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Pulp drummer hated Common People

14/04/2014
Pulp's drummer Nick Banks (second from right) says he didn't like their hit Common People to begin with: Photo © Pulp drummer hated Common People Photo

Pulp's drummer Nick Banks has admitted he didn't like their hit song Common People at first as he thought it sounded like a "tuneless dirge".

Nick was a guest on 5 Live Breakfast and when asked if he'd known the band were recording something special with the song, released in 1995, he owned up to not having been too keen on it at first.

According to Digital Spy, he replied: "Not particularly, no... It sounded like a bit of a tuneless dirge at first, to be honest."

The band's drummer explained that when he heard frontman Jarvis Cocker's original low-fi recording he thought it sounded like a "load of rubbish" and only began to change his mind when they started working on it in a studio.

In a BBC Radio 6 Music listener poll of the best Britpop anthems, Common People came first, followed by The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony and Oasis's Don't Look Back In Anger.

Common People's highest chart position when it was released was number two, with Robson and Jerome's Unchained Melody/(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover beating Pulp to the top spot.

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