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Pulp: Common People (Island, single). In Jarvis Cocker, the tensions of class conflict and sexual desire fuse to unforgettable effect. BT

Pavement: Wowee Zowee (Big Cat, CD/LP/tape). Highest-grade cerebral Americana: obtuse but irresistible. BT

Elvis Costello: Kojak Variety (Warner, CD/tape). Gems unearthed and polished. NB

Supergrass: I Should Coco (Parlophone, CD/LP/tape). Scruff'n'tumble with Oxford's Benzedrine Beatles. NB

McAlmont and Butler: Yes (Hut, single). Phil Spector rides again. A chocolate mousse of a song. Tim de Lisle

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