Monday, September 24, 2007

Don't Lose It

While the entire Different Class album is Pulp’s tightest, most streamlined album, this outtake from the album’s demo sessions sounds charmingly unfinished. The band’s staccato, halting attack gives the impression that they’re making it up as they go along. But there’s definitely a compelling lyrical perspective here. Jarvis urges a woman not to give in to undeserving would-be suitors. And he seems to include himself among their ranks. Can we not assume that Jarvis is the one who “wants to put it down on paper/ And put it in a song to sing”? Later he suggests that “you’ll be famous if you let him touch you.” And a few moments later he pleads, “Don’t throw it away/ It means more than a song.” “Don’t Lose It” serves as proof that he’ll give a deep, satirical glance at just about anything, even his own modus operandi.

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