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PJ Harvey covers Leonard Cohen's "Who By Fire" for Bad Sisters series soundtrack

19 August 2022, 15:31 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

PJ Harvey has recorded a cover of Leonard Cohen's 1974 track "Who By Fire", which appears on the soundtrack for Apple TV+'s new Bad Sisters series.

Today marks the release of Apple TV+'s new comedy series Bad Sisters, which starrs Sharon Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene and Eve Hewson as the Garvey sisters, and to accompany the series release, PJ Harvey has shared her cover of Leonard Cohen's 1974 song "Who By Fire".

Stereogum reports that PJ Harvey said, "It was a very enjoyable day spent recording the version of Leonard Cohen’s "Who By Fire" for Bad Sisters. I had spoken to Sharon Horgan in advance of the recording session, so I understood why she felt the song’s lyric was so perfect for the series, but also understood what nuances of Leonard's performance she most loved, and therefore what to try and recapture but in my own way. Tim Phillips and I worked together on my performance for the song. I found Tim to be an inspiring and exciting work partner which made the whole experience flow."

Sharon Horgan added, "I thought of the words of "Who By Fire" soon after the series was picked up and thought how perfect it would be. Pretty soon after that, I thought of Polly’s voice singing those words and asked Apple if we could make that happen. I had been a fan of Polly for years and was nervous when we zoomed with her. I don't have a musical vocabulary, but I know what I wanted. But we told her our ideas and about the series - it was quite fledgling at that stage, just photos and words, nothing filmed to show her, but she got it and loved it. We paired her up with Tim Phillips, who had scored Shining Vale, so we knew he was genius at what he does. The tone of the whole series is affected by the music and Polly’s voice. I still can’t quite believe we pulled it off."

PJ Harvey's cover of "Who By Fire" is out now. Bad Sisters is available to stream on Apple TV+ now.

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