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John Parish is a British musician, songwriter and record producer, born in Yeovil, Somerset in 1959. His latest collaboration with PJ Harvey, entitled “A Woman A Man Walked By”, was released on Island records on March 31th 2009.

After playing in several bands, John Parish formed Automatic Dlamini in 1983 and for the next 9 years recorded and toured under that name. Members of Automatic Dlamini at various times included Rob Ellis, PJ Harvey, Ian Olliver, Jeremy Hogg (all of whom later performed with PJ Harvey), Giles Smith (writer/journalist) and Andy henderson (Echobelly). In 1988 Automatic Dlamini was one of the first Western European bands to tour Eastern Europe. Automatic Dlamini albums were The D is for Drum (1987), Here Catch Shouted His Father (1989- unreleased) and From a Diva to a Diver (1992). In 1986 Parish also began his career as a record producer working with UK bands including The Chesterfields, The Brilliant Corners, and The Becketts. In 1995 he co-produced PJ Harvey’s To Bring You My Love (1995), on which he also played guitar, drums, percussion and organ. Parish toured with Harvey during 1995. In 1996 they recorded Dance Hall At Louse Point together: John wrote and performed the music and Polly did the lyrics and vocals.


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  • OrkoOnDoomsday

    John "Steve Jobs" Parish.

    21 Apr 2011 Reply
  • sainbrol

    "How Animals Move" is very nice

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • bobbybilly

    Apparently Zane Lowe will be playing 'Black Hearted Love' on his BBC Radio One show on Monday March 2 from 7pm. After this it will be available to download digitally from

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • bobbybilly

    Reviews of new PJ Harvey and John Parish album are in Uncut and Mojo. See

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • fazimel

    To anyone interested, I have some pictures from a recent show here. I also thought I'd mention two interesting projects: John is working on the soundtrack of a new film by Patrice Toye (director of 'Rosie') and preparing a follow-up to 'Dance Hall At Louse Point' with PJ Harvey. I'm really looking forward to both.

    15 Nov 2007 Reply
  • dtouch

    Hi John, Corin here from Alpha, 11 piece band sounds mad... like to hear some.

    7 Nov 2007 Reply
  • El_Natos

    esta gente devia ser decapitada! O parish é que sabe! por isso, vai ao bes!

    18 Mar 2007 Reply

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