Silence
by Pulp

Songfacts®:

  • "Silence" was the main B-side to Pulp's 1987 single "Master of the Universe." It deserves special mention as it was the only song recorded during their ill-feted time on Fire Records that didn't go on to feature on the Masters of the Universe compilation - with good reason, according to Jarvis Cocker.

    Talking about the single to Record Collector in 1994, Cocker noted: "That features the only Fire track which hasn't been reissued: 'Silence,' from demos recorded in an old karate studio, written at that first rehearsal with Russell. Oh, it's so depressing, a two-note keyboard drone, someone playing one of those hunting horns you have on the living room wall and me alternately talking and screaming this story about a love affair that doesn't work out. I banned it from going on the Fire compilation, because it's terrible - I couldn't live with it being out.'
  • Due to Cocker specifically demanding it not be included on any future compilations, "Silence" has earned the title of "Worst Pulp Song Ever" amongst fans - something the band themselves seem keen to agree with!

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