Much to my embarrassment I have only ever seen PJ Harvey perform once and this was at the recently demolished Astoria 2 club in London back in 1996. She was going through her pink cat suit/long fake eye lashes phase touring her 'To Bring You My Love' album. I remember being totally impressed by how big a sound such a small framed person could make, it was a stella performance and I vowed to see her again. Somehow this just never happened and I am a little disappointed I'll be missing her yet again this weekend when she plays at Alexandra Palace. One day, one day!
To celebrate the lady who I regard as one of the best female musicians around, here are a couple of my favourite PJ Harvey songs. They all bring back memories from different times.
I owned a dodgy tape version of 'Dry'. The sound was slightly muffled and fluxuated randomly between loud and quiet before my tape player eventually chewed it.
Love the bass in this song, so sparse yet so powerful. My brother and I brought this CD ('To Bring You My Love' between us but it never left my CD collection. Sorry Jim!
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