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Mis-Shape

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I've been browsing the forum and archives quite a bit recently, and since we have so many shows on audio and video at our fingertips these days, I'd like to know:

What's your favorite Pulp concert/set? Can be one you listened to or even been to, I'm just curious.

(as much as I love the Christmas/New Year's set in Sheffield 1991, mine is probably Nantes in January 1993.)



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I went to the warm up in Toulouse in 2011. While technically it wasn't their best it was just so amazing being there. I'm lucky/old enough (or stalkerish enough) to have seen them ooh about 25 times so it's hard to pick out the BEST BEST. although the fan club gig at the garage was pretty special too

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Oh, what fun...
Lot's of shows from '91, you could feel it in the air, something was changing..
The Borderline in April was ace, the Leadmill in September, also ace but...the Subterrania in November remains a real favourite..
Jarvis in fine voice, the whole live sound was magic and Russell was in magic form, in tune and playing great, best version of Separations too..

P.s. i recorded the gig with my trusty Sony walkman, so if anyone cares to give it a listen, i believe it is included in the feeling called live archive maintained by Ian..

P.p.s... Crikey, forgot about the Hallamshire 2 shows - one night thing, pretty special






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Best seen: Brixton night one 2011. You might get your happy ending.

Wish I'd seen: Drury Lane 1994. We're making a move, we're making it now.

'Owt from '91 to '93 would have no doubt been magical too.

First gig was on the We Love Life tour 2001. I was 17, I didn't know a thing at all.



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Magna for me. Not only for the gravity of the occasion & the performance, but we had a bit of an epic journey getting there and only just made it

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It's got to be Sheffield Motorpoint 2012 for me. What a gig that was! Queuing up outside with some of you guys listening to the soundchecks trying to identify what songs they were playing, the selection of home movies they played at the start, and the setlist was amazing. My Lighthouse, Little Girl (With Blue Eyes) and Countdown were the highlights for me, with the band throwing toilet rolls into the audience.

Second has got to be the Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012. My Lighthouse just came out of nowhere, and it was incredible! Cheered so loudly I lost my voice the next morning. Another highlight was a bunch of us having a drink in a pub nearby before the gig, when in walks Steve Mackey! As I recall, only one of us went up to him and spoke to him in the end.

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I attended Edinburgh Corn Exchange about 20 years ago to the day and there was just something about it... a mix of new songs ("Weeds", "Minnie", "I Love Life"...) and old favourites. "Common People" at the start of the set (reworked), "FEELINGCALLEDLOVE" reworked, "The Fear" speeded up. Really not what we were expecting but in a good way.

Then there's Auto, which I think has a certain historical significance. As far as we were all concerned, it was our last chance to see them. Concert aside, the highlight was meeting Candida and getting her autograph ("Taxi for Doyle").

I know it's not a concert but a special mention goes out to Sturdy's book launch party. It was a pleasure to meet all those Pulpy characters such as Nick Banks, Richard Hawley, Magnus Doyle, Tim Allcard, Steven Havenhand, David Hinker and John Nicholls. I remember Sturdy putting something on his website afterwards saying that there was just about the right mix of people there and I agree; members, ex-members, associates, fans - all there for one reason. It would have been nice to meet Russell, but then again you can't have everything...

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I was a late starter with Pulp, I only managed to get to see the the first time at Manchester Apollo during the We Love Life tour. It was so exciting for me as it was the first time - child in a sweet shop scenario, didnt have a clue of where to look during the gig. I was dissapointed that Disco 2000 and Common People didnt get played however there were some amazing performances of Sunrise, Bad Cover Version, Laughing Boy (Funny thing was - when Nick started on the toms , I nearly wet myself thinking they were going to play Life Must Be So Wonderful!

Auto festival was attended by myself and Ian, and it was amazing - from strolling into the soundcheck for a few moments, the taxi moment with Candida, and Happy Endings live.... it was nearly perfect, and then the bombshell of the band not playing "who knows when".

Fast forward to the Wireless Festival, Brixton and Sheffield Arena - they all had a similar feeling after the gigs, with the Wireless being the weaker as it wasnt enclosed, and not as intimate. Im not a fan of festivals. Brixton Academy was an experience.... overnight accomidation inside a converted fedex depot warehouse in Finsbury Park, a varied setlist and a great meeting with a few people from here - id say that was my favourite Pulp experience. Sheffield Arena was possibly my most dissapointing gig. It wasnt nice being in the gods sat down watching a show. I wanted to be on the floor - in with the crowd bouncing along.

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Scottbloodyfrazer wrote:

It wasnt nice being in the gods sat down watching a show. I wanted to be on the floor - in with the crowd bouncing along.





Maybe I'm getting old but I went to watch Suede and Shed Seven last year and sat up in the Gods. I tend to prefer that nowadays.

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I would give anything to be in Brixton '95. Most influential perfrormance on me. Reel on this VHS is no longer played due to the huge number of views

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First gig was Newcastle Arena 26th February 1996. Nothing can beat the excitement as it was actually the first band I had ever seen live.
I loved the first outings of We Love Life songs at Leeds 2000
2nd night at Brixton was a great set & Glasto 2011 was pretty damn special.

