Juliana Hatfield
American musician
Juliana Hatfield
Juliana Hatfield, is an American guitarist/singer-songwriter and author from the Boston area, formerly of the indie rock bands Blake Babies and Some Girls. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attends School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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Juliana Hatfield: There's Always Another Girl - Paste Magazine
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For Juliana Hatfield fans, the release of There's Always Another Girl should feel like an accomplishment. The songwriter's been in a near-daily conversation with them about the album's recording process through her PledgeMusic website and raised money
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The Riff Report: New music this week - Sacramento Bee
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David Maine Juliana Hatfield - "There's Always Another Girl": Since indie-pop icon Juliana Hatfield is not in the habit of releasing the same album twice, it's only natural she'd follow up her weakest album with what may prove to be her very best
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Noisy Neighbors - Boston Globe
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To borrow from the title of Juliana Hatfield's latest solo work, there may indeed always be another girl - to fill stadiums, pop charts, and reality shows, but it's become clear the woman herself is not so easily replaced
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Music - Boston Globe
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800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com JULIANA HATFIELD The prolific home-grown singer-songwriter Hatfield is back on the local stage to celebrate the release of her new album, “There's Always Another Girl,'' out next Tuesday. Aug. 27, 9 pm Tickets: $14
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Juliana Hatfield: 'Another Girl,' and another workday - Metro.us
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After one day and one night, Juliana Hatfield is done with vacation. Apparently, the one day off is Hatfield's idea of a summer holiday. “I went to Martha's Vineyard recently. I was sort of planning on being there for three days,” says the Boston-based
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Album Review: Juliana Hatfield – There's Always Another Girl - Consequence of Sound
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In her nearly quarter-century in the music business, Juliana Hatfield has experienced the ups and downs of the popular music industry firsthand. Despite the changing times, she has clung firmly to
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Gen X Golden Oldies: Teenage Girl Edition - New York Times (blog)
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“Nirvana,” by Juliana Hatfield. It doesn't get more '90s than Juliana Hatfield singing about how listening to Nirvana makes her wanna do something that we can't print here. Just listen to it. 5. “Retard Girl,” by Hole. The first 7-inch. Dark. 6
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Bill O'Reilly, Dennis Miller At Mohegan Oct. 29 - Hartford Courant
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After causing a ruckus when he played Milford with Juliana Hatfield earlier this year, Lemonheads leader Evan Dando is coming back with the band to perform their 1992 album "It's a Shame About Ray" in its entirety Oct. 13 at Daniel Street
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Lemonheads to play "It's a Shame About Ray" at Urban Lounge in October - Salt Lake Tribune (blog)
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The album featured the trio – Evan Dando (guitar, vocals), David Ryan (drums) and Juliana Hatfield (bass, backing vocals) – breezing through 13 songs in just under 30 minutes, including the title track, “My Drug Buddy,” “The Turnpike Down” and a cover
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Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield at Lee's Palace, Toronto; NXNE 2011 – Gig ... - Music Vice
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Evan Dando best known as the former front man of the Lemonheads and Juliana Hatfield, previously in Blake Babies and The Juliana Hatfield Three, were once darlings of the 90s indie era. Twenty years on, without the harsh glare of the media spotlight,
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pics from the M For Montreal/BV NXNE 'Bruise Cruise' - Brooklyn Vegan
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I also got to see Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield this weekend. So it was like a double-blast from the past. That's two of the five things that Scott from the National Post learned at our boat party in Toronto during NXNE. More pictures from the water
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NXNE: Homeless Angel edition - The Coast Halifax
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But: Even if Dance Movie hadn't gotten into the festival I would've gone anyway because I cannot convince any local promoters to bring in Juliana Hatfield and Evan Dando, who have been on a '90s resurrection tour since last year
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The Two Koreas: What Happens When a Band of Music Critics Play NXNE - Spinner
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After our Velvet Underground show, I ended my Thursday at Lee's Palace to review the midnight acoustic Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield set, which provided a nice comedown after a night spent jumping around and shouting onstage; it also put me in a
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NXNE 2011: Five things we learned at the Bruise Cruise - National Post (blog)
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I also got to see Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield this weekend. So it was like a double-blast from the past. 4. Hipsters get especially smelly when baked in the sun It was hot Saturday in Toronto. Like 30-degrees-celcius hot
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Entertainment Today, June 18 - Gig City
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That spirit of nostalgia certainly informed Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield's showcase …NXNE day 1: Sweating to the oldies with Wilson, Hatfield, DandoThe Coast HalifaxNXNE: Night about town ends on sublime noteCBC.ca (blog)Juliana Hatfield / Evan
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The best of NXNE - Toronto Sun
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Juliana Hatfield & Evan Dando: They're not exactly John and Yoko but this one-time couple, who sprang from the Boston '90s alt-rock scene, aren't boring either. Check them out at Lee's on Thursday night (midnight). 5
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Juliana Hatfield
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 48
    Hatfield and Paul Westerberg formed The I Don't Cares, releasing "Wild Stab" January 22, 2016 on Dry Wood Records.
