Category Archives: Juliana Hatfield
There are a few major musical influences of mine… that I’ve always cited as my main, main musical influences. I would say the main list is always: Juliana Hatfield, Nada Surf, Ida, The Album Leaf, Azure Ray, The Smiths…. and a few others.
The fact that fate brought Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws together to make music is just a beautiful, beautiful thing. Juliana Hatfield has been a huge musical influence of mine for over 20 years. And I loved Nada Surf when they first came out, but when I realized that Nada Surf was becoming better & better with every single album… they quickly became one of my favorite bands.
These two were just destined to make music together. They are both indie rock legends. And I think they’re about the same age (mid-4os).
I love when the DJ says “I feel like I’m witnessing magic!” right after their first song. I feel exactly the same.
A few days ago I picked up a Minor Alps t-shirt, and their debut album (yes, people still actually do buy CDs). 🙂
Say what you will about Evan Dando: heroin addict, pothead, douchebag, burnout…. I’ve read it all in magazines and on the web for over twenty years.
None of that matters when you write songs this good. The guy’s got a sense of melody that so few possess, and millions (include me) wish they had.
I didn’t include “Into Your Arms” (as fantastic a song as it is), because, like Mrs. Robinson, they didn’t write it.
The Lemonheads score even more cool points by having Juliana Hatfield as their occasional bass player and frequent backing vocalist (just as Evan Dando used to play bass and guitar for Juliana’s old band, the Blake Babies).
Back in high school, my good friend Dayna T. used to have this Lemonheads quote written in ballpoint pen on her bookbag:
Patience is like bread, I say… I ran out of that yesterday.
I don’t think I ever told Dayna that I noticed, but I always thought she was awesome for having that. She was extremely cool then, and even cooler now….. sure, that doesn’t have much to do with the Lemonheads, but she was the only person I knew who loved them as much as I did.
I first heard about Juliana Hatfield’s first band Blake Babies shortly after I got into Juliana Hatfield’s music. Juliana’s hit “My Sister” (which was, and still is, like crack to me)…. was all over the radio in 1993. Shortly after, Juliana was on the cover of SPIN Magazine, and the article talked about her old band, Blake Babies. I had to seek them out (by the way, remember those days, when you would read about new bands in MAGAZINES, and then take a chance, buying their CASSETTE TAPE as there was no way to listen to them otherwise?) Yeah, those were the days (1994).
So I went to my local record store at the time (Spec’s Music, Fort Myers, FL). Found the Blake Babies tape “Innocence and Experience”, which was a best-of, so to speak. My sister came with me, and let me play it in her car, in her shitty tape deck.
From the moment Juliana screams “ARGHHH!! AHHH!” at the beginning of “Wipe It Up”, all the way to the end of the tape (a live Neil Young cover)…. I was absolutely enamoured. Still one of my all-time favorite bands… the Blakes are my favorite late 80s/ early 90s band.
I’ll say no more… let the tunes speak for themselves:
side notes: in “I’m Not Your Mother” – LISTEN to the breakdown part/bridge at 2:30…. how well the bass, vocals, and guitar parts are layered… the part where Juliana sings “anything you can do, I can do better… girls will do it all without the aid of another”… FLAWLESS.
Also, “Out There” is probably (literally) my all-time favorite song.
This band is just too good for words.