The Boston Phoenix reports the Blake Babies split - December 1991
Interview with Discorder magazine from 1992.
"I think I would be better suited to songs that are simpler and tougher, I'm trying to get away from that soppy pop stuff....It's too much to try to handle my voice with that kind of music."
Discorder interview part 1
Discorder interview part 2
Blake Babies interviewed by English magazine Siren in 1992.
"A lot of pop music is too formalised. But one thing I think is good is that the kids just wanna rock again!"
NME interview - August 1992
"What I do isn't singing about myself. I kinda make up these little stories. I don't know where they come from....I'm not as pathetic as the protagonist in those songs."
Blake Babies interviewed by English music magazine Lime Lizard in May 1992.
"We like My Bloody Valentine. I think there's something really organic about their sound."
Alternative Press 1992
"For me it's really hard to write a three chord song, and I've been trying for so long."
An excellent interview with the Melody Maker at the beginning of 'The Juliana Hatfield Three' - January 1993
"(My) Sister is about what it might be like if I had a sister, and, I guess, also what I think my brothers think about me."
NME interview - August 1993
"With the new record, it's still me in the songs but I tried to show people I think about other things than just boys and myself."
"I can't stand auditioning people. It's so depressing 'cause most people suck. And, um, most people suck. It's just much more fun to play with friends."
A short news piece circa Become What You Are.
Thanks to Rob for scanning this.
Juliana talks about 10 of her favourite songs
"When (Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me) first came out, it sounded so otherworldly, like J was an alien that had created a new kind of music on another planet and they'd dropped it on us earthlings like a bomb."
Select magazine interview with The Juliana Hatfield Three
"I find a lot of English music really lets me down. There's a lot of style but not a great deal of substance. I love Radiohead and I love PJ Harvey though. I love early Smiths."
Interview with English magazine Lime Lizard
"People don't have tach, they don't realise that you don't want to answer questions about music at certain times, like after you've just played a bad show."
"(On The Juliana Hatfield Three) I wanted people to know there was a band but I can't deal with band names."
Juliana and Evan Dando interviewed by Melody Maker in November 1993 at what was probably the height of the annoying representation of Juliana in the music papers.
"Last night, there was a girl crying at our show. I always really love when people cry at my music....It's real. There's no faking it."
"It's so full of shit, the expectations people have of female artists. Basically you're either Belinda Carlisle or Courtney Love, and that sucks."
Odd fact - the following quote from 1994 appeared in this interview with VOX in January 1994. In 2009 it started showing up on Twitter as a regularly repeated tweet, and which has continued years later. It's not clear how this line was lifted, out of context, but the origin seems to be here.
"If you want to achieve things in life, you've just got to do them, and if you're talented and smart, you'll succeed."
Interview from 1995. This was a Various Artists CD with a CD sized magazine featuring all the participants. Juliana contributed the song 'Waves"
"I was so easy and carefree that making this record (Only Everything) was easy. I've learned to mellow out a bit, which makes it easier to sing. You'd think that would make the music more relaxed, but strangely enough it makes it fuller so the songs are less constrained. It's a bigger album than I've made before."
Interview from March 1995.
"(On 'What A Life') It's about a photograph I saw of all these people sitting around, rock 'n' roll people, a kind of debauched after the party thing. I'm not proud of what I wrote about it. I guess it was what I was thinking at the time but, now, I think I was being judgmental and nihilistic in a kind of gross way. I don't feel that way all the time and I really don't like to be so negative. I try to keep it to myself, or at least not be so obvious about it. Who am I to say things like that? They weren't hurting anybody."
Interview from March 1995.
Headline 'Everything And The Grrrl' very much of its time.
"(On 'Fleur De Lys') That's a sex song....kind of blatant - but that's why I made it in French. It was just something flighty to do."
Interview / article from 1995
"When I started playing with the Blake Babies, I found that the vocal training I'd had was really useful, as it had strengthened my voice. And the ear training helped me figure out a chord quicker than I would have done otherwise. But I deliberately tried to keep a lot of the stuff I was learning out of my head when I was actually making music. It can kill the mystery and the magic. I don't always want to know what chord I'm playing."
Interview from Spring 1995.
Juliana's last major appearance of the era in the UK music press.
"I had a bit-part on My So-Called Life, a new teen TV show in the States. That was hard, but also exciting. It's not some dumb, glamorised soap like Beverley Hills 90210. It's like a realistic take on Twin Peaks, weird and dark and confused. Just like real life."
Interview circa Please Do Not Disturb - October 1997
"The new stuff is more laidback, but at the same time it's more expansive, so it's like....more powerful, even though it's more laidback. I've been doing it by myself mostly, and I'm trying to let the music evolve of its own pace, rather than forcing it."
Juliana looking forward to Beautiful Creature, circa Bed
"I think I'm gonna mix up the instruments next time, maybe do some more acoustic recording, but also more band stuff, with keyboards and cellos maybe."