PICTURES AND VIDEO: 25 years on from Pulp's Babies single, what does Sheffield's Stanhope Road look like now?

Jarvis Cocker put Stanhope Road on the map.
Jarvis Cocker put Stanhope Road on the map.
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Exactly 25 years ago this year, Sheffield musical legend Jarvis Cocker penned and released the group's classic single Babies.

While the song wasn't an immediate hit on its release in 1992, it has gone on to become one of the group's best loved songs.

And what's more, it has also helped immortalise an unremarkable Sheffield street in song - Intake's Stanhope Road, which features prominently in the lyrics which tell a tale of suburban teenage angst.

Two and a half decades on, we take a look at the street and the story behind the song.

The song, recorded in the summer of 1992 and released in October of that year begins with the lyrics: "Well it happened years ago, when you lived on Stanhope Road" before descending into the story of a teenage boy spending afternoons listening to a girl taking boys to her room.

But this is not enough for him and he hides in the elder sister's wardrobe and watches her with "David" (from the garage up to the road).

Stanhope Road featured in the lyrics to Babies.

Stanhope Road featured in the lyrics to Babies.

The song, released on the Gift label, and recorded in London, didn't dent the charts on its initial release, but was later remixed for The Sisters EP in 1994 by which time the group had enjoyed some chart success, and made it into the top 20.

The single also included the infamous Sheffield: Sex City, an eight-minute sleazy and seedy trawl through a list of the city's placenames.

Needless to say Stanhope Road, with its mix of terraced properties and some semi-detached homes around a central green area, was part of the Intake area where Jarvis grew up and has changed little in the intervening years.

In an interview after the song's release, he said: "At the side of Intake Primary School is Stanhope Road, which turned up in a Pulp song years later called Babies, and it was funny, because I was out in Sheffield the other night and I got talking to these two girls and one of them said they'd moved on to Stanhope Road - which isn't a very long road - because it was mentioned in the song Babies, and I said, "Oh, that's a shame".

The road as it looks today.

The road as it looks today.

The road in Intake has become a shrine for Pulp fans.

The road in Intake has become a shrine for Pulp fans.

Jarvis Cocker.

Jarvis Cocker.