Various - The Trip curated by Jarvis Cocker & Steve Mackey

The purpose of The Trip series may be for musicians to show how cool and obscure they are in their taste and inspiration. This edition, curated by Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey, definitely has that feel.

To give an indication: disc one kicks off with Gassenhauer (more commonly known as the theme from Badlands), then moves onto Nick Cave theatrically shrieking his way through Release The Bats, then Porter Wagoner's (much) quieter, but still horror-themed, The Rubber Room (i.e. where the insane are sent). Later come such dodgy choices as OMD ruining The Velvet Underground's Waiting For The Man and the annoying Jet Boy Jet Girl. Is this a patience-testing exercise in personal indulgence?

That The Trip is hit and miss is the point. It's Cocker and Mackey's journey, so they'll make the choices. The good news is, for every track one finds infuriating, there is bound to be something which strikes an unexpected chord. This reviewer found his ears tickled by (amongst others) gentle country offerings from Dory Previn and Bob Lind, a psychedelic instrumental from Animated Egg, The Beach Boys' lovely Feel Flows, The Fall's typically barking cover of Lost In Music, Electronicat's Wop Do Wop (sounding like it belongs in a Tarantino film) and John Cooper Clarke's Beasley Street (the sleazy observational lyrics presumably an influence on Cocker).

So, yes, this compilation has an air of self-consciousness in the dusting off of tracks that would more likely be found collecting dust in an attic, or possibly a branch of Oxfam; not to mention the frequent championing of what might be considered deeply unfashionable. Would you expect anything less from Pulp members? It's worth a spin for the adventurous.

Overall

7

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 06:13:40

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