“This Is Love” by PJ Harvey
Song of the Day
“I can’t believe that life’s so complex,
when I just want to sit here,
and watch you undress.”
“This Is Love” by PJ Harvey is the 10th track off of her 5th album, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. It was released as a single in October of 2001 under the titled “This Is Love/You Said Something”. It charted on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at # 41.
The blues-influenced track was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance category, in 2002, but lost to the Lucinda Willams song, “Get Right With God”.
Ths song was described as “bluesy punk”. The guitar riff of the song has been said to have been interpreted as an homage to The Stooges song, “No Fun”, and has also been compared to the riffs on Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers song, “Chinese Rocks”.
“No Fun” by The Stooges
“Chines Rocks” by Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers
According to Amy Britton, the author of Revolution Rock: The Albums Which Defined Two Ages, lyrically the song “places sex as a priority over the anomalies of the world.” Also on the lyrics of the song, Jason Heller of The A.V. Club wrote: “PJ doesn’t bring her love to anyone, nor does she ponder whether her font of conflicted emotions and biological requirements amount to desire. She just states, “This is love / This is love / That I’m feeling.” Period. No searching of the soul needed.”
The music video (see above) for “This Is Love” was directed by Sophie Muller, who also collaborated with Harvey on two other videos of hers – “Good Fortune” and “A Place Called Home”. The video features Harvey, who is wearing a fringe-sleeved white suit and RED lipstick, performing the song on the guitar at a studio powerfully.