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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:15 pm 
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I'm sure this has been discussed before, or may even be common knowledge, but this is a question that is impossible to search for (literally impossible on this forum's software— "dry" is too common to display results!) so I've never been able to find anything about this…

I've always thought it a bit odd that Rid of Me has a song called "Dry" when the actual album Dry does not; in fact, when I first got Rid of Me (which was before I listened to Dry, though I knew of it) and saw the tracklist, I assumed "Dry" was a bonus track from the earlier album. Obviously I know now that Rid of Me was the first recording of it, but even now it's easy to think of it as a misplaced song from Dry: beyond the obviousness of sharing a name and meaning, I feel that the general lyrical and musical composition of "Dry" has more in common with songs on Dry than those on Rid of Me.

Has PJ ever said anything about this— that "Dry" was written earlier, cut from that album, but later re-used? Or is there anything to suggest something along these lines (appearances in live shows ahead of other Rid of Me songs)? It wouldn't be the only time a title track got left on the cutting room floor (see "Uh Huh Her")… or was it really written later?


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Dry was a B-side for Polly's first single, Dress, released in Dec 1991:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dress_(PJ_Harvey_song)

Blandford (pg 35) notes that the B side got more attention than the actual single did for its "controversial subject matter". Perhaps it was deemed too extreme to include on her debut album. It is ironic that it was not included when the Dry album was released in March 1992 as well as not included on the limited edition Dry Demonstration (demo tracks) CD.

Dry regularly appears in the Dry (1992) tour's set lists, but (interestingly) not in any ROM (1993) tour set lists:
http://pjharveyshows.thegardenforum.org/1991-1993.html

She brought Dry back for the Stories tour, but that was the last time for it.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:37 am 
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DrDark wrote:
Dry was a B-side for Polly's first single, Dress, released in Dec 1991:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dress_(PJ_Harvey_song)

Blandford (pg 35) notes that the B side got more attention than the actual single did for its "controversial subject matter". Perhaps it was deemed too extreme to include on her debut album. It is ironic that it was not included when the Dry album was released in March 1992 as well as not included on the limited edition Dry Demonstration (demo tracks) CD.

Dry regularly appears in the Dry (1992) tour's set lists, but (interestingly) not in any ROM (1993) tour set lists:
http://pjharveyshows.thegardenforum.org/1991-1993.html

She brought Dry back for the Stories tour, but that was the last time for it.


Thanks for the info, I didn't know that story, I've always thought PJ just realized that 'Dry' was a good song and didn't want it to be remembered like a B-Side, and then she decided to record it again for 'Rid of Me' (well, I don't remember if the single take is different to the later used in 'Rid of Me').


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Ah, I didn't even think to check for B-sides! That proves it rather definitively, then. Glad to know my intuition was correct, and not just getting caught up on the name. :)

Very interesting to see that it was played during the Dry tour, but then not at all for the Rid of Me tour— she clearly considered it a Dry song!

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(well, I don't remember if the single take is different to the later used in 'Rid of Me').

If this YouTube upload is correct, it's a very different take indeed. It would have made for an excellent closing track.


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Ah, I didn't even think to check for B-sides! That proves it rather definitively, then. Glad to know my intuition was correct, and not just getting caught up on the name. :)

Very interesting to see that it was played during the Dry tour, but then not at all for the Rid of Me tour— she clearly considered it a Dry song!

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(well, I don't remember if the single take is different to the later used in 'Rid of Me').

If this YouTube upload is correct, it's a very different take indeed. It would have made for an excellent closing track.


Hmm, I didn't remember that single version was the demo, then the 'Rid of Me' take was really the only one with the full band? I see... this reminds me of 'Reeling' song, the full band version was released on a single and the demo version appeared on '4-Track Demos'.


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It's interesting that Dress was frequently on set lists for both the Dry and ROM tours, but Dry was only on Dry tour set lists.

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