Pulp drummer thought Common People was 'tuneless dirge'

Song named greatest ever Britpop track

Pulp drummer thought Common People was tuneless dirge

Pulp drummer Nick Banks has admitted that he didn't think Common People would become a smash hit when he first heard it – in fact he thought it was 'tuneless dirge.'

Discussing the track with 5 Live Breakfast, Banks was asked if he always knew the song would be successful. He said: "Not particularly, no. It sounded like a bit of a tuneless dirge at first, to be honest. Jarvis came to the rehearsal room with a rubbish C6 cassette of him alone in his bedroom playing the song on a Casio thing and saidhe had this song or us to work on and we thought, 'What a load of rubbish.'

It seems the finished thing turned out okay though, as it has just been named by 6 Music listeners as the greatest ever Britpop song, beating The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony and 'Don't Like Back in Anger' by Oasis into second and third place respectively.

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