Andy
The Story of "Common People" Part 1A.

If any English speakers would like to check my transcription for errors, and help out by answering any questions people may have, it would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltodth1h1Oo

It was a classic slice of Britpop that stood head and shoulders above its nineties rivals.
It's such a huge anthem, it really is, and it just seems to, I mean it seems to just be able to sort of reach out and just touch a lot of people.
For the first time Pulp tell the real story behind the making of a pop anthem from their working class roots in Sheffield.
Did Jarvis's mum ever think he'd make it as a Britpop star?
He must have spent half his life in his bedroom writing music.
Discover what the band really thought of Jarvis's keyboard playing.
I mean it sounded pretty rubbish.
It sounded quite sort of toytown and eighties.
What is the mystery behind the lyrics and that Greek girl?
I say in the song, "she studied sculpture at Saint Martin's College" which is actually, untrue.
This is a journey from the beginings of Britpop to the hit which was to move thousands at Glastonbury.
I've never felt anything like it, and I I, I imagine I probably never will experience anything like that again.
This is the story of "Common People".
It's 1995 and Princess Diana spills the beans on life in a royal marriage, Nick Leeson breaks the bank, and Hugh Grant is quite literally caught with his pants down. It was also the year that saw the birth of a new musical movement, "Britpop".
The Blur versus Oasis vendettas highlighted the class issues at the root of the scene.
Meanwhile in Sheffield, a bunch of northerners were creating a pop anthem that would reflect this class war and go on to become the sound of that summer.
Common People was one of the, you know, the top 5, I suppose, you know, enduring Britpop songs ever.
Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, grew up in the working class Sheffield suburb of Intake. The realities of life in this northern town would be reflected in the lyrics of Common People.
I would say Intake itself wasn't really that rough. I think it's become a bit rougher now. You know, there were rough kids about and stuff but it weren't so bad.
Although we'd been born in Sheffield and stuff like that, we never, none of us felt that at home in it, in that you were kind of caught between two worlds, like, if you went into town on the Friday night, you'd run the risk of getting beaten up for looking a wierdo or something. But then we found all the students who came to Sheffield got on us nerves as well, except you can go to their parties and nick beer.
Jarvis Cocker is returning to his hometown to begin a journey, one that will reveal the roots of Pulp's nineties classic. And it all began here, the place were the band originally rehearsed Common People, back in the summer of 1994.
The rehearsal room was in reality the attic above a pottery shop run by the family of Pulp's drummer, Nick Banks.
Yes, I'd say we've made these pots rattle in our time, haven't we Nick?
Yeh, oh aye, yeh.
This is what being in a band's all about, waiting fo' rest o em to turn up.
And look who's there.
Those late band members are guitarist come violin player Russell Senior and keyboard player Candida Doyle.
Hi. What you been buying? Oh just some..........
Pulp haven't worked together since their 2001 album "We Love Life". This is the first time the group have been back to their old rehearsal space in 10 years.
Alright Malcolm?
Pulp has had it's fair share of musical talent since the group formed in 1978. A total of 23 musicians have been part of the band. But it was the vintage of 1995 featuring Russell Senior, Candida Doyle, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey, and Jarvis Cocker which would finally achieved chart success with Common People.

Feb 13, 2016 3:56 PM
Comments · 5

I'm glad you're enjoying them and finding them of some benefit.

Examples would be - The athlete was a national hero until, during a televised interview, he spilled the beans on his use of performance enhancing drugs.

How did your date with Jenny go? Come on, spill the beans.

The civil servants thought that the fraud would go unnoticed, that was until one of their colleagues spilled the beans on their activities.

You're very happy today, spill the beans, have you won the lottery or something?

February 22, 2016

Your sentence doesn't sound very natural, I would say - You shouldn't have said that you met Mary yesterday, she was supposed to be ill. You let the cat out of the bag.

I think you could use 'on' or 'about', but 'on' is probably much more common.

Don't worry too much about trying to use the saying, I can't remember the last time I used it.

February 24, 2016

Would be this example correct?

You shouldn't have said that you met Mary yesterday, she was supposed to be ill. You spilled the beans on her. 

Could you say?

- You spilled the beans ON her 

- You spilled the beans ABOUT her

Thanks!


In Spanish it would be "Irse de la lengua" but not in all the examples you gave.

February 23, 2016

I have watched the video two times now, the first one with no subtitles and the second one with them (your transcription) and it made a difference!


There were some sentences impossible to understand so I was lost. I understood the second time that Common people is a song of Pulp band, considered the creators of "Britpop" :)


Thank you so much! I am going for the second part and give it a try. It has not been easy, I would not have been able to understand it with no transcription.


By the way, could you give me some examples of sentences with the idiom "spill the beans on"?

February 21, 2016
I have not been in italki for a while that is why I am late answering this post but I really like! Sometimes it is difficult to find short videos with the transcription and if there are not subtitles there is no way to understand them (talking about myself). Thank you so much for doing this, it really helps!
February 20, 2016