Dress (PJ Harvey song)

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Single by PJ Harvey
from the album Dry
Released 1991
Format CD single, 12"
Recorded Autumn 1991
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 3:18
Label Too Pure
Writer(s) PJ Harvey, Rob Ellis
Producer(s) Rob Ellis, Mark Vernon, PJ Harvey
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"Dress" is the debut single by English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey from her debut album Dry. Released in 1991, two promotional music videos were also recorded.

Background and history[edit]

"Dress" was recorded at Yeovil's Icehouse as part of the Dry sessions. The song, like the album, generated an overwhelmingly strong critical response, though the song failed to chart. John Peel described the song as 'admirable, if not always enjoyable' after playing it for the first time on his radio show.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by PJ Harvey, unless where noted.

UK CD and 12" single (Too Pure, PURE CD/5)[1][2]

  1. Dress (PJ Harvey, Rob Ellis) - 3:18
  2. Water - 4:35
  3. Dry - 3:36

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Dress" was directed by Harvey's friend Maria Mochnacz, who would direct numerous videos for Harvey and design album and single art for her later in her career. It was the first video Mochnacz ever shot and as she and Harvey were short on money they could only afford to buy and process 12 minutes of film. As a result of this some parts of the video are repeated and played backwards. The video was shot in black and white on a 16mm Bolex Camera in a circus school in Bristol called 'Fooltime', and consists of Harvey lying on the floor as a giant ballerina stencil is assembled in stop motion around her, as well as Harvey spinning in a dress and a body double swinging from a trapeze.[3]


  1. ^ Discogs, P J Harvey* - Dress at Discogs http://www.discogs.com/P-J-Harvey-Dress/master/52569 Retrieved from discogs.com on 26 April 2010.
  2. ^ Harvey, PJ PJ Harvey http://pjharvey.lucidwebs.co.uk/disc.asp?subpageid=556&gsubpageid=217 Retrieved from pjharvey.lucidwebs.co.uk on 26 April 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjAhnY-xKm4