Dirty Harry (musician)
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|Birth name||Victoria Harrison|
10 May 1982 |
|Genres||Alternative rock, pop rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
Dirty Harry (born Victoria Harrison, 10 May 1982, London) is a British rock singer, who is now based in Los Angeles, California, United States. Since 2011 she has performed under the name The Amazonica.
Harry spent her early life living in Singapore and New York as well as in the UK, and was raised under strict conservative family values – a vicar grandfather and mother in charge of a local Sunday school. Harry connected with singers such as Patti Smith and Janis Joplin – influences in both her youth and musical stylings.
As she grew up, Harry became involved in the London music and social scene. She first experienced the London nightlife in her teens, frequenting the club circuit and London fetish nightclubs, Torture Garden and Slimelight in particular – earning her ‘Dirty’ tag along the way, and building a reputation for herself on the underground music scene before launching a music career of her own.
The Trouble With... Harry
Originally recording as "Dirty Harry", Harry recorded two singles (the limited release industrial pop track "Eye", and "Nothing Really Matters") on her own record label, Dirty World Records, as well as an early version of her debut album, The Trouble with... Harry. However, the album's release was not an easy process and complications ensued, resulting in a legal battle leading to Harry dropping her 'Dirty' tag and rebranding herself simply as Harry.
The album was re-recorded and edited under this new name. Years after its inception, it was released in April 2003, through Telstar Records along with the album's supporting singles - "So Real", "Imagination" and "Follow Me". In 2003, Rimmel used "Imagination" - Harry's cover of Belouis Some's hit - to front a TV advertising campaign. The song was also the lead track on Harry's Under the Covers EP which also featured the video for the song.
- In 2004, Harry performed a duet on "Take" from Raymond Watts' album, Pigmartyr.
- In 2006, Harry appeared as a guest vocalist on "Making Me Crazy" for Tommy Lee's solo album, Tommyland.
- Two tracks were recorded ("Set Fire to Me" and "Never Stop") with Crystal Method for DJ Hyper's album, We Control.
- In the same year, she sang alongside Dani Filth in Cradle of Filth's recording of "Temptation" (a cover of Heaven 17) for the album Thornography. She was also in the video for the song alongside the band.
In 2003 she appeared in a controversial episode of the UK Channel 4 television programme, Faking it, where she was to help transform a choir girl into a "rock chick". Controversy arose when the participant, Laura-Jane Foley, claimed she had been misrepresented by the show. However, the episode in question had already run into trouble before it even aired, with regular sponsors Smirnoff refusing to be associated with its scenes of "irresponsible drinking", in which Harry appeared hungover after a night out.
Her filmwork also includes a role as Sophie Johnstone in the 1992 TV series Homeward Bound, and a small role as a lady of the night, Maria, alongside Jonny Lee Miller in the 1999 British film, Plunkett & Macleane.
- The Trouble with... Harry (2003) (released under the name Harry)
- Songs From the Edge (2007)
- (un)Released (2009) - A compilation album of various rare tracks from Harry's career.
- "Eye" (2000)
- "Nothing Really Matters" (2001)
- "So Real" (2002) (released under the name Harry) - UK #53
- "Follow Me" (2003) (released under the name Harry)