Sorted For E's & Wizz (3:37)

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From Different Class and 19 other releases

“Sorted for E’s & Wizz” is a single by the English band Pulp. Taken from their UK number one album Different Class, it was released as a double-A sided single with “Mis-Shapes”, and reached number two in the U.K. charts. It was Pulp’s second successive number two hit in the summer of 1995.

The single caused controversy because it describes a teenager going to a rave “somewhere in a field in Hampshire” and contains references to drugs. “E’s and Wizz” refers to Ecstasy and Speed, and “getting sorted” means obtaining drugs before attending an event, in particular ingesting them before entering. In addition, the single’s CD sleeve contained instructions on how to make a paper wallet to hold drugs. The Daily Mirror newspaper ran a front-page story with the headline “Ban This Sick Stunt” around the time of its release.[1]

However, the song expresses the negative side of “getting sorted” - it refers to a “hollow feeling” that “grows and grows” and includes the line “‘Nice one!’ ‘Geezer!’ That’s as far as the conversation went.” The song’s chorus describes the difference between the highs during the rave itself and the feeling the next morning:

“In the middle of the night
It feels alright
But then tomorrow morning
Oh, then you come down”

The last line of the song is the ominous warning: “What if you never come down?”

Despite its referencing of a field in Hampshire, it is widely believed that this song was largely influenced by Cocker’s own experience watching the Stone Roses at Spike Island, Widnes

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  • JakeyWHFC

    The pirate radio told us what was going down. Got the tickets from some fucked up bloke in Camden town.

    21 Mar 4:50pm Reply
  • MMLaguz

    Nice synth

    17 Mar 8:29am Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    The bit where the synth kicks in sounds kind of like Stereolab

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • spacemonkey2977

    an absolute classic!!!!

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • forlente

    mootha

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • southstarmusic

    love these guys :)

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • wackersska

    no more guilfest ;-[

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • illusionvalley

    What a track! It's like eerie fairground music meets Britpop meets synthpop. Mad but infectious and strangely decadent. Some nice lyrics in there, too. "You first scrobbled Sorted For E's & Wizz on 28 Sep 2012". I can't believe I lived so long without hearing this album.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • fourth_lion

    მან აიძულა მისი ფეხის გარდა და დაიწყო gallop რომელიც ციცაბო ride მისვლა მათ [2]

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ThirstLight

    :)

    9 Sep 2012 Reply
  • abunono

    მან აიძულა მისი ფეხის გარდა და დაიწყო gallop რომელიც ციცაბო ride მისვლა მათ.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • wackersska

    happy

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    6 May 2012 Reply
  • saintsluvver

    "blur made some awesome tracks." Oh no they didn't. Pulp did though.

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ivano1987

    Great song... blur made some awesome tracks.

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Watamelonmofo

    man i love this song

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • BreezinAlong

    Ooooh I like this one. Thank you Marjo

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    Hi Marjo ... Loved this ..(* _ *)

    20 Dec 2011 Reply
  • thenoisepolice

    I seem to have left an important part of my brain somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire. Alright.

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • nicorebel

    Great tune. I remember owning the live version - so trippy. Does anyone remember the album sleeve? It showed how to make a drugs wrap but I think it got banned. Hah!

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
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