“Sheela-Na-Gig” – PJ Harvey

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THE stand-out track on an album full of stand-out tracks, “Sheela-Na-Gig” is from Harvey’s ferocious 1992 classic “Dry.” The song (as well as the rest of “Dry”) s a complete stunner from beginning to end.

By the way, a “Sheela Na Gig” is an actual thing. Per Wikipedia, “Sheela na gigs (Síle na gcíoch in Irish) are figurative carvings of naked women displaying an exaggerated vulva. They are architectural grotesques found on churches, castles, and other buildings, particularly in Ireland and Great Britain, sometimes together with male figures … Ireland has the greatest number of known sheela na gig carvings … Such carvings are said to ward off death and evil.”

Allrighty then! Talk about “girl power.”