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Being released on a Birdsong Project called For The Birds.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/music/2022/may/23/randall-poster-birdsong-project-music

Now streaming, Spotify link:

https://open.spotify.com/track/1xOrXrgPYCKSDKeBLVzKbS?si=2zghJFAWQL2npMu6UuTE0Q&utm_source=copy-link

 

It's much more spoken-word than the live/demo versions we know but it's so lovely to hear an official version of this, one of Pulp's finest moments, after so many years.



-- Edited by Eamonn on Wednesday 25th of May 2022 11:01:55 AM

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Good heavens!

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Sounds like a Lockdown home-recording reminds me a bit of "Thinking About The New Millenium...", I dont think the omnichord is still there but it's lovely, all the same. I reckon a Jarv Is... version of this with harp and violin could be majestic.

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I don't have Spotify cry



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Sarah I think you might be able to listen on the embedded player in this page, even without a Spotify account: www.audubon.org/birdsong-project (Cuckoo Song is track 36)

Coming to vinyl later in the year: www.roughtrade.com/us/various-artists/for-the-birds-the-birdsong-project
The track listing shows Jarvis appears on another track on album #16, probably released digitally in August or September.

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Also on YouTube:

 

 



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Eamonn, you absolute legend!

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Lush, innit? Must have listened to it at least half a dozen times today.







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Oh my Holy fuck..... this is just such a surprise. Shame its in the Jarvis "talk" style, but its still lovely. WOW !!! Wonder what made him revisit WLL demos for....?

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So beautiful. We drove back from the Jarvis exhibition today, listening to Jarvis in shuffle on Spotify and this came up. I had no idea this had been done. Amazing to have it out in the wild after all these *decades*!

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Nice surprise !

Now is the time to release the WLL demos. come on, you can do it.

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Looking at the credits to this song on Spotify and its credited solely to Jarvis. I wonder would that rule the Pulp demo version out of inclusion on any future reissue? Is there a precedent for a Pulp song released that has written only by Jarvis?

I imagine there must have been songs on TIH written by Jarvis and brought to the group to arrange and play (there is a direct quote from another band member suggesting as much in the BBC Radio 1 doc from 1998) - I imagine stuff like TV Movie and A Little Soul may fall into that category. Everybody got credited of course, ultimately.

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It's always been the case..
Jarvis has the initial song and bare bones..
The other guy's flesh it out with their instruments and talents..
It's no revelation...
He's been generous in this regard as far as I'm concerned..
Splitting royalties that dar?
I don't think i would if i was that talented...

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What about all that "Let's try and create an atmosphere as if we're in the woods and Candida you're the crunchy leaves and Russell, you're the ominous presence..." etc. shiz? Was that way of writing songs a rare occurrence?

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I'd say exactly that - a rare occurance..
Lest we forget..it was Nick who apparently came up with the original intro for babies..

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It's not surprising, really. Russell didn't get a credit for "Help the Aged". Mark never got credited for his involvement on "Do You Remember The First Time".

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Has anyone found anywhere that this album / the track can be purchased and downloaded? I've been keeping an eye on my usual digital stores and the Birdsong Project site, but have only found streaming links so far. Which is all very well, but I'd like a copy to keep! :)

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The vinyl box set is released on 12/9/2022. Maybe a digital release is coming at the same time. I will not spend 400 for one track! 

 



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Not sure when it happened, but I checked back today and the album is available on plenty of HQ download sites now, including Qobuz

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You're right. Fortunately, On Qobuz, we can buy only one track. It's not always like that on Qobuz.

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Someone is clearly fond of one of the best songs he ever wrote:

https://mobile.twitter.com/BirdLife_News/status/1569719217510834176?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

Strong chance of hearing it next year, be it live or band-recorded version?



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Reckon so. Live at least - but if recording, why stop there when there are so many unrecorded songs with a similar mood and feel? An EP with G's Nursery, Quiet Rev, and others would be a very special thing indeed. All without setting pen to paper.

 

Imagine: Got To Have Love opens, followed by My Body May Die; when we finally hear Jarvis, after 5 or 6 minutes of music, his first words would be "You thought I could leave you? I could never leave you". Welcome back! (They always did keep us waiting...)

 

 



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oh my god I LOVE my body may die - i'd forgotten about that one

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I once covered it at a Pulp covers night with a classically trained singer. She even played glockenspiel. Don't think the crowd knew what to make of it!

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superchob wrote:

Reckon so. Live at least - but if recording, why stop there when there are so many unrecorded songs with a similar mood and feel? An EP with G's Nursery, Quiet Rev, and others would be a very special thing indeed. All without setting pen to paper.

 

Imagine: Got To Have Love opens, followed by My Body May Die; when we finally hear Jarvis, after 5 or 6 minutes of music, his first words would be "You thought I could leave you? I could never leave you". Welcome back! (They always did keep us waiting...)

 


 

This idea is genius!

 

I'm hopeful that they'll do something a bit different to the 2011/'12 reunion. I'd settle for a shake-up of the festival/hits set to incorporate more of the later material (imagine starting Glastonbury with an opening salvo of Party Hard and After You cranked-up loud) and Jarvis is a bit of a people-pleaser including us uber-phans, so maybe there'll be the odd  wonderful surprise.



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