    More Details Hide Details Beyond her musical accomplishments, Hatfield has also guest-starred on several television shows, including The Adventures of Pete & Pete as a lunch lady and on the cult classic My So-Called Life's Christmas episode as a deceased homeless girl who has become an angel. During the mid-1990s she was a staple on MTV's 120 Minutes alternative music program, and she performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1995. On March 25, 2008, Hatfield began her own blog through her website titled An Arm and A Leg. The blogs lasted about a year before being removed. Each week, or thereabouts, she'd revealed the influences behind one of her songs. Hatfield briefly appeared on an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast named "Surprise", which aired on June 19, 1996. Instead of being interviewed, she simply said "uhh" and then was zapped by Zorak.
  • 2015
    Age 47
    In 2015 Juliana Hatfield and Paul Westerberg announced that they have formed a new group, called the I Don't Cares.
    More Details Hide Details From her work with the Blake Babies to the present, Hatfield's output has been characterized by an alternation between heavy, rocking tunes and songs written in a gentler, more melodic or folk-oriented style. Hatfield has stated that in the 1990s she tried smoking cigarettes for a short time in the hope of giving her voice a rougher quality, but eventually reconciled herself with her distinctive vocal instrument. A survey of her releases shows her voice to be remarkably agile, with little vibrato but capable of both forcefulness and sensitivity, making it well suited to the multitracked vocal harmonies that feature prominently on most of her albums. Hatfield's musical influences are diverse, ranging from punk groups like X, The Stooges, and The Replacements to more folk-oriented rock artists like Neil Young, whose songs the Blake Babies frequently covered in live shows. Her work has also cross-fertilized with some other contemporaneous indie rock bands such as Dinosaur Jr. and Lemonheads, whose musicians are also friends of Hatfield's. From an early age, she has also had a special love for pretty-sounding pop music. In a 1998 interview, she stated, "I just always liked pop music and really good melodies and major chords. That's just the type of music that comes naturally to me". In a 1993 interview in Melody Maker magazine, Hatfield stated that her enthusiasm for the music of the pop group Wilson Phillips apparently led, at least in part, to the breakup of the Blake Babies.
  • 2014
    Age 46
    In December 2014, Paste Magazine named her track "Needle in the Hay," an Elliott Smith cover, as No. 10 one of the "20 Best Cover Songs of 2014."
    More Details Hide Details The review called the cover "a more upbeat, approachable take on Smith’s disparate, wrought-iron classic. But even though it now employs bass, drums, tambourine and synth, the songs stays true to the sorrowful, tension-riddled original." Also that month, SPIN Magazine named the cover one of the "40 Best 2014 Songs by 1994 Artists," where it came it at No. 36. The review stated "The tempo's a bit quicker, and she double-tracks herself for the song’s entirety. But the (tasteful) inclusion of chintzy drum programming and mellotron cleverly point to Smith's eventual creative direction." Juliana Hatfield is currently using PledgeMusic for a fourth time to raise funds for a new album by the recently reformed The Juliana Hatfield Three, consisting of Juliana Hatfield on guitar and vocals, Dean Fisher on bass, and Todd Philips on drums. The album will be a follow-up to 1993's Become What You Are. It is to be titled Whatever, My Love.
  • 2013
    Age 45
    As of July 2013, Juliana Hatfield has finished recording her thirteenth solo album, Wild Animals, with crowd-funding—for the third time—through PledgeMusic.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    On August 28, 2012, Juliana Hatfield released a covers record titled Juliana Hatfield on her Ye Olde Records label.
