PJ Harvey has covered Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Red Right Hand’ for the second series of BBC drama Peaky Blinders.
Harvey’s cover will appear in episode three of the BBC historical drama, which is returning for its second series in October. Songs by Arctic Monkeys and Johnny Cash also feature on the soundtrack for the show, which featured music from Nick Cave and Jack White when the first series aired in 2012.
Speaking to BBC Radio 6, the Peaky Blinders music producer, and PJ Harvey producer, Flood revealed he felt compelled to seek her help after the show faced accusations of coming across as overly American.
“We’re trying to make it feel much more European and British and PJ fits that bill perfectly,” he said. “I phoned Polly up and she was very interested. We’re trying to deconstruct all of Polly’s material and then weave it through, it’s very cutting-edge and modern.”
Harvey’s cover of ‘Red Right Hand’ is her first track since releasing protest single ‘Shaker Aamer’ in August 2013, which was her first musical venture since her eighth studio album ‘Let England Shake’ in 2011.
In December 2013, Harvey guest-edited BBC Radio Four’s current affairs show Today, where she commissioned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to deliver the ‘Thought For The Day.’
Earlier this month (September), Harvey also received an honorary degree from Goldsmiths University.