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Rid of Me is PJ Harvey's second album, released in 1993. It marked a rawer and more aggressive sound than her debut Dry (1992). The record is best remembered for the singles "50 ft. Queenie" and "Man-Size".

Nirvana hired Steve Albini, the album's producer, afterwards to record In Utero (1993) for them.

The music videos for "50ft. Queenie" and "Man-Size" were once featured in an episode of Beavis And Butthead.


  1. "Rid of Me" (4:28)
  2. "Missed" (4:25)
  3. "Legs" (3:40)
  4. "Rub 'Til It Bleeds" (5:03)
  5. "Hook" (3:57)
  6. "Man-Size Sextet" (2:18)
  7. "Highway 61 Revisited" (2:57)
  8. "50ft. Queenie" (2:23)
  9. "Yuri-G" (3:28)
  10. "Man-Size" (3:16)
  11. "Dry" (3:23)
  12. "Me-Jane" (2:42)
  13. "Snake" (1:36)
  14. "Ecstasy" (4:26)


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  • A Cappella: The end of "Rid Of Me" ends with Rob Ellis just screaming out his lungs.
  • Adam and Eve Plot: "Snake"
    You snake (You snake)
    I ate (I ate)
    A true (A true)
    Belief (Belief)
    Good Lord (Good Lord)
    That fruit's (That's fruit's)
    Inside (Inside)
    Of me (Of me)
    Oh Adam (Oh Ad-)
    Please (-am please)
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "Ecstasy"
    Hitting heavens high
  • Anti-Love Song: "Legs"
    Did you sing "Oh happy day"?
    Singing it
    Sing it that time I went away?
    Got to ease my aching head
    Do you know
    No other way cut off your legs oh
    Hey oh
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "50 Ft. Queenie"
    50ft queenie
    Force ten hurricane
    Biggest woman
    I could have ten sons
    Ten gods ten queens
    Ten foot and rising
  • Broken Record: "Rid Of Me"
    Don't you, don't you wish you never never met her
    Lick my legs, I'm on fire
    Lick my legs of desire
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  • Careful with That Axe: P.J. really strained her vocals for this album.
  • Classical Music: "Man-Size Sextet" has P.J. being backed by strings and a contra bass.
  • Cover Version: The Bob Dylan cover "Highway 61 Revisited".
  • Darker and Edgier: The album is more raw and aggressive than Dry. Similarly P.J.'s cover of "Highway 61 Revisited" is darker than Bob Dylan's light-hearted original.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The black-and-white album cover.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The stylish album cover, taken by Maria Mochnacz, taken in a dark bathroom.
  • Double Entendre: "Snake"
    You snake
    You crawled
    My legs
    Said "Want
    It all?
    It's yours
    You bet
    I'll make
    You queen
    Of everything
    No need
    For God
    No need
    For him
    Just take
    My hand
    You'll be
    My bride
    Just take
    That fruit
    Put it
  • Expressive Hair: P.J.'s wet hair thrown upwards on the album cover.
  • Face on the Cover: P.J. in a bathroom.
  • Gag Penis: P.J. actually claims to have one on "50ft. Queenie":
    Ah come on measure me
    I'm twenty inches long
  • I Kiss Your Foot: "Rid Of Me"
    Lick my legs, I'm on fire!
  • Intercourse with You: "Rub 'Til It Bleeds"
    I lie steady
    Rest your head on me
    I'll smooth it nicely
    Rub it better 'till it bleeds
  • It's All About Me: "Ecstasy"
    Singing, I'm singing. Yah!
    Sounding hanging breathe
    I'm begging you look at me.
    Ecstasy. I'm in ec... ecstasy
  • Jump Scare: "Rid of Me" starts off creepy and quiet with some rather disturbing lyrics, and then slowly gets louder and then "DON'T YOU WISH YOU....NEVER....NEVER MET HER DON'T YOU!!!!!"
  • Location Song: "Highway 61 Revisited", where Highway 61 is the solution to everything.
  • Misandry Song:
    • "50 ft. Queenie"
    Glory, glory
    Lay it all on me
    50ft queenie
    50 and rising
    You bend over
    No sweat I'm clean
    Nothing can touch me
    • "Man-Size"
    Got my girl and she's a wow
    I cast my iron knickers down
    Man-sized no need to shout
    Can you hear, can you hear me now?
    I'm man-sized
    I'll measure time
    I'll measure height
    I'll calculate
    My birth right
    Good Lord I'm big
    I'm heading on
    Got my leather boots on
    • "Me-Jane"
    Oh damn your chest-beating, just you stop your screaming
    It's splitting through my head and swinging from the ceiling
    Move it over, Tarzan, can't you see I'm bleeding?
    I've called you by your first name, good Lord it's me-Jane!
  • Obsession Song:
    • "Rid Of Me"
    I'll tie your legs
    Keep you against my chest
    Oh, you're not rid of me
    Yeah, you're not rid of me
    I'll make you lick my injuries
    I'm gonna twist your head off, see
    • "Legs". Nothing says "I love you" like sawing someone's legs off to keep them from leaving you.
  • One-Woman Song: "50 ft. Queenie".
  • One-Word Title: "Missed", "Legs", "Hook", "Yuri-G", "Dry", "Snake" and "Ecstasy".
  • Pep-Talk Song: "50 ft. Queenie"
    Hey I'm the king of the world
    You oughta hear my song
    You come on and measure me
    I'm twenty inches long
  • Record Producer: Steve Albini, except for the track "Man-Size Sextet".
  • Refrain from Assuming: The song "Dry" is from this album, not Dry.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: P.J. recorded a cover of "Highway 61 Revisited" before on the tribute album "Outlaw Blues Volume 2".
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: During "Rid Of Me".
  • Shout-Out:
    You bend over, Casanova
    • "Me-Jane" references Tarzan a few times:
    Move it over, Tarzan, can't you see I'm bleeding?
    I've called you by your first name, good Lord, it's me-Jane!
  • Siamese Twin Songs: "Man-Size" and "Man-Size Sextet" have the same lyrics, but different arrangements.
  • Spelling Song: "50 Foot Queenie"
    Tell you my name
    FU and CK
  • Unrequited Love: "Dry", where P.J. is direct about her feelings about a man who tries to seduce her.
    You leave me dry.
  • Woman Scorned: A major theme throughout the entire album.