...blue plaque above the place where I first heard "I Spy"...

So excited. Yeah I spent too much money on the ticket and ended up not getting a second one for a friend TBD but, you know, I have been waiting on this for a long time now, and I don't think anyone I know personally who currently lives in America, never mind New York, has been. In that respect, not much has changed in my life in the last 16 years or so.

I still remember seeing the posters in Olsson's way back when for the tour of America Pulp embarked upon after the release of Different Class. I remember feeling so daunted - how would I get there? Who would take me? I was young, mind. I never went.

It's funny to know now that Jarvis was into hard drugs at the time (or maybe a bit later?) as his was one of the first interviews I read that stood out for being about ideas instead of excess. That mattered to teenage me. Pulp was one of the first bands I encountered, even with the sexualized lyrics, whose vision of cool didn't seem to disinclude the bookish, the straight-edge, the friendless, the real freaks, not those who became millionaires playing freaks on TV.

Will I meet you there? Will something change?

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