Pulp’s much-acclaimed His ‘n’ Hers is set for reissue on 2-LP vinyl through UMC/Island Records on 25 October.
This new, deluxe, 25th anniversary edition has been pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl for extra audio quality and now sports enhanced packaging, with the record housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner bags. The album has also been remastered by bassist/producer Steve Mackey, who later helmed records by MIA, The Arcade Fire and Florence + The Machine.
The fourth studio album by the Sheffield indie stalwarts turned mainstream pop heroes, His ‘n’ Hers was the band’s first release on a major label. It was originally issued in 1994 and together with its follow-up Different Class, it is revered as of the highlights of the mid-1990s Britpop era.
The record’s influences emanate from old glam and post-punk records, with the hooks and immediacy of perfect pop — it was sensual yet intellectual, cheap yet sophisticated, retro yet modern — with each seeming paradox giving the music weight instead of weighing it down: with Jarvis Cocker’s wry comments on life in Sheffield, where desperation, sex, and crime are always on the surface, creating evocative images with an appropriate amount of drama and a surplus of flair.
His ‘n’ Hers contains Pulp’s first UK Top 40 hit, ‘Do You Remember the First Time?’ in addition to fan favourites such as ‘Lipgloss’, ‘Joyriders’, ‘Have You Seen Her Lately?’ and the voyeuristic ‘Babies’.
Pulp had actually formed 16 years prior to the release of His ’N’ Hers – enough time for the band learn their craft, weather bitter disappointments and stand apart from the mainstream. Frontman Jarvis Cocker, however, later said the gold-selling, Mercury Music Prize-nominates His ‘N’ Hers was where “the modern-day Pulp was born”: the start of the band’s remarkable voyage which led to their triumphant 1995 Glastonbury headline slot which would make them household names overnight.
His ‘n’ Hers is out on 25 October and can be bought here.