Pulp, the most nudge-nudge wink-wink of the Britpop bands that found across-the-pond fame in the '90s, are officially booked to play their first full-band shows since 1996 next year. Since Blur and Suede (minus Bernard Butler) have already done the deed, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior and Mark Webber found a way to announce the reunion news in the most amusingly self-aware way possible: a revamped website called Pulp People that asks all the eye-roll-inducing questions people always ask when a band that has vowed not to reform decides to do just that:
"Is this a momentous occasion?"
"Is this a collective mid-life crisis?"
"Is this a publicity stunt?"
"Is this a chance to see the last truly important pop group this country ever produced?"
"Is this likely to be painful?"
"Is this really necessary?"
Our verdict: this is awesome. If you need a reminder why, watch these six fantastic videos:
"Do You Remember the First Time"
"This Is Hardcore"
"Bad Cover Version"
- Candida Doyle
- Jarvis Cocker
- Nick Banks