I’d like to have a beer with…

Polly Jean Harvey

She’s an interesting chic. She’s private, rock’s harder than any woman in music, and seems to do her art just to create something that pleases her. In the few interviews that she has done she appears quiet, soft spoken, and maybe a little awkward. However, when she’s onstage she’s a totally different woman.

I’ve included my favorite video by her below and an interview that exemplifies what I stated above. I really don’t know why I like this music video so much. I love the song on her 1993 release Rid of Me. I also like that Steve Albini produced this album, I think the way he helped her sound so raw like you were in the room with her and her band, is perfect. I think this video complements that nicely.

Here’s a short interview with Polly.

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7 Responses to “I’d like to have a beer with…”

  1. davidinfanger Says:

    PJ Harvey’s a woman? (seriously)

  2. davidinfanger Says:

    PS – Still listening to Townes van Zandt – I really, really enjoy him. He sounds an awful lot like 1960s Dylan (e.g., Fraternity Blues vs Dylan’s Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues are interchangeable) which isn’t a bad thing. He also sounds quite a bit like Hank Williams. I was reminded of Paul Westerberg while I listened to him as well…maybe Westerberg cites Van Zandt as an influence? A little bit of Bright Eyes in there too – wonder if Oberst cites as an influence too.

    Many questions. But first: is PJ really a woman?

  3. radioloveless Says:

    PJ is a woman….

    Here’s a funny quote from Steve Earl, just some food for thought.
    ”Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.”

  4. mike Says:

    Interesting that David hears some Hank Williams in that album…Townes cited him as a major influence. Also, I had previously assumed that Townes suffered a tragic early death, but it turns out that he passed away in 1997. He was 52. I think I got him mixed up with Gram Parsons, another songwriting phenom, who died at age 26.

  5. mike Says:

    Wouldn’t you agree that Steve Albini’s best work was with Bush?

  6. radioloveless Says:


  7. cinnamon tingle Says:

    thanks for the interview! and great timing! I’ve just gotten back into PJ after not having listened in almost 10 years. Rid of Me got me through work the other day. love her, love her, love her…

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