Don't ask me to choose!

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One of my favourites was (gulp) 21 years ago yesterday. The Quiet Revolution gig at Edinburgh Queens Hall. It was a strange one at the time - sound not great, and 6 songs in a row that I'd never heard before was a bit much to take at first! But it was fantastic to see them at such close quarters, and playing in such an intimate, stripped-down format (just the 5 of them on a little stage, minimal gear etc). And hearing Blue Girls entirely unexpectedly was pretty great, as were the semi-acoustic rearrangements of the TiH songs. Those new songs, too, were something special - it's a shame they didn't run with that new direction a bit more at that point.

Conversely, Birmingham 1998 was another favourite - a really powerful, rocking show with some fantastic stage projections. And the Britpop Dream moment of Heineken 1995, and then Britpop Dream redux at Hyde Park in 2011. And that's probably enough from me...

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Birmingham 1998 was my first. Interesting you say that about it Sturdy as I have very little memory other than it looking a bit empty in there.

Birmingham 2001 at the Academy was brilliant.

Also loved the Royal Albert Hall gig in the reunion. Though mainly as I feel like an old bugger now and the idea of sitting down and eating ice cream whilst watching Pulp live is pretty much living the dream.

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Yes, it was a bit empty in 1998 - I remember my ticket initially had me sitting up in the balcony, but I went down into the throng and no one stopped me! It was weird, they seemed to have booked that tour in the same sort of venues they'd played on the 1996 arena tour, not taking into account the fact that their stock had fallen a bit since then.

I remember the two Jarvises for The Fear, the beautiful circle of legs for This Is Hardcore, and the failure of the balloon drop at the end (Jarvis even came back onstage with a couple of the roadies to lift him high so he could reach the string, but to no avail). And the extended power chord intro for Disco 2000.

I was at Birmingham '01 as well and really enjoyed it - less distinct memories of that one though, except Jarvis getting very very tangled up in his mic lead at one point. And they played Laughing Boy!

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Royal Albert Hall - because it was the last one I went to and probably the most spectacular in terms of venue.

Other than that probably the first one at The Garage in 1993, but there is never a bad Pulp gig, so they are all favorites just a bit different from each other.



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I remember the balloon incident now. He seemed really pissed off at the end that it hadn't come done if my memory serves me right.

"except Jarvis getting very very tangled up in his mic lead at one point."

Wasn't it some comment like getting tangled up...'like a cat's cradle'. I thought the on stage 'banter' in 2001 was great, nearly as good as the music. Helped it being on Halloween but the stories that were told had me laughing. 'Is there a river in Birmingham? The river Birm? The river Ingham?'. Roadkill and Weeds II also got a rare outing - I think it was only a week after WLL had been released so we got a few songs there that they didn't do elsewhere. That night went down in history with the people I went with - it may just be that we were just desperate for Pulp to come on but there was a support band called Appliance play who I think must go down as one of the worse sets I've seen a band play.







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Yep, all that matches my memories!

Appliance and Meanwhile Back In Communist Russia, wasn't it. Have to admit I wasn't paying much attention...

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Got to agree with the Quiet Revolution- a really interesting one in a beautiful building. I swear someone shouted 'where's Simon Hinkler?' at some point! Finsbury Park in 98 was quite epic but I wish I'd seen them on the 94 tour- too young, unfortunately.

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Sleeve wrote:

I swear someone shouted 'where's Simon Hinkler?' at some point!


Oh God that was me

It was the wittiest thing I could think to say after Blue Girls... thankfully I don't think you can pick it up on the bootleg!

Ahem, moving on... are we including Jarvis solo here as well? Because Glastonbury 09 and Peak Cavern a couple of years back were both pretty special.



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Ha! No way. It seems like a different world now- I've still not listened to the recording after all this time. I remember Jarvis and Steve DJing afterwards, playing Joy Division and Grand Master Flash...

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Ahem, moving on... are we including Jarvis solo here as well? Because Glastonbury 09 and Peak Cavern a couple of years back were both pretty special.


 

That Glastonbury 09 show. God... he gave it so much energy. Shame there was no encore as it didn't feel like it had finished when it did. 

The Cave... I'm still buzzing off the cave. I'm 6'2 and at concerts, always seem to get stuck behind one of the few people in the world who are taller than me...  I didn't realise until afterwards, that on this occasion it was you! 



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In case anyone reading this is concerned, I'd just like to say that it's not completely inevitable that if you go to a Pulp or Jarvis gig, I'll be somewhere nearby, ruining it for you. I'm not sure I've even been to that many, compared to some of you.

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I think the only solution is that we all stand in a line like Russian dolls



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Sounds like a Russell plan.

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I was once at a gig and someone behind me rested their hands on my back and then started to rhythmically tap. I didn't turn round and just ignored it 'til they stopped. I mean... what?

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