Once again, we raid our cassingle casselection. looking for an overlooked song:
Artist: PJ Harvey
Song: “Reeling,” 1993
What happened: Shortly after the release of PJ Harvey’s second full-length, Rid Of Me, Island Records put out 4-Track Demos. The record was, for the most part, a collection of early versions of tracks from Rid Of Me; a demo of “Reeling,” which was a b-side on the “50ft Queenie” single, was also included.
Why it should have been a hit: “Reeling” is Harvey at her brawniest–her choppy guitar strokes and the freaked-out organ only heighten her demands that Robert De Niro sit on her face and that every eye in the house focus solely on her. Sure, it’s jagged and raw, but it was released in 1993, remember? If “Heart-Shaped Box” could make it on the radio, this could have, too.
PJ Harvey – Reeling (Demo) [MP3, link expired]
PJ Harvey – Yuri-G (Demo) [MP3, link expired]