Second Class

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Island repackaged Pulp's breakthrough album Different Class with a limited-edition bonus disc of B-sides titled Second Class in 1996. Although the compilation is haphazard -- it leaves off the wonderful, Latin-tinged "His N' Hers" (a stronger song than several included here), as well as the intriguing single mix of "Disco 2000" -- it is extremely useful, since it collects the bulk of their best B-sides from His N' Hers and Different Class. The jaunty "Mile End," which was featured in Trainspotting, is a terrifically humorous slice of dead-end urban life that's disarmingly reminiscent of early Cure, while "Ansaphone" is an affecting theatrical ballad, and "P.T.A. (Parent Teacher Association)" is a tongue-in-cheek portrait of perversion. The B-sides that are culled from His N' Hers are a little uneven, but "Your Sister's Clothes" is scarily sexy, and "Deep Fried in Kelvin" and "Street Lites" are two epic synth-pop numbers any Pulp devotee should hear.