Juliana Hatfield

Juliana Hatfield

In 1993 at the age of 26, Juliana Hatfield was in the eye of the
alternative-rock storm. She'd made a name for herself as one third of
sharply sweet alt-poppers Blake Babies, she'd played bass on the
Lemonheads' cherished It's a Shame About Ray, and she'd released a
solo debut, Hey Babe, which contained heart-on-wrist tracks like
"Everybody Loves Me But You" and "Ugly" (with a capital 'U'). She'd
even anticipated Nirvanamania with a 1991 song named for the band,
which she wrote after becoming obsessed with the Bleach track
"Negative Creep." She courted controversy by suggesting that women
can't play guitar ("I was just being a brat," she says now, "because
people were asking me, 'How does it feel to be a woman in rock?'") and
entered the celebrity gossip mill, being paired Evan Dando and Johnny
Depp. ("I don't know how that rumor got started," she told SPIN in
1994.)

So it was really no surprise that with the release of Become What You
Are, her Nietzschean-titled second solo album -- and her only LP
released under the name the Juliana Hatfield Three (which included
bassist Dean Fisher and drummer Todd Philips) -- she would start to
climb the charts. Its hits were unusual: The giddy, flirtatious "Spin
the Bottle" (also on the Reality Bites soundtrack) with its off-kilter
5/4 groove, hit No. 97 on the Hot 100. And its first single,
definitive sororal love anthem "My Sister," is one of the rare songs
to become a hit without a chorus -- in company with the Beatles'
"Yesterday" and Lionel Richie's "Hello."

And now, she is getting the band back together....Dean, Todd and Juliana
have reunited in a studio in Brooklyn to work on a new record with the
amazing producer, Tom Beaujour. They will release their second album,
20 some odd years later, in early 2015.

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