The reunited Brit-pop band Pulp may have just played at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Thursday night, but it didn't diminish the excitement for those who took in the band's set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival the following evening.
"They haven't played the U.S. since 1998 and probably won't again so you have to take every chance you can get to see them," said fan Charlie Ittner as the gloaming closed in on the sweltering polo field Friday night.
"If I were closer I would have thrown my bra onstage," said Ittner's girlfriend, Arwen Byrd. "Jarvis Cocker is still the sexiest frontman I've ever seen."
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And it was hard to argue with her. Cocker, looking emaciated and electric in all the right ways, writhed on the main stage. When the band launched into its hit "Common People," the generational gap amongst the Coachella crowd seemed to close. The song's keyboard strains sliced through the hot night air like a pulsing knife, and tweens and Gen-Xers melted together.
Coachella has the ability to teach the young'uns about the music they missed, just as much as it can educate the the aged about the current music they need to know. When it works, the give and take is luxurious and magical. It is the stuff that massive festivals are made of.
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Image: Pulp's Jarvis Cocker at the first weekend of Coachella on April 13. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times