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Pulp’s James Murphy-Produced Track Getting Official Release

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Pulp gave fans attending last month’s homecoming concert at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, a special Christmas present: digital access to ‘After You,’ a track they recorded with former LCD Soundsystem singer James Murphy. Now the band has announced plans to offer the song as an iTunes download starting Monday (Jan. 28) — although you can stream it below right now.

Pulp first demoed ‘After You’ back when they were recording their 2001 album ‘We Love Life,’ but it didn’t make the cut. The band revisited the song last year, and after beginning work on an all-new version in November, they finished it up the following month with Murphy at the boards.

Then, during Pulp’s Dec. 8 gig in Sheffield, fans were handed Christmas cards with a code that gave them access to the tune starting at the strike of midnight on Christmas Eve. The card read: “We got you a little present but you can’t open it til Xmas day, OK? If you enter this code into a computer anytime after midnight on Xmas Eve you will get a nice surprise – but no peeking before then! That would be naughty.”

Soon, all fans will have ‘After You’ access — and there could be more music from Pulp coming down the pipeline. Singer Jarvis Cocker recently told NME that the reunited band hasn’t ruled out recording some new material.

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