"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.'