Friday, June 12, 2009

Come over here, baby, and talk in the mic

144. Pulp - "This is Hardcore" (Island Records, 1998)

Let's not get all theoretical on a Friday, huh? Let's have a few beers. But seriously in this tale Young Jarvis (to differentiate the narrator from the author, y'see) imagines directing/starring in a little sex film with an actress he saw in some pictures back in the day (b-movies and genre pics, if the video is anything to go by, although, let's face it, I'd rather call them Pulp films at this point). So on the critical level, the song and video reinforce the idea that genre films (noirs, thrillers, musicals even) act most directly and viscerally on our psyche by extending the line from dem to pornography. On another level, it's just a damn sexy song. Also, the way Jarvis sings "I like your get up if you know what I mean" kills.

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