on June 25, 2019 | Last updated June 25, 2019
PulpLike A Friend
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
“Like A Friend” is a staggering great b-side by Brit pop band Pulp. The song starts off slowly with just an electric guitar and singer Jarvis Cocker‘s voice before building to an all-out alt-rock crescendo. The lyrics are some of Cocker‘s most amusing and moving: dealing with a friendship with (or possibly being “friend-zoned” by) a self-destructive. Cocker knows that the person is bad for him and takes up his time “like a cheap magazine”, but he knows he will always feel compelled to come to their aid. The song ends with Cocker reciting a laundry list of complaints but acknowledging that he is effectively trapped. The song is funny yet pointed and really captures Pulp at their confessional and tuneful best.