someone Like the Moon"4:18
11."David's Last Summer"7:01
His 'n' Hers – North American edition (bonus track)
No.TitleLength
12."Razzmatazz"3:41
His 'n' Hers – Deluxe edition (bonus disc)
No.TitleLength
1."Live On" (BBC Mark Goodier session; previously unavailable)3:58
2."You're Not Blind" (demo; previously unavailable)3:45
3."Space; previously unavailable" (BBC Hit the North Session soundcheck)3:27
4."The Boss" (demo; previously unavailable)2:27
5."Watching Nicky" (demo; previously unavailable)3:04
6."Frightened" (demo; previously unavailable)3:36
7."Your Sister's Clothes" (from the Sisters EP)4:41
8."Seconds" (from the Sisters EP)4:19
9."His 'n' Hers" (from the Sisters EP)6:20
10."Street Lites" (B-side to "Do You Remember the First Time?")5:56
11."You're a Nightmare" (BBC John Peel session; noted as previously unavailable, however the same version was released as a B-side to "Lipgloss")5:20
12."The Babysitter" (B-side to "Do You Remember the First Time?")5:00
13."Deep Fried in Kelvin" (B-side to "Lipgloss")9:49

Personnel

References

  1. ^ a b c http://www.allmusic.com/album/his-n-hers-mw0000625094
  2. ^ a b c Larkin, Colin (1998). Virgin All-Time Top 1000 Albums. Virgin Books. ISBN 0753502585.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "His 'n' Hers – Pulp". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  4. ^ Messbarger, Matt (1 December 1994). "Pulp: His 'N' Hers". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  5. ^ Cowen, Nick (26 September 2006). "Album Review: Pulp – His 'N Hers (2006 re-issue)". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 26 September 2006.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  7. ^ Williams, Simon (16 April 1994). "Pulp – His'N'Hers". NME. Archived from the original on 13 October 2000. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Pulp: His 'n' Hers". Q (169). October 2000.
  9. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Pulp". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 665. ISBN 0-743-20169-8.
  10. ^ Harrison, Andrew (May 1994). "Short Cuts". Select (47). Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  11. ^ Modell, Josh (June 2009). "Discography: Jarvis Cocker". Spin. 25 (6): 82. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Pulp: His 'n' Hers". Uncut (112). September 2006.
  13. ^ Robyn Strachan (2014-08-03). "Resentment in Retrospective: Pulp's 'His 'n' Hers', 20 Years On". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  14. ^ Andy Gill (1995-05-04). "POP / The last detail: It was a special night for Pulp, playing at home with their first single in the Top 10. Andy Gill was there". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-02-05.

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