Cover Story

Me Of A Kind covers PJ Harvey

January 29, 2012 3 Comments

On PJ Harvey’s 2000 album, Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea, “This Mess We’re In” was a duet with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. Now remade by Me Of A Kind, the track can still be categorized as a collaboration, but not of the vocal variety. Instead, the Los Angeles alt-rock band recruited guitarist Earl Slick, best known as David Bowie’s longtime sideman, for their cover.

Me Of A Kind’s frontwoman, drummer and songwriter, Jen Schwartz, met Slick last year while he was touring with the New York Dolls. After listening to her band’s debut album, You Are Here, Slick rang up Schwartz, saying he was interested in doing something together. As it happens, she’d just laid down tracks for a cover of “This Mess We’re In” and sent them off to Slick, who went into a New York City studio and added some guitar parts.

Though Schwartz only sings Yorke’s lines in “This Mess We’re In,” having subtracted Harvey’s half of the duet, Slick’s expert fret work steps in as partner, providing the atmospheric interplay that makes Me Of A Kind’s cover such a dark and stormy stunner.

Interesting studio-geek factoid: Howie Weinberg, who mastered PJ Harvey’s original “This Mess We’re In,” also mastered this new cover.

Purchase Me Of A Kind feat. Earl Slick – “This Mess We’re In” (PJ Harvey cover) via iTunes, Amazon MP3.

  • SonicPilgrimUK

    This cover is rad!  It’s great that they didn’t just copy it.  I love the arrangement and Slick’s guitars are ace!  Thanks for letting us know about this.

    •  You’re welcome. I was just a surprised at how much I loved this cover. Me Of A Kind and Earl Slick were working on additional material too, so I think there’s more good stuff (original tunes, I gather) coming our way soon.

      • SonicPilgrimUK

         Wicked!  Checked out their other tracks as well.  Really cool stuff!