Pulp, one of the foremost groups in the ’90s Britpop scene, are drawing their reunion to a close.
“We’ll just be cruising off into the sunset,” lead singer Jarvis Cocker told England’s Q Magazine (via NME.com) ”Seems poetic. Not wishing to make a big deal, but we’ve played for a while and it’s been really good, but you can’t keep doing that forever.”
The group shot to stardom in 1995 when their single “Common People” reached #2 on the British charts. They went on to join the ranks of so-called “Britpop” superstars like Blur and Oasis, headlining the revered Glastonbury Festival and selling more than 10 million records. In 2002, they broke with their label, Island, and went on an extended hiatus.
Then, in 2011, they reunited for a world tour, including another headlining gig at Glastonbury and a set at this year’s Coachella Festival. According to their website, their final concert will take place on Dec. 23 aboard the S.S. Coachella, a cruise-festival hybrid with performances by Hot Chip, Girl Talk, and others.
Cocker insisted that the reunion was only meant to showcase their live sets and did not include any plans for new music. “It was a big enough challenge to learn how to play all the old songs and, hopefully, perform them in a convincing way,” he told Q. “It also means you aren’t trying to flog anything to anyone – then you have to do interviews and convince people they have to go and buy this new record as well! It was kinda nice not to have to do that.”
Can Pulp fans who missed the tour look forward to any gigs in the future? Cocker’s mum on the subject.
“Will you see Pulp again? Who knows. I’m not stoking those particular rumours.”