The last EP before the split and for many fans one of the best Blake Babies releases.
The cover of Dinosaur Jr’s Severed Lips is so brilliantly executed; it arguably even trumps the original. The EP also features Nirvana, a soon to be Juliana Hatfield classic, included here in acoustic form and which would appear again in all its electric glory on Hey Babe.
A now deleted tweet:
"rosy jack world" EP title was the name of a frogs song from "it's only right and natural"— Juliana Hatfield (@julianahatfield) November 13, 2012
The Babies come of age with what would prove to be the last full album before they split. The confidence in both the writing and performing is evident from beginning to end, highlighted by the sublime Sanctify.
More polished in its production than any previous BB record and more consistent in the quality of songs. The standout track is the stripped down, guitar only, Strohm classic Girl In A Box, on which John takes the vocal lead. A fan favourite and which Juliana continued to includes in her live sets decades later.
'Sanctify' performed by the (reformed) Blake Babies in March 2001 at the Paradise Rock Club, Boston
Out There - the original promo
The sound of a band finding their feet and a leap forward from Nicely, Nicely. Guitar pop with a female singer sparked obvious comparisons in the late 1980’s to The Bangles and Go-Go’s, but the inclusion of The Stooges song Loose gives a hint as to the bigger influences. Nods to other Boston based bands such as Dinosaur Jr can be found in some arrangements. The Strohm tune Rain stands out – a deceptively simple tune and use of male / female harmonies.
In Europe, an EP titled Slow Learner was released in 1989 featuring 7 of the recordings from Earwig.
Rain, performed by Blake Babies in Cambridge, MA in 1988
Blake Babies "Rain (live)" Nightstage; Cambridge, MA 1988
How does that Bob Dylan lyric go? "Ah, but I was so much older then. ....." Here is "Rain (live 1988)"- part of the Exclusive DVD in our Earwig Demo Vinyl Bundle-> http://bit.ly/BlakesVinylDVDPosted by the Blake Babies on Tuesday, 15 March 2016
'Cesspool' performed by the (reformed) Blake Babies in 2001
YouTube vid uploaded by coolrockboy
A now deleted tweet from 2012:
strohm just reminded me that we almost titled blake babies' "earwig""a faggot is a bunch of sticks"— Juliana Hatfield (@julianahatfield) November 13, 2012
In a post from her 2013 PledgeMusic campaign, Juliana expanded:
We were going to call the Blake Babies’ second album (“Nicely, Nicely” being the first album) “Beauville Caliente”. When we commissioned the original art/painting for the album cover, this was the title the artist was working with. The Blake Babies van--our first van, my first van--was a dark blue 1979 Chevy Beauville and I guess that was how I/we got the “beauville” in our heads. I don’t remember where the “caliente” came from. (We had some goofy/dada ideas back then; at some point the album was going to be named “A Faggot Is A Bunch Of Sticks” [really]. Also I had been a serious fan of The Police when in high school and maybe it was following their lead [“Outlandos D’Amour”, etc]). In my head the loose translation of this sort of French and Spanish amalgamation was “beautiful hot town”. Meaningless, really. I just liked the sound of it,,how it rolled off the tongue and teeth: “beauville caliente”. So the artwork on the cover of what came to be titled “Earwig” is a depiction of some sort of beautiful, hot town..
Swill And The Cocaine Sluts
The debut album originally released in 1987 as a limited edition of 1000 lps. A bunch of kids having fun. Amateur, sometimes shambolic yet fun and charming. Features an early recording of the Strohm classic Rain (titled here as Better N You) and an early appearance of the soon to be ubiquitous and sometime fourth Blake Baby Evan Dando.