Album: Hey Babe, 1992
Justification: This was Ms Hatfield‘s first solo single after the Blake Babies split up, and remains one of my favourite of her songs – not least because of that awesome riff/bassline which I still play almost every time I pick up a guitar. And, of course, like every other lover of indie rock in 1992, I found myself thinking “so, which person on the planet is turning Juliana Hatfield down, exactly?”
Of course, around this time she was also telling the press that she was still a virgin in her mid-20s and didn’t see what was meant to be so great about the whole grubby “sex” thing, which may or may not have been a joke but was still the first time that I’d ever seen someone publicly announce that desire wasn’t really a thing for them, which I now know is called “asexuality” but then I only knew as “some sort of total crazy talk”.
Speaking of which, I’m pretty sure that it was the cover to Hey Babe that helped fuel my next decade or so of exclusively fancying people with dyed hair.
Ms Hatfield was also the one that played bass on the Lemonheads‘ It’s A Shame About Ray, although Nic Dalton joined for touring purposes and did all the videos. Hatfield and Evan Dando are touring later this year, incidentally, and my prediction is that half that night will be great.
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010: none, so let’s go for the day before and Thomas Dolby’s ‘Hyperactive!’
SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME I 2011: Again, missed it: but on the 26th it was the Magnetic Fields and the magnificent ‘Strange Powers’, so let’s have that.
AND HERE’S THE LAST FIVE…