I just got back from a screening of the new documentary "The Beat is the Law: Music for the Common People". its a good documentary about the Britpop group "Pulp" and the city of their birth, Sheffield. I said that it is a good documentary, which means, by definition, that it is not a great one. Sometimes is muddles around a bit too much on less interesting subjects, making it a bit too long. However, the sections about the city during the "Thatcher era" are very interesting, especially the parts that remind you about exactly how horrible it is both socially and economically for a government to dissolve labor unions. It also does a good job of reiterating that from troubled times often comes great music and art. It certainly explains why there was nothing good coming out of the US during the Clinton administration, people were all to damn financially secure and happy.
The focal point of the doc, however, remains the fifteen year long struggle for Pulp to rise to the top of the charts. They did it by being themselves and eventually, the house music that had dominated the UK charts for a decade before went away and they were free to take control of mid 90's British pop culture. This culminated with Pulp headlining the 1995 Glastonbury Music Festival, leaving in their wake one of the greatest sets in modern music history.
It's late and I want to go to sleep so I shall just say this, if you have any interest in anything musical whatsoever and have never heard of this band, then sit back, relax, click on the link below and enjoy something truly, truly phenomenal and inspiring.