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Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker is the poet laureate of misfits. Like a self-pity-less Morrissey, on Different Class he tells lyrical tales of outcasts and class struggle that resonate with humor and pathos. On “Sorted for E’s & Wizz,” Cocker sniggers at the drug-fueled ecstasy of rave culture (“Oh is this the way the future’s meant to feel?/Or just 20,000 people standing out in a field”) but appears empathetic when realizing his own loss of utopian idealism. “Disco 2000” finds him holding a torch for a childhood crush, “Mis-shapes” tells of weirdos threatened for being different, and “I Spy” is a philanderer’s hilarious fantasy. Cocker’s Bowiesque crooning and his band’s musical mix of the new wave and the new romantic has catapulted Pulp to fame in Britain: After 16 years of trying to get noticed, Cocker’s outsiderhood has brought him into the inner circle. The Drag opens at 8:45 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $12. (202) 393-0930. (CP)