Dance Hall At Louse Point

Running length
12 tracks
Running time
39:42

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 PJ Harvey and John Parish - Girl 1:29 411
2 PJ Harvey and John Parish - Rope Bridge Crossing 5:10 381
3 PJ Harvey and John Parish - City of No Sun 2:14 335
4 John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey - That Was My Veil 3:01 17,516
5 PJ Harvey & John Parish - urn with dead flowers in a drained pool 3:03 1,197
6 John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey - Civil War Correspondent 4:15 16,260
7 PJ Harvey and John Parish - Taut 3:15 337
8 PJ Harvey and John Parish - Un Cercle Autour du Soleil 5:07 272
9 PJ Harvey and John Parish - Heela 3:19 298
10 John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey - Is That All There Is? 5:11 8,360
11 John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey - Dance Hall At Louse Point 2:10 13,773
12 PJ Harvey and John Parish - Lost Fun Zone 1:28 286

About this album

Dance Hall at Louse Point is a 1996 album by John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey. Parish wrote and played the music, while Harvey sang vocals and wrote the lyrics. The pair had been musical collaborators for several years before making this album together – as a teenager growing up in rural England, Harvey contributed saxophone, guitar and backing vocals to Parish’s band Automatic Dlamini before forming her own band in 1991. Parish later served as co-producer, guitarist, percussionist and keyboard player on Harvey’s 1995 album To Bring You My Love, and would also feature heavily on her 1998 album Is This Desire?.

The album was viewed by many PJ Harvey fans as a minor side project – perhaps due to the top billing accorded the more obscure Parish and her own accreditation as Polly Jean Harvey rather than the more widely-recognised PJ Harvey name – and consequently it sold more poorly than any of her solo releases, entering the UK charts at #46 and barely denting the U.S. Billboard charts at #178. It yielded only one single, “That Was My Veil”, which spent a week at #75 in the UK charts. Harvey later admitted that she let Parish handle all promotional duties for the record because she was exhausted following a year of intense promotional activity for her own To Bring You My Love album in 1995. Reportedly, bosses at Harvey’s Island Records label feared the avant-garde venture was “commercial suicide”, despite it winning generally positive reviews: Entertainment Weekly opined, “This is ‘deep’ music in every sense; total immersion is recommended”, Musician reckoned “The results are as engaging as they are disturbing.

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  • Tymbolic

    Been a few years since I last listened to this. Better than I remember.

    14 Feb 8:54am Reply
  • GraXXoR

    OK, so two years on and I love this album more than ever…. Girl, Is that all there is? Civil War!

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jsa1036

    Definitely one of her more underrated albums. Really surprised to actually see negative reviews listed on the Wikipedia page.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • entartetekunst

    I mean the song itself, not the album as a whole.

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • entartetekunst

    'Dance Hall At louse Point' features some Captain Beefhart-style song structure and guitar work (and guitar tone for sure).

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • GraXXoR

    Wow. That is all.

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • foxboro

    Where is cover? ;<

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Timplshved

    This is probably my favorite PJ album...people must be deaf not to appreciate it

    21 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Friend567

    Yes. Heavily underrated.

    27 Jul 2007 Reply
  • pj_harvey

    absolutely amazing album

    5 Apr 2007 Reply