Pulp – Razzmatazz

Pulp - Razzmatazz

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Pulp - Razzmatazz

Song

"Razzmatazz" is a song written and released by the British rock group Pulp. Featuring lyrics written by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker about an ex-girlfriend, the song sees the narrator mock his ex-girlfriend for leading a dull life after dumping him.

"Razzmatazz" was the band's final single for Gift Records, charting at number 80 in the UK. The single was released independently of an album, although it appeared as a bonus track at the end of the US version of His 'n' Hers. Since its release, the song has seen positive critical reception and has appeared on multiple compilation albums.

Background

The lyrics to "Razzmatazz" were written by Jarvis Cocker about a former girlfriend. Cocker explained,

"Yeah, I did have a girlfriend when I was at college who I wrote this song, 'Razzmatazz,' about. And then I was kind of embarrassed, I bumped into her a few years later and she twigged that it was about her and it wasn't very complementary [sic]. Actually, we ended up laughing about it; it was all right."

When asked about the song's lyrics, Cocker stated,

"I don't think they're seedy. They're just true to life. I think they're deadpan and down to earth. I don't think they're strange. Razzmatazz is a bit sad."

Cocker explained in Melody Maker,

"It's the most bitter song we've ever done, but however harsh I am about the people in 'Razzmatazz', I'm not writing from above their level. I've got a lot of experience of being as sad as them, if not more so."

Cocker was critical of the song's original production, stating,

"I had some problems with the initial mix—it sounded a little A Flock of Seagulls-like, so we remixed it with Phil Vinall early in '93."

Lyrics and music

According to The National, the song features "a wry, bitter take on intimacy." In "Razzmatazz," the narrator is depicted as having been dumped by a girlfriend who demanded a more glamorous lifestyle, only to relish in how his ex-girlfriend has let herself go and is living a dull life. Notable for its bitter, witty lyrics, the song features the narrator mocking his ex-girlfriend for "getting fatter" after their relationship, for leaving parties alone, and for "going with some kid who looks like some bad comedian."

"Razzmatazz" features what The Guardian described as a "dark disco-charged melody, flavoured impeccably by Cocker's witty, withering vinegar." Stereogum noted that the song has a "gloss that pointed towards the more thorough production standards of the following year's His 'n' Hers."

Release

"Razzmatazz" was released as the third and final single by the band on their new label, Gift Records. The B-side of the single was the suite of songs Inside Susan – A Story in 3 Parts; Cocker explained, "You follow this character from early adolescence through to early thirties and married to an architect somewhere in South London.

The last part, "59 Lyndhurst Grove", was inspired by a party I'd been to the weekend before." Upon its release, the song was named the Melody Maker single of the week. In the UK, the single charted at number 80, the highest singles chart position for the band up to that point.

After its single release, the song was included as the final track on the American release of His 'n' Hers. It has also appeared on the compilations Intro – The Gift Recordings and Hits. A music video for the song was also released to promote the song.

Reception

"Razzmatazz" has seen critical acclaim and has been labelled by many writers as one of Pulp's best songs. Brad Sanders of Stereogum called it "arguably [His 'n' Hers'] very best track." Sarah Dempster of NME called the song a "Formica-topped, sad-eyed, retro-unique delight."

NME readers ranked the song as Pulp's fourth best in a fan vote, writing,

"Yes it's angry and bitter, but it was also eloquently angry, and scabrously witty to boot – Jarvis doing his modern day, indie Oscar Wilde thing brilliantly."

Stereogum's Ryan Leas ranked it as the band's third best, calling the song

"one of their finest achievements and writing, "While it isn't as sonically rough as what they'd explore later, 'Razzmatazz' has a mean intensity in it not so often seen in their mid '90s work."

The Guardian named it as one of Pulp's ten best songs, dubbing it "a supreme pop single with its spinning, dark disco-charged melody, flavoured impeccably by Cocker's witty, withering vinegar." Orange County Weekly named the song as the number nine Pulp song for beginners. "Razzmatazz" has also been voted as the fourth best indie song of all time on 23indie's 'All Time Indie Top 50'.

Comedian Jo Brand praised the song, recounting, "When I first met Jarvis I embarrassed him by saying I thought 'Razzmatazz' was a work of utter genius."


