Pulp

Disco 2000, Pt. 1

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Adapting the central riff from Laura Branigan's dance-pop hit "Gloria," Pulp transfers the riff to guitar for "Disco 2000," making tougher, glitzier and glammier, as well as giving it a melody that flows more gracefully. And the lyrics -- following Jarvis Cocker's life-long unrequited love for a childhood friend named Deborah -- are clever and heart-breaking, adding up to one of Pulp's best singles. Upon its release in November 1995, it entered the British Top 10. Disco 2000 was released as two separate singles, both of which contained the album and 7" mixes of the title track. The 7-inch mix is substantially different than the album mix. The guitar is subdued, the keyboards are brought up in the mix, there are harmony vocals on the chorus, and there's a spoken word bridge. Ironically, the album mix sounds more like a single than the 7" mix, but both are first-rate. The other two B-sides are Motiv 8remixes of "Disco 2000" which are entertaining, but not revelatory.

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