Russell Senior

born on 18/5/1961 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Russell Senior

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Russell Senior (born 18 May 1961) is the guitarist and violinist of the band Pulp.

Senior was born and grew up in Sheffield. Whilst at University in Bath,[1] he formed the "Dada Society" (also known as the "New Wave Society") and appeared as the lead role in a dramatic adaptation of Kafka's The Trial. He also had a band called The Bath Bankers and arranged for a gig at the University featuring his friends from Sheffield - Pulp. He obtained a 2.1 honours degree in Business Administration, and went back to Sheffield to join Pulp. During the Miner's strike of 1984 he acted as a Flying picket, taking part in industrial action including the Battle of Orgreave.[2]


Senior first met Pulp in 1980 when he reviewed a show of theirs for his fanzine, also called The Bath Banker. He joined the third line-up of the band in 1983, the other members being Jarvis Cocker (vocals/guitar), Magnus Doyle (drums) and Peter Mansell (bass). During the mid-1980s he was a central member of the group, often taking vocal duties. He also played the violin on a number of tracks.[3]

As the band became successful, Senior became dissatisfied with the touring, recording and publicity treadmill the band found themselves on after their long-awaited success, and on 20 January 1997 he left Pulp to work on other projects.[4] He commented that he did not like the Cocker-led song "Help the Aged", and that he didn't feel was a worthy follow-up to "Common People", so he deliberately tried to sabotage it in the studio.[5] Soon afterwards, feeling his unhappiness was leading the atmosphere in the band to become poisonous, he told Cocker he was quitting.[5] In an interview he said that "I was very proud of being in Pulp. I thought it was the best band in the world when I was in it, but I want to be able to move on from it at some point."[6]

In 2010 he revealed he was still friendly with his old band members, and said he left in 1997 because, "I liked the idea of ending on a high, I didn't want to slowly fade away."[7]

In November 2010, it was announced that Pulp were to reform and play live in 2011, which included Russell Senior in the line-up.[8][9] He has however not continued with the band for their 2012 tour.

Other work

In 1999 he formed Venini with Debbie Lime (vocals), Nick Eastwood (bass - later with Dolly TV and Hiem), Bob Barton (drums - later with The Human League), and Danny Hunt (keyboards - later with Ladytron).[10] They released three singles before splitting in 2000.

Russell has also worked as a producer with Baby Birkin and more recently The Long Blondes.[11] In March 2006, British indie band Art Brut invited Russell Senior to produce their second album.

He has co-written a musical about the 1980s miners strike, Two Tribes, with Ralph Parmar (DJ Ralph Razor).[12][13]

Personal life

He continues to live in Sheffield with his girlfriend and has two children.[4] Aside from the music world he is also a dealer in antique glassware.


  1. Bath University, School of Management, 12 December 2010. URL accessed on 2 April 2013.
  2. Discord of the miners' strike influenced a musical journey, 25 March 2010. URL accessed on 2 April 2013.
  3. Venini | interviews |
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pulp - Acrylic Afternoons - Russell Senior
  5. 5.0 5.1 Simpson, Dave, The ones that got away, 2 June 2009. URL accessed on 2 April 2013.
  6. Venini (August 1999)
  7. Discord of the miners' strike influenced a musical journey.
  8. Pulp Is Reuniting!. Perez Hilton (11 August 2010). Retrieved on 2 April 2013.
  9. Swash, Rosie, Pulp reunite for live dates in 2011, 8 November 2010.
  10. Senior back in service, 27 April 1999. URL accessed on 13 April 2013.
  11. Russell Senior - Discogs Search
  12. Lawson, Helen (20 January 2012). Russell Senior behind plans to bring 1980s miners' strike to the Sheffield stage as musical. The Stool Pigeon. Retrieved on 2 April 2013.
  13. Two Tribes official website:
Jarvis Cocker | Candida Doyle | Mark Webber | Steve Mackey | Nick Banks
Tim Allcard | Peter Boam | Peter Dalton | Magnus Doyle | Wayne Furniss | Antony Genn | Stephen Havenhand | David Hinkler | Simon Hinkler
David Lockwood | Peter Mansell | Jamie Pinchbeck | Jimmy Sellers | Russell Senior | Mark Swift | Phillip Thompson | Gary Wilson
It | Freaks | Separations |His 'n' Hers | Different Class | This Is Hardcore | We Love Life
Compilation albums
Intro | Masters of the Universe | Hits | The Peel Sessions
"My Lighthouse" | "Everybody's Problem" | "Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)" | "Dogs Are Everywhere" | "They Suffocate At Night"
"Master of the Universe" | "My Legendary Girlfriend" | "Countdown" | "O.U. (Gone, Gone)" | "My Legendary Girlfriend" (live)
"Babies" | "Razzmatazz" | "Lipgloss" | "Do You Remember The First Time" | "The Sisters EP" | "Common People"
"Mis-Shapes"/"Sorted for E's & Wizz" |"Disco 2000" | "Something Changed" | "Help The Aged" |"This Is Hardcore"
"Like a Friend" | "A Little Soul" | "Party Hard" | "Sunrise / The Trees" | "Bad Cover Version"
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