Remember when Jarvis Cocker appeared on an episode of Stars in Their Eyes made up as Rolf Harris ? Well, that’s what he looks like for real in this, which is a bit unfortunate.
Otherwise, this is a sweet but slight film about Pulp’s ‘final ever’ gig, on their 2011 comeback tour. Well, ostensibly that’s what it’s about, but like Shane Meadows’ recent doc about The Stone Roses’ reunion, the real heart of the film is the fans and their individual stories.
Whereas The Roses fans were largely straightforward blokes talking passionately about ‘real music’, the Pulp fans - the ones interviewed here at least - are, I suppose, a typically eccentric and eclectic bunch; from the shy young single mother from Atlanta to the ancient Dungeon Master lookalike newspaper seller, all lollygagging around Sheffield streets in those familiar long, empty hours that lead up to a gig.
The band members themselves talk about their individual experiences in and out of Pulp, and how they they came to terms with the band’s unlikely period of min-nineties ubiquity. “It didn’t agree with me - like a nut allergy”, says Jarvis about fame.
The nineties seem like a long time ago now. Pulp were cool in the nineties - we all were. Now they’re older, on a deeply uncool nostalgia tour, but more relaxed. This isn’t hardcore, but it’ll do.