The big seller.
Released with Juliana’s commercial appeal rising following the critical success of Hey Babe and her association with the lauded Evan Dando, this was the most anticipated release of her career to date. Many sublime moments (Feelin’ Massachusetts, This Is The Sound) and some twee (For The Birds). It closes with stronger songs and the PJ Harvey influenced Spin The Bottle works, despite the potentially disastrous title. Final track I Got No Idols remains one of Juliana’s classics.
Juliana’s work would never be released again against a background of so much analysis and pre-conceptions from the outside world. Whilst this would have commercial and personal implications and disputes with the music industry would remain in future years, her art has succeeded since.
A record which remains many fans' favourite album, not least as it was the record that introduced them to Juliana.
In August 2012 Juliana released hitherto unseen images of proposed/ alternate artwork for the album. The first is a photograph of her brother.
The piano version of I Got No Idols on this single is rather splendid.
In August 2013, SPIN Magazine ran a lengthy article on the history of My Sister, 20 years on, featuring quotes from all band members and others related to the song.
I was living in a studio apartment in Allston, Massachusetts, which is sort of like a student ghetto of cheap apartments. Evan Dando was sort of crashing there. He had nothing to do with it, but I just remember he was around. And I was trying to write something catchy and accessible, but not in a crass, commercial way. I just came up with those four chords that are the verse, and then it sort of ended up not having a chorus.
I've always been in this sort of perpetual state of existential longing. I feel like something's missing. I almost feel like I have a twin who died at birth but no one ever told me that the twin existed. And with this song, I was trying to explore the idea of a sister who I never had. In the beginning, that seemed like a really nice idea. I had two brothers, but I never had a sister. But then the song ended up being kind of sad. It was more of a longing for a sister who was never nice to me, or a relationship lacking the things that I wanted from it.
A compilation of Babies' material released at the height of Juliana’s commercial success as a solo artist. There is enough in the way of unreleased demos, live versions to appeal to the loyal fan. (You can never have enough versions of Rain). Of particular note is the previously unreleased Boiled Potato, an early version of what would become Juliana’s b-side Feed Me. A fabulous selection which includes most of the essential songs.
In December 2018, American Laundromat Records announced a 2019 vinyl reissue:
We are beyond excited to reissue this fantastic Blake Babies collection on vinyl. It's always been a favorite and we worked with John, Freda and Juliana on every aspect of the reissue.
Our good friend and long-time collaborator Sean Glonek at SRG Studios handled remastering, and Carl Saff in Chicago cut metal. Vinyl was pressed by hand at Burlington Record Plant in Burlington, VT. The artwork has been recreated from the original Mammoth art but with a little twist thanks to the skill and creativity of award-winning designer, Aaron Tanner of Melodic Virtue. We also included the liner notes and photos from the original CD booklet as a newly-designed inner sleeve. We're very proud of this reissue and hope you enjoy it.