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

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


When did we stop rehearsing here?
Just.....
It must have been around the time when Common People were done weren't it cos we had to have been down in London recording, and then we had to rehearse there didn't we.
I do remember like, rehears, rehearsing to it here and there was a bit of an appreciation, cos some, cos it's like tin walls, and so we, I think we did it, and then there were some like, you know, lairy youths on choppers with air rifles..........., which I think was the first we got other than "I'm gonna nick your car and smack you".
It would take another 4 months of band rehearsals before the British public would get it's first sniff of the indie classic.
Now that stuff weren't there were it.
It's not exactly as it, as it was.
No.
Wow, look.
Archive material.
That's one of our songs.
Which song's that?
Which one is it?
That's errrrrrr, "Seconds" I believe.
Ooh bloody hell I.......
Yep.
Oh this is the original sugar. I'm sure we've probably made a cup of tea with this. I'm looking for the sell by date. 11/95, see it could have been. This sugar could have been used, at the time.
Yeh, it might not be sugar though.
The events that led to the song being written, mainly happened in London, but, it wasn't that long after I'd moved down to err, to London, and so, the the sensibility was definitley that of somebody moving from up north, down south.
September 1988, and it looked like Pulp were heading for pop oblivion. With no hits, and their deal with Fire Records coming to an end, Jarvis decided to dump life up north in favour of a fresh start as a film student at Saint Martin's College, down south. But he didn't abandon music completely, as he embarked upon one of pop's shortest ever career moves, working part time in a Notting Hill record shop.
I I was, I never served behind the counter, I was just in the back, er, filing cassettes. You know, I was very, obviously er, not considered responsible enough to be allowed to touch money or anything like that.
I ended up working here one day, I filed some cassettes, and then the second day I was supposed to be working here, I'd been out the night before and, made the mistake of taking some LSD and er, it hadn't worn off by the time I was supposed to be coming to work. So I think at the time I was supposed to be at work I was actually hidden in a tree on Hampstead Heath, cos that seemed to be the only place, that wasn't dirty and frightening. That was the end of my employment, at the Notting Hill Music and Video Exchange.
After he finished his studies at Saint Martin's, Jarvis would return to that same record shop, this time to buy the keyboard he would use to write Pulp's biggest hit. By then the band would have re-emerged with a new line up.
I bought the keyboard in the, in the record and tape exchange and then just walked home and, and er decided to have a go on it, you know. These keyboards are good because, they play everything for you, and when you can't play anything very well that's quite handy.
And it was in this, West London flat where he would come to compose the tune that would become the basis of Common People.

Feb 13, 2016 4:00 PM
Comments · 2
You're very welcome. Don't worry, if you could understand everything that is said in the video you would have the listening ability of a native speaker.
February 22, 2016
Got the second part of the video. There was no way to understand what he was doing in that shop and I see now that the keyword is just a wait to remind his past (remember?) :) Quite a difficult video for myself. Thank you so much for this challenging activities and the time you have spent transcribing the whole video.
February 21, 2016