Fast forward sixteen years and I properly discovered Do You Remember The First Time? for the first time on a balmy July evening in Hyde Park. (I'll stop doing these weird puns now.) It was Pulp's opening song at the Wireless Festival, and I don't think I've ever seen such a happy, excited crowd as the moment when the chorus kicked in, and streamers exploded out into the audience.
It was pretty beautiful. The whole set was pretty beautiful, in fact, and - while I'm sure the aficionados pledge their allegiances to guitarist/violinist Russell or keyboard player Candida - to me I'm afraid most of that was down to Jarvis Cocker. Jarv is one hell of a front man; funny, generous, great singer and a freaky mover, he climbs over every inch of the stage and you can't take your eyes off him. You pay for a musician and you get a raconteur and dancer too. Not bad going.
And yes, the songs aren't half bad too. ....First Time really was a highlight, but the singalong quality of many of their tracks means they're a perfect festival band. Sorted For E's and Wizz is, of course made for festivals (and I'd forgotten how much I adored it when it came out), and This Is Hardcore and F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E are just stunning live.
Plus, I can't help but have a little soft spot for Common People - when I was feeling a little homesick during my first week at uni, it was shouting "watching roaches climb the wall" with the rest of Indie Soc that persuaded me everything was going to be ok. I'll probably always remember that - and I'll probably always remember singing it with my friends and a few thousand others this weekend too.