    More Details Hide Details The album features covers of songs originally performed by The Who, Liz Phair, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ryan Adams, I Blame Coco, Led Zeppelin, and more.
  • 2011
    Age 43
    There's Always Another Girl was released on August 30, 2011 again independently on her Ye Olde Records label, though a downloadable version was made available to contributors a month before on July 27, which was Juliana's birthday.
    More Details Hide Details The album has received mostly positive reviews from critics.
    On April 2011, Hatfield announced her intention to work on a new album via fan-funding platform website PledgeMusic, from which she asked for her fans to help fund the project in exchange for personal artwork and memorabilia ranging from posters, CDs, demos, one of Juliana's First Act guitars (used during the recording sessions) and even locks of her hair.
    More Details Hide Details The project also included donations for the Save a Sato foundation to which Hatfield is a major contributor. Fan response was enthusiastic, going over 400% from the original project cost. The album was originally going to be titled Speeches Delivered to Animals and Plants, in reference to a passage in the John Irving novel The World According to Garp, but later Hatfield herself changed it for the title There's Always Another Girl, in reference to a song in the album of the same name she'd written as a defense for Lindsay Lohan after watching her flop I Know Who Killed Me.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    During October 2010 Hatfield and Evan Dando played two sell-out acoustic live shows together at The Mercury Lounge in New York.
    More Details Hide Details The following month the duo played sell out shows in Allston, a neighborhood of Boston. This tour was followed, in January 2011, by five dates on the American east coast; Hoboken, Brooklyn, Arlington, Milford and Philadelphia.
    Hatfield returned 2 years later as her 10th studio album Peace & Love was released on Ye Olde Records, February 16, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The album's composition, arrangement, performance, production, engineering and mixing was solely credited to Hatfield. The album received mixed reviews, with several complaining the album's low-key moody nature working against the potential of the songs. Hatfield offered, via her website, to write custom songs in order to fund a couple of projects; one of which was to release archive material. About halfway through the project Hatfield stated that it had "completely re-energized and inspired" her again.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    Hatfield's 9th studio album, How to Walk Away, was released on August 19, 2008 on Ye Olde Records.
    More Details Hide Details The album's heartfelt subject on the break-up of a relationship resonated with critics, who gave the album largely positive reviews, with some hailing it as her best album since In Exile Deo.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 38
    In 2006, Hatfield released her first live album.
    More Details Hide Details Titled The White Broken Line: Live Recordings, the album featured performances from her tour with X. This was Hatfield's third release for her record label.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    In December 2005, Hatfield toured the United States with the band X, whom she idolized during her teenage years.
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    By contrast, the 2005 album Made in China was recorded in Bellows Falls, Vermont and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was released on her own new record label, Ye Olde Records.
    More Details Hide Details The record had a much rawer feel, with Hatfield playing instruments accompanied by the band Unbusted and other contributors. For the first time, Hatfield also played drums on at least one track. John Doe of the band X described the disc as "A frighteningly dark & beautiful record filled w/ stark, angular, truly brutal songs & guitars. This is surely a 'Woman Under the Influence', though I'm not sure of what." Reviews were mixed, with some liking the lo-fi sound, but others seeing it as slackness. The release of Made in China started a trend where Hatfield licensed her music, selling it via her website and with a distribution deal through Red Eye.
  • 2004
    Age 36
    In 2004, Hatfield released In Exile Deo, which was arguably an attempt at a more commercial sound, with input from producers and engineers who'd worked with Pink and Avril Lavigne.
    More Details Hide Details Hatfield did, however, produce the album herself with David Leonard, receiving co-production credits on "Jamie's in Town" and the bright rocker "Sunshine." The critics loved it, with a couple calling it her best work since the start of her solo career.
  • 2002
    Age 34
    2002 saw the release of Hatfield's first "best-of" album.
    More Details Hide Details The album, titled Gold Stars 1992–2002: The Juliana Hatfield Collection, featured the singles from her solo albums. It also contained two of the songs from the previously unreleased God's Foot, a cover of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", as well as four new recordings.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    In 2000, she released Beautiful Creature, an album which was among the most critically well-received of her career.
