On Stereolab, PJ Harvey, and my own ignorance
Browsing through the used bin at Wuxtry the other day, I came across an interesting compilation for a mere $3. Titled Pop (Do We Not Like That?), it is a collection of artists released prior to about 1994 on the UK's Too Pure label. The artists that really grabbed my attention were a pair that I have never really bothered looking into -- Stereolab and PJ Harvey.
I have probably stayed away from Stereolab primarily because of assumptions I made about them. For some reason I had convinced myself that they were the sort of beep-beep-chirp-chirp electro-pop that generally annoys me to no end. I had largely ignored PJ Harvey because I had lumped her mentally with the riot grrrls and angry folkies that rarely interest yours truly. Perhaps there was some truth to those thoughts, but neither characterization appears to be entirely accurate. However, I'm ready to recognize the error of my ways.
So, dear readers, where do I go from here? What material from Stereolab and/or PJ Harvey should I seek out?
The tracks from Pop (Do We Not Like That?) that seem to have served their purpose, if only a decade late:
PJ Harvey - Sheela-Na-Gig