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Become What You Are (1993)


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Become What You Are (1993)


Become What You Are (1993)

The Juliana Hatfield Three

  1. Supermodel
  2. My Sister
  3. This Is The Sound
  4. For The Birds
  5. Mabel
  6. A Dame With A Rod
  7. Addicted
  8. Feelin' Massachusetts
  9. Spin The Bottle
  10. President Garfield
  11. Little Pieces
  12. I Got No Idols

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.

Select Magazine - September 1993

NME 1993

Lime Lizard - September 1993

A clip of Jules signing stuff to promote the album at Rhino Records, Westwood, CA, in October 1993. Via Eric Wolfe on YouTube.

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Alternate Artwork

In August 2012 Juliana released hitherto unseen images of proposed/ alternate artwork for the album. The first is a photograph of her brother.

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For The Birds (1993 Single)


For The Birds (1993 Single)


For The Birds (1993 Single)

The Juliana Hatfield Three

  1. Hello My Name Is Baby
  2. I Got No Idols (piano version)
  3. Batwing

The piano version of I Got No Idols on this single is rather splendid.

The NME didn't like it much

The NME didn't like it much

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My Sister (1993 Single)


My Sister (1993 Single)


My Sister (1993 Single)

The Juliana Hatfield Three

  1. My Sister
  2. Put It Away
  3. A Dame With A Rod (demo)
  4. Ruthless

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.

Juliana:

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.

NME review 1993

NME review 1993

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Innocence and Experience (1993)


Innocence and Experience (1993)


Innocence And Experience (1993)

Blake Babies

  1. Wipe it Up
  2. Rain (demo)
  3. Boiled Potato
  4. Lament
  5. Cesspool
  6. You Don't Give Up
  7. Star (demo)
  8. Sanctify
  9. Out There
  10. Girl in a Box
  11. I'm Not Your Mother
  12. Temptation Eyes
  13. Downtime
  14. Over and Over (live)

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 coherent selection which includes most of the essential songs.

Select Review 1993

Vox Review 1993