Sunday, March 30, 2008

Juliana Hatfield: Choose Drugs


Allow me a bit of melancholic nostalgia...I have been thinking a lot about Juliana Hatfield lately (people in their mid thirties apparently become prone to thinking about artists they loved in their early twenties) and finding this clip on YouTube of her doing one of her most devestating songs reminded me of how inspiring she was each time I saw her back in the early nineties.
I met her a few times and still admire everything she brings out...anyway, it's late and I am feeling very overly sentimental...this song is incredible with the line "I say it's me or drugs and you choose drugs" really hitting a nerve.

7 comments:

Rogue Spy 007 said...

I haven't thought about her in years. That's sad though. I loved her music back in the early 90's or so. Didn't she make an appearance on My So-Called Life once? Her and a lot of other music really connected with me at a particular time in my life.

J.D. said...

Rogue Spy: Yep, Juliana appeared on one that show's best episodes -- the Christmas one where she plays a runaway that Clare Danes tries to save but she ends up dying and becomes an angel. Great ep.

Jeremy: Great clip! I have dug Juliana's music for a long, long time. It's a shame she has been so marginalized in the past few years. I remember when she was being heralded as the next "big" thing around the time REALITY BITES came out. I think that she has gotten only better over time and I have loved pretty much everything she's released since.

I totally agree with you about thinking/waxing nostalgic about things in the '90s -- music, movies, TV shows...

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Keith,
Yea that episode of My So Called Life is one of teh best of the series and I really love Julianna's appearance in it...

Thanks J.D.
Great to hear some nice words about her and I am glad I am not the only one feeling nostalgic for taht period...she has continued to get even better and better. It is a real shame that her more recent works have been all but ignored as they are really special...thanks again.

Rogue Spy 007 said...

It's good to hear that I didn't imagine that episode of My So-Called Life. I loved that show. I did love that episode. I was trying to make sure I didn't just have a fantasy that it happened. lol

J.D. said...

Jeremy: Yeah, it is weird how under the radar of popular culture she is now. But she still has her dedicated, if not small, fan base. If I'm not mistaken, I believe she's got a new album due in June? Can't wait...

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Keith,
Just recently rewatched that MY SO CALLED LIFE episode and it is extraordinary...whole damn series is actually...

That's right JD...Jne 10th I belive...I just posted the cover of it a few minutes ago alongside a review of one of my favorite albums from her...

Jimmy said...

Sorry I'm so late on this, but I had to post simply because "Choose Drugs" has always been my favorite song by her. I feel a personal connection to A LOT of her songs. She's really the best 'rock star' the mainstream really missed out on, and I agree that her music only gets better with age.

It's interesting to me also to think that if "Juliana isn't sad...her music won't be as good." I've heard that comment amongst fans, I've thought it myself. Is that an awful, selfish, disgusting thought?

Great video, great post.

:)