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New Juliana Hatfield: Can’t Get It Out of My Head

Video: Juliana Hatfield – “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” (ELO cover)

Directed by David Doobinin. From Juliana Hatfield Sings ELO, out November 17 on American Laundromat.

After tribute albums dedicated to the songs of the Police and Olivia Newton-John, Juliana Hatfield has now tackled the works Jeff Lynne and his Electric Light Orchestra. In between these she’s also released albums of originals, Weird (2019) and Blood (2021). Plus she’s been on tour supporting her buddy Evan Dando as he celebrates thirty years of the Lemonheads’ classic It’s a Shame About Ray. She’s busy!

This new cover of ELO’s “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” is great. I like it better than the original, mainly because Hatfield’s voice doesn’t sound like a wimpier Robin Gibb. (Sorry, Jeff Lynne, you seem like a nice guy but the vocal on that song is not great.) Plus, it’s cool how Hatfield replaced the orchestral elements with guitars and stuff.

Hatfield says, “Overall, I stuck pretty close to the originals’ structures while figuring out new ways to express or reference the unique and beloved ELO string arrangements. An orchestra would have been difficult or impossible for me to manage to record, nor did I think there was any point in trying to copy those parts as they originally were. Why not try to reimagine them within my zone of limitations?”

Good choice!

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New Juliana Hatfield video: Can’t Stand Losing You

Video: Juliana Hatfield – “Can’t Stand Losing You”

Directed by Rachel Lichtman. From Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police, out now on American Laundromat.

This is fun. The video is almost a shot-for-shot remake of the original Police promo clip with Jules playing the parts of Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland. Kinda wish she would’ve donned some big round glasses and a bow tie, but that’s alright.

Like the video, Hatfield’s cover doesn’t veer too far from the Police classic, which didn’t chart here in the States despite being the follow-up single to the Top 40 smash, “Roxanne.” Being a kid in the 1980s, it was mandatory to like the Police whether you were a jock or a punk, a popular kid or a band geek. Everybody liked the Police. Every drummer wanted to be Stewart Copeland. There was a drummer in my high school who even looked like Stewart Copeland! He was definitely the coolest kid in marching band.

Looking back it’s weird to realize how short of a lifespan the band had: basically, from 1979 to 1983. And then poof, like it was all a dream…of a blue turtle (minus the abomination of “Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86”).

Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police is her second tribute album in two years, following 2018’s collection of Olivia Newton-John hits. In between, she released an album of originals, Weird. Busy busy!

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New Juliana Hatfield video: All Right, Yeah

Video: Juliana Hatfield – “All Right, Yeah”

Directed by Jed Davis. From Weird out now on American Laundromat.

Right now in Michigan it’s unseasonably cold so it’s comforting to hearing Juliana Hatfield singing about a heat wave.

She told Consequence of Sound, “I have a small, weak air-conditioner in my bedroom that I use on the soupiest, most miserable nights, when my New England stoicism falters and I just can’t take it any more. The ‘minimum, medium, maximum cool’ hook in the choruses is referring to the controls on the little window unit and also on the standing fan in the kitchen and the window fan in the living room.”

Stay cool, Juliana!

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New Juliana Hatfield video: Lost Ship

Video: Juliana Hatfield – “Lost Ship”

Directed by Rachel Lichtman. From Weird, due January 18 on American Laundromat.

Cool original new song from Juliana Hatfield fresh on the heels of her Olivia Newton-John cover album. She never stops working!

Hatfield told Vanyaland, “Rachel Lichtman of the awesome Network 77 hipped me to this place called Deer Island in Winthrop, Massachusetts and we shot the video there. It’s right in my backyard, practically, but I had never been there before. It was such a cool sci-fi setting, with the wind and those gigantic egg-shaped structures which are part of the waste treatment facility out there. Rachel made this a beautiful haunting video.”

Directed Lichtman added, “I feel like Juliana and I created something that so beautifully captures the powerful freedom of the chosen isolation described in ‘Lost Ship.’ Juliana seems a futuristic goddess, luxuriously alone, atop what looks like the remnants of the industrialized world; she’s not bothered or indebted or compromised. We shot it just the two of us on the last warm day of summer, and I think that energy translates through and captures the essence of this brilliant song.”

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New Juliana Hatfield video: Physical

Video: Juliana Hatfield – “Physical”

Directed by David Doobinin. From Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia-Newton John, out April 13 on American Laundromat.

Woo hoo, this is the second video Juliana Hatfield has released for her tribute to Olivia-Newton John.

Hatfield released a statement to Stereogum:

Olivia Newton-John’s lusty “Physical” is a groovy, bouncy song, but my take on it is darker, more aggro, because I don’t think of lust as fun or funny; I think it’s dangerous and disruptive and mostly unwelcome. So that is my interpretation of “Physical”: the human condition is a bummer, and desire a frustrating impediment to serenity.

I can see her point. But even so, even Hatfield’s downer attitude can’t prevent her version from being fun and groovy. ONJ agrees. She tweeted, “Very flattered that Juliana recorded this cd of my music! Great job!!”

I also like Hatfield’s purple suit in the video, a sly nod to Newtown-Johns’ tights in the original video. (See below.)

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New Juliana Hatfield video: A Little More Love

Video: Juliana Hatfield – “A Little More Love”

From Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, out April 13 on American Laundromat.

I was in elementary school when Grease came out and I had the soundtrack on vinyl and I’d play it on my parents’ hi-fi, the kind where you could stack records and the next one would drop down and start playing once the first one was done. I never did this with the Grease soundtrack because even at that age I realized the Sha Na Na stuff wasn’t worth my time. I was all about John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

I hated Rizzo for being so mean to Sandy. I hated her. Hated! In fact, I hated her so much that I took a permanent red marker and obliterated Stockard Channing’s face in all the photos in the gatefold of the album. Not only that, I took a pair of scissors and scratched the shit out of the grooves of “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” so the song could never be played. Looking back, that reaction seems a little extreme. Were my parents worried? If so, they never said anything.

Apparently, they also weren’t worried about their seven-year-old boy listening (repeatedly) to a song with lyrics such as “you know I ain’t braggin’ / it’s a real pussy wagon” and “you know I ain’t shittin’ / I’ll be gettin’ lots of tit in Greased Lightning.” The 70s, man. It was a different time.

I wonder if Juliana Hatfield felt the same way about Rizzo. She’s about my age and she just recorded a whole album of Olivia Newton-John covers, due April 13 on American Laundromat Records. If “A Little More Love” is any indication, I can’t wait to hear the rest of it.

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New Juliana Hatfield video: Short-Fingered Man

Video: Juliana Hatfield – “Short-Fingered Man”

Juliana Hatfield rules. Check her out, dancing around her hallway, looking into her phone all mean and cool. She’s the best.

“She’s so bored she falls asleep / Short-fingered man can’t get her off / Short-fingered man best give it up / He claims he’s all the way in / But she can’t feel anything / He must be lying.”

The history of Graydon Carter’s “short-fingered vulgarian” epithet is rather amusing. At least it was amusing a year ago. Now, maybe less so.

Like so many bullies, Trump has skin of gossamer