The song was released as the second single from her debut studio album, Dryin February An accompanying music video, directed by Maria Mochnacz, was released alongside the single. The song's title is a reference to the eponymous Sheela na gig statues; figurative carvings of naked women displaying an exaggerated vulva found throughout Britain and Ireland. The album version of the song, as featured on Dry P J Harvey* - Sheela-Na-Gig , was recorded at Yeovil's Icehouse Studio—a local studio also used by Jay Diggins and Automatic Dlamini, a band she was previously in with John Parish —as part of the album's recording sessions.
A version, recorded for John Peel and produced and engineered by Mike Robinson and James Birwistle,  was included on the compilation album The Peel Sessionsreleased in The song's title is a reference to the eponymous sheela na gig statues. The lyrics to "Sheela-Na-Gig" make several allusions to the statues in lyrics such as "look at these, my child-bearing hips," "you exhibitionist ," and "put money in your idle hole.
The repeated P J Harvey* - Sheela-Na-Gig , "I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair" is the title of a song from the musical, South Pacific. Musically, the song was composed in standard tuning. A capo is present on the first fret of Harvey's guitar in all versions of the song. The opening consists of four notes alternately played.
The verse and the chorus feature the same two chords Emaj-Gmaj throughout, simplifying the structure. The change in structure is during the bridge "put money in your idle hole" when the chords change A5-F 5-A5-B5. The use of power chords is consistent with the alternative rock scene of the s when other bands, such as Nirvanawere known for their use of power chords.
Three versions of the "Sheela-Na-Gig" single were released. The single was released in Februaryfour months prior to the release of its parent album, Dryon Too Pure Records. The single was pressed on CD7" vinyl, and 12" vinyl with the CD Our Winter Love - Joe Kenyon - Hymne 12" vinyl singles featuring two Dry songs, "Hair" and "Joe", as b-sides.
The 7" vinyl version omitted "Hair" and only copies of it were pressed. The P J Harvey* - Sheela-Na-Gig , like the Dry album, generated an overwhelmingly strong critical response.
Z Magazine referred to the song as "most electrifying" and "constructs a sarcastic, aggressive sexual advance. Farthling  in early The video opens with images of a handbag and women's shoes revolving in an orange-glowing picture frame. These images are repeated twice throughout the video; once during the middle, and again towards the end. The P J Harvey* - Sheela-Na-Gig scene uses religious imagery with a statue of Jesus Christ being shown alongside polaroid prints.
Abstract-shot footage of Harvey and her band performing the song live also incorporate large segments of the video, one video is shot in colour, the other in black and white. The live footage, at times, is overlaid with vivid images of lights and more polaroids.
Various other footage of close-up faces and sheela-na-gig's vulva are also shown. All songs written by PJ Harvey unless otherwise noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 28 April BBC Radio 1. October Da Capo Press. Spin September : The A. Guitar June : Retrieved 26 April UK Singles Chart. Z Magazine : 52— Entertainment Weekly. DorsetUnited Kingdom. Event occurs at PJ Harvey. Discography Awards and nominations The Book of Life. Namespaces Article Talk.
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