    More Details Hide Details This album left the rockier side of Hatfield's musical personality unexpressed, however, so at the same time she also recorded Juliana's Pony: Total System Failure with Zephan Courtney and Mikey Welsh, which she describes as "a loud release of tension", with "lots of long sloppy guitar solos. And no love songs a not-at-all attractive reaction to the ugly side of humanity, specifically American culture." The two albums were initially released in a set as a pair; however, Juliana's Pony: Total System Failure was received badly by the critics, who preferred the acoustic songwriting on Beautiful Creature. On Beautiful Creature, Hatfield worked with Austin-based musician Davíd Garza who co-produced much of the album. Wally Gagel, a producer for Sebadoh and Tanya Donelly, helped Hatfield record her most electronica-influenced songs, "Cool Rock Boy" and "Don't Rush Me", which added texture to the otherwise acoustic album.
  • 1999
    Age 31
    She teamed up with Dando in 1999 to record Gram Parsons's song "$1,000 Wedding" on the compilation, Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, she joined with Freda Love and Heidi Gluck (of The Pieces and The Only Children) to form the trio Some Girls, with which she performs in addition to her solo work; the group has toured the United States twice and has released two albums. The trio is another outlet for Hatfield's more lighthearted material. Their first album, entitled Feel It, was released by Koch Records in 2003. The lead single "Necessito" is a funky affirmation of the power of music, sung in a mixture of English and Spanish. Some Girls' second album, Crushing Love, was released in July 2006. In 2007 Hatfield signed the Boston (now Austin)-based band Frank Smith to her record label, Ye Olde Records. Along with releasing their 2007 album Heavy Handed Peace and Love Hatfield also recorded an EP with the band titled Sittin' in a Tree. The EP, produced by Frank Smith's Aaron Sinclair, features banjos, pedal steel, and other instruments normally associated with country music.
  • 1998
    Age 30
    Almost as a reaction to the seemingly endless studio sessions surrounding God's Foot, Hatfield recorded the album Bed in 1998 in six days, about which she says on her website: "It sounds as raw as I felt.
    More Details Hide Details It has no pretty sheen. The mistakes and unattractive parts were left in, not erased. Just like my career. Just like life."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    Following the traumatic experiences surrounding God's Foot, and now freed from her major label obligations, Hatfield recorded a six-song EP for indie label Bar/None in 1997 titled Please Do Not Disturb.
    More Details Hide Details Produced by Hatfield herself, the album featured several different musicians, including drummer Todd Phillips, guitarists Ed Slanker and Mike Leahy, and new bass player Mikey Welsh (Weezer) among others. The EP features a particularly tender song, "Trying Not To Think About It," which is a tribute to the deceased musician Jeff Buckley, who was a friend of Hatfield's.
    In 1997 Hatfield toured with the first Lilith Fair, a prominent all-female rock festival founded by singer Sarah McLachlan.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014 The Juliana Hatfield Three was reformed after two decades of hiatus, and Hatfield, drummer Todd Philips, and bassist Dean Fisher began practicing new material for an album. The album marked the band's first release in twenty two years, since their LP Become What You Are in 1993. Stated Hatfield about the new album, "We haven’t totally reinvented the wheel or anything," and that the tracks exhibit the "stuff I am sort of known for, I guess. But I am a lot more confident now than I was then with the first album. And I had more fun recording this one." The twelve tracks for Whatever, My Love were recorded at Nuthouse Recording in Hoboken, New Jersey, with Beaujour and Hatfield co-producing the project. The lead single from the album, "If I Could," was released in December 2014, and was premiered in publications such as Rolling Stone. That month the album was made available for pre-order on American Laundromat Records, with an announced release date for Whatever, My Love on February 17, 2015. The band announced they would tour the United States in support of the album throughout February, hitting cities on both coasts and the midwest, as well as venues such as the Bowery Ballroom in New York city and The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles in late March.
  • 1996
    Age 28
    In 1996, she traveled to Woodstock, New York where she recorded tracks for God's Foot, which was to be her fourth solo album (third if not counting Become What You Are, which was recorded with the Juliana Hatfield Three), intended for 1997 release.
    More Details Hide Details After three failed attempts to satisfy requests from Atlantic Records to come up with a "single" that the label could release, Juliana requested she be released from her contract. The label obliged, but kept the rights to the songs produced during these sessions (Atlantic had reportedly paid $180,000 to that point on the recordings). Two tracks – "Mountains of Love" and "Fade Away" – were eventually released on a greatest hits collection entitled Gold Stars, while still another, "Can't Kill Myself," was available for download from Hatfield's official website. The remaining tracks have surfaced only as substandard bootleg versions (which do not meet Hatfield's approval) and she has rarely featured them in her subsequent live performances.
  • 1995
    Age 27
    In 1995, following the success of Become What You Are she released her follow-up album, Only Everything, in which she "turned up the volume and the distortion and had a lot of fun".
    More Details Hide Details One reviewer describes it as "a fun, engaging pop album". The album spawned another alternative radio hit for Hatfield in "Universal Heartbeat". The video featured Hatfield as an overly demanding aerobics instructor. Prior to the tour for Only Everything, Hatfield released Phillips and brought on Jason Sutter (American Hi-Fi, Chris Cornell, Jack Drag), as well as Ed Slanker (Thudpucker, Tinsel) on 2nd guitar, and Lisa Mednick on keyboards. Two weeks into the tour, Hatfield canceled the tour, which her publicist explained as due to "nervous exhaustion," and took a month-long break. In her memoir, Hatfield writes that in truth she was suffering from depression severe enough to the point of being suicidal. Hatfield disagreed with the decision not to be upfront about her depression. The drummer was, once again, replaced, this time by Phillips, and touring resumed with Jeff Buckley as the opening act.
  • 1994
    Age 26
    In a 1994 interview for the magazine Vox, she said she was surprised by the effect 'outing' herself had: "I think there are a lot of people out there who don't care about sex, but who you never hear from, so I thought I should say it.
    More Details Hide Details The magazine I did the interview for is full of beef-cake hunky guys and scantily-clad models, so I thought it would be really funny to say that I didn't care about sex in a magazine that's full of sex and beauty – but no one really got the joke."
  • 1992
    Age 24
    She gained notoriety in 1992 for saying that she was still a virgin in her mid-twenties in Interview magazine.
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  • 1991
    Age 23
    Hatfield began her solo career following the Blake Babies' breakup in 1991, releasing her first solo album (Hey Babe) in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details The album was one of the highest selling independent albums of 1992. Hatfield recruited a rhythm section consisting of former Moving Targets and Bullet LaVolta drummer Todd Phillips, and Thudpucker bassist Dean Fisher, and thus becoming The Juliana Hatfield Three. Hatfield achieved alterna-rock stardom with the release of 1993's Become What You Are (recorded under the group name The Juliana Hatfield Three). Several songs from the album received regular airplay on major North American rock stations, with Hatfield's song "My Sister" becoming the biggest hit of her career, with a #1 placing on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and the video becoming an MTV staple. "My Sister" was based on a real person: Hatfield's older brother's girlfriend, Meg Rafferty, who lived with the family while Hatfield was in high school. She enjoyed Rafferty's eclectic record collection. Rafferty also took Hatfield to see the Del Fuegos and the Violent Femmes, which inspired her to form a band.
    Following the breakup of the Blake Babies in 1991, Hatfield joined The Lemonheads to record their breakthrough album It's a Shame About Ray, playing bass and providing backing vocals.
    More Details Hide Details She played and sang with the band on and off during the 1992–1993 period. She did not appear on the band's cover of "Mrs. Robinson", which was included on reissues of It's a Shame About Ray, and was not an official band member listed on Come On Feel The Lemonheads, but did record some backing vocals for several tracks on that album.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 18
    There she soon met Freda Boner (now Freda Love) and John Strohm, forming the Blake Babies with them in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details The band, with which she sang and played bass guitar (as well as some guitar and piano), was signed to North Carolina's Mammoth Records and received a fair amount of airplay on college radio through the early 1990s. The group toured the United States several times, performed in Europe, and made several music videos. Hatfield eventually earned a degree in songwriting from Berklee. Although Hatfield shared vocal duties with Strohm in the group, she quickly stood out due to her unique vocal quality; her somewhat thin, girlish voice gave the group a youthful, innocent sound that was nevertheless belied by often-caustic lyrics and a vocal delivery punctuated frequently by harsh, distorted screams (in live performances more so than on recordings). Although the group's early work was essentially punk-oriented, they quickly settled into a sunny, melodic, and slightly jangly pop style reminiscent in style of early R.E.M. and Neil Young. Hatfield and Strohm shared songwriting credits and often sang together in harmony or octaves, creating a memorable "boy-girl" sound.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on July 27, 1967.
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