Unsentimentally droll Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker waxes lyrical on his native Sheffield in this personal diary which recalls growing up in a sad, once thriving city. Comparisons to Detroit partly drive Cocker's thesis, which contrasts Sheffield's hardship with its musical successes such as Joe Cocker, the Human League and Artery. Jarvis's band Pulp emerged in the post-punk era, which, he claims, put life back into the rather bleak and derelict city.
Radio features: pages 134-135
New series 1/3. As part of Radio 2's season devoted to dance music, Zoe Ball starts a countdown of the top ten greatest dance records ever, as voted for by Radio 2 listeners. The top-20 shortlist resulted from the combined dancefloor savvy of panellists including Ian Levine, Carl Cox, Danny Rampling, Chris Hill and Sasha. Tonight's programme features numbers ten to seven, with input from artists, DJs and assorted dance luminaries.
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