Arcade Fires new song (and perhaps album) seems to have been produced by Steve (not sure I saw anything official on this. Think I saw Steve tweeting the single cover and know he has been working with them) but it made me wonder if PULP gains some new fans. Arcade Fire being as big as they are would certainly attract lots of press. Could spark more PULP material. Last Arcade Fire album was produced by James Murphy and now LCD soundsystem are coming back from retirement with a new album.
Tell mester to f*ck off!
Isn't it weird how you feel proud and excited when a total stranger (who you happen to be a fan of) is successful?
Maybe Arcade Fire are Pulp fans, and hence invited SM to support them:
The SM wikipedia says he remixed AF, but I don't know what track that was. Anyone?
VoxPop wrote:Arcade Fires new song [...] seems to have been produced by Steve [...] but it made me wonder if PULP gains some new fans. Arcade Fire being as big as they are would certainly attract lots of press.
Arcade Fires new song [...] seems to have been produced by Steve [...] but it made me wonder if PULP gains some new fans. Arcade Fire being as big as they are would certainly attract lots of press.
I hope so too, but it made me think... Arcade Fire seem a HUGE band in our world - playing to huge arena crowds etc. But in the non-indie / alternative world, I've found, they're surprisingly obscure. I was speaking to a bunch of 20 / 30ish year old people a couple of years ago (getting to know people in a new job... what are you interested in bla bla), people who claimed to be music fans, and was surprised to find that none of them had heard of Arcade Fire - who at the time were what I thought of as massive.
Back in the 90's, when Pulp were huge, they were all over the tabloids, Jarvis on Richard & Judy, Pulp take over Big Breakfast etc. Blur / Oasis on the main evening news. Mass pub / common room singalongs of indie hits. Britpop was all over the mainstream media - whether you like it all, or not, it is true that it was a huge cultural phenomenon. It's hard to conceive of that now (the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there).
Now the days of big musical movements are over. There will always be occasional mega-artists like Adele, but they will be few. The whole of music has fragmented into micro-scenes. All of culture has fragmented too, with each individual in their own tw*tter / f*ckface bubble, which only feeds you limited variations of that you already know and approve of. Same with the rest of the vampiric social networks. Same with this crackpot 'multi-culturalism' idea, where people have ended up dividing into discrete social groups, and are self-ghettoising. Right now I'm listening to Radio 6, and I love it, but it's all my stuff. Twenty years ago, I would be listening to Radio 1, where there would be my stuff (Evening Session / Marc N Lard / Breezeblock / Peel), but also large doses of partly revolting stuff, but at least I would sometimes hear something different.
Some young people have an no interest in anything old, anything that existed before they did. I'm a creaky old fart now - In my youth we were buying cheap old vinyl, and making outfits out of a bunch of weird charity shop clothes. My brother - 15 years younger - and his friends have an abhorrence of anything old. Why would you want to listen to something OLD? Silent films? No chance. Glam Rock? - Why would you listen to that, when you can listen (on your tinny mobile phone) to a crappy contemporary artist ripping off glam rock. It's a disposable society chronically swamped with covers and tribute shows (sad imitations, that get it so wrong).
I should be less cynical - Arcade Fire fans, teenagers included, would presumably be a bit more sophisticated than my brother and his philistine mates. Here's hoping. When I first noticed Pulp I was in my own bubble, and they brought me out of it - opening up a whole weird and wonderful musical world of Scott Walker, Leonard Cohen, Moondog. When you find something new it goes on to show you ever more new and exciting things. Do these damn social networks do any of that for any of you?
(Okay, this post doesn't make complete sense, but I lost big chunks of it twice when trying to correct a typo, and now I'm going goggle-eyed... this seem to happen to me a lot on this site!)
Eamonn wrote:High-profile work for Steve alright. Any articles from AF saying why they chose him? They probably got their love of violins from Russell ;)
High-profile work for Steve alright. Any articles from AF saying why they chose him? They probably got their love of violins from Russell ;)
Arcade Fire are a Rough Trade band and seem reasonably matey with Pulp through that connection. When they headlined Glastonbury there were articles quoting them saying they had been getting tips from Jarvis and they did a little montage of previous headliners at some point in their set and Win Butler piped up "I like this one" when the excerpt of Common People came on. There seems to be a bit of a cluster of people including Arcade Fire, James Murphy and his DFA bands, like Discodeine for example that Jarvis did a track with, Soulwax who did a remix of After You for record store day, who all know one another and mingle wherever such people mingle. Didn't Pulp borrow their violin player (Sarah someone??) for a gig or two during the second year of the reunion when Russell wasn't there? - here you are - Sarah Neufeld.
We'll use the one thing we've got more of, that's our minds.
There are many connections between them from collaborations and they all follow each other on social media. steves Instagram shows he is in New Orleans (same as Arcade Fire) and he did post the new cover art of the single. I suppose being a big AF fan (and I'm not a teenager!) I assumed they were big everywhere (or so it seems from here in Canada) i am excited that Steve is now part of the arcade fire world but more importantly, the word PULP will be heard on the radio a bit more (always been rare and always makes me happy)