Album

His 'n' Hers è il quarto album discografico in studio del gruppo musicale rock inglese Pulp, pubblicato nel 1994.


Artist

Pulp sono un gruppo musicale rock britannico, fondato nel 1978 dall'allora quindicenne Jarvis Cocker. Il nome originale, poi abbreviato, era Arabacus Pulp. Attivi soprattutto negli anni ottanta e novanta, la loro musica è un misto di rock e pop con elementi di disco music; hanno dichiarato di ispirarsi palesemente a David BowieCureThe Beatles e The Kinks.

Dopo il loro ultimo disco We Love Life (2001), il gruppo è entrato in un periodo di inattività da cui pare sia poi approdato a definitivo scioglimento.

Pulp - Razzmatazz

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Lyrics

The trouble with your brother, he's always sleeping with your mother
And I know that your sister missed her time again this month
Am I talking too fast or are you just playing dumb?
If you want I can write it down

It should matter to you but aren't you the one with your razzmatazz
and the nights on the town?
Oh-oh-oh Oh you knew it and you blew it didn't you babe?
I was lying when I asked you to stay now no-one's gonna care

If you don't call them when you said
And he's not coming round tonight to try and talk you into bed
And all those stupid little things they ain't working
No they aren't working at all oh

You started getting fatter three weeks after I left you
Now you're going with some kid looks like some bad comedian
Are you gonna go out, are you sitting at home eating boxes of Milk Tray?
Watch TV on your own, aren't you the one with your razzmatazz

And your nights on the town?
Oh-oh-oh And your father wants to help you doesn't he babe?
But your mother wants to put you away
Now no-one's gonna care if you don't call them when you said

And he's not coming round tonight to try and talk you into bed
And all those stupid little things they ain't working
Oh they aren't working at all
Oh well I saw you at the doctor's waiting for a test

You tried to look like some kind of heiress but your face is such a mess
And now you're going to a party and you're leaving on your own
Oh I'm sorry but didn't you say that things go better with a little bit of razzamatazz?
Na na nana na na na... and now no-one's gonna care if you don't call them when you said

And he's not coming round tonight to try and talk you into bed
Now it's half past ten in the evening and you wish that you were dead
'Cause all those stupid little things
No they ain't working, oh they aren't working at all.

Testo

Il problema con tuo fratello, va sempre a letto con tua madre
E so che tua sorella ha perso il suo tempo anche questo mese
Sto parlando troppo velocemente o stai solo facendo lo stupido?
Se vuoi te lo scrivo

Dovrebbe importarti ma non sei tu quello con il tuo razzmatazz
e le notti in città?
Oh-oh-oh oh lo sapevi e hai fatto saltare tutto, vero tesoro?
Stavo mentendo quando ti ho chiesto di restare, ora non importerà a nessuno

Se non li chiami quando hai detto
E non verrà stasera per convincerti a portarti a letto
E tutte quelle piccole cose stupide che non funzionano
No, non funzionano affatto oh

Hai iniziato a ingrassare tre settimane dopo che ti ho lasciato
Ora vai con un ragazzo che sembra un pessimo comico
Hai intenzione di uscire, sei seduto a casa a mangiare scatole di Milk Tray?
Guarda la TV da solo, non sei tu quello con il tuo razzmatazz

E le tue serate in città?
Oh-oh-oh E tuo padre vuole aiutarti, vero tesoro?
Ma tua madre vuole rinchiuderti
Ora a nessuno importerà se non li chiami quando hai detto

E non verrà stasera per convincerti a portarti a letto
E tutte quelle piccole cose stupide che non funzionano
Oh, non funzionano affatto
Vabbè, ti ho visto dal dottore in attesa di un esame

Hai cercato di sembrare una specie di ereditiera, ma la tua faccia è un tale disastro
E ora vai a una festa e te ne vai da solo
Oh scusami ma non hai detto che le cose vanno meglio con un po' di razzamatazz?
Na na nana na na na... e ora a nessuno importerà se non li chiami quando hai detto

E non verrà stasera per convincerti a portarti a letto
Ora sono le dieci e mezza di sera e vorresti essere morto
Perché tutte quelle piccole cose stupide
No, non funzionano, oh, non funzionano affatto.




TV 1993




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Live 1994