Listen to PJ Harvey Cover Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand”

Listen to PJ Harvey Cover Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand”

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PJ Harvey and Nick Cave perform "Henry Lee" from 'Murder Ballads', 1995. Photo by Dave Tonge/Getty Images.

The first-ever soundtrack for cult British crime show, Peaky Blinders is set to drop on November 15th and will feature contributions from Radiohead, Iggy Pop, White Stripes, Joy Division, Royal Blood and so, so many more! The announcement came with a gift from the Gods of melancholy in the form of this haunting PJ Harvey cover of Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand.” 

The song, that serves as the hit show’s theme song, has been tackled by a bunch of artists throughout the series, including Iggy Pop and most recently, Snoop Dogg. PJ’s Harvey’s ethereal impressionistic rendition more than captures the haunting and unsettling undertones of the original. Listen below: 

PJ Harvey | “Red Right Hand” [From 'Peaky Blinders' Original Soundtrack]

Nick Cave and PJ Harvey have always shared a similar melancholic sensibility. Their worlds collided in the mid-Nineties when they collaborated on the gloom-waltz “Henry Lee” for Cave’s 1995 album Murder Ballads. And, while they’ve since neared orbits, Harvey’s cover of Cave’s most recognisable song is the closest they’ve come to a direct collaboration since.  

“Red Right Hand” has been featured in several movies and TV shows over the past quarter-century (most notably The X-Files), and has become a centrepiece of the Peaky Blinders series. The shows extensive upcoming soundtrack is a three-disk extravaganza features the Cave and Harvey renditions of “Red Right Hand,” alongside a first-rate list of songs by Royal Blood, Black Sabbath, David Bowie and many more. 

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | “Red Right Hand” [Official Video]

The Peaky Blinders Soundtrack is due out November 15th.

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