In fairness, this blog post isn’t much of a blog post (Opening sentence taken direct from a book that hasn’t been written yet entitled “Blog Posts and How Not To Begin Them”).
Anyway. Between Jo and myself, we have quite a few DVDs produced by the Later.. With Jools Holland team. These DVDs are made up of- hey- performances from the TV show, Later… With Jools Holland. Imagine that! Watching these DVDs, whether they be 10 Years, 15 Years, Louder, Giants or either of the Cool Britannia ones, it’s always struck me that there are some absolute classic performances. Pulp performing This Is Hardcore springs immediately to mind in the “classic” bracket. Snow Patrol performing Run, sadly, does not.
So, basically- even on the best Later DVD you can buy, there will always be tracks that you don’t want to hear. Of course there will, how can a 30 track DVD totally cater for everyone? However, what you can do is go to Youtube and build a compilation of all the tracks that you do want to hear. I haven’t quite got around to doing my ultimate Later playlist, but when I do, you’ll be the first to hear about it. I know, you can’t wait.
In the meantime, here are 10 Later performances from one of England’s finest, PJ Harvey, taken from across nearly 20 years of a fantastic career. Whether it be through her collaborations (with Tricky on the magnificent Broken Homes) , covers, or her own compositions, here is an artist who is never content to rest on her laurels and repeat herself… *cough*Oasis*cough*. Don’t take my word for it, check it out now.
It speaks for itself.
- Wang Dang Doodle- 1993
- Down By The Water- 1995 (my personal favourite)
- Taut (with John Parish)- 1996
- Broken Homes (with Tricky)- 1998
- Big Exit- 2001
- This Is Love- 2001
- Who The Fuck?- 2004
- The Letter- 2004
- Silence- 2007
- The Glorious Land- 2011