The Britpop group Pulp gained success with a combination of catchy, irreverent singles and tabloid shenanigans. After performing for over three decades, the band broke up in 2002, only to reunite in 2011 for a belated farewell tour. One of the last shows took place where it all began, in Sheffield, England, the hometown of founding members Jarvis Cocker and Peter Dalton. The event was captured in the concert documentary Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets – on Nov. 19th, Pittsburgh music fans can see the film when it opens at the Hollywood Theater.
Sheffield, 1988, The Day That Never Happened. Following a disastrous farewell show in their hometown, Pulp move to London in search of success. They find fame on the world stage in the 1990s with anthems including “Common People” and “Disco 2000.” Twenty-five years and 10 million album sales later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert – what could go wrong? Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality, and car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band’s personal offerings with dream-like, specially-staged tableaux featuring people recruited on the streets of Sheffield. Unveiling the deep affection that the inhabitants of Sheffield have for Pulp, and the formative effect the town has had on the band’s music, particularly front-man Cocker’s lyrics, Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets is a music-film like no other – by turns funny, moving, life-affirming and occasionally bewildering.
Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets screens at the Hollywood Theater on Nov. 19th, Nov. 21st, Nov. 22nd, and Nov. 23rd. Tickets are $6 to $8 and are available through Showclix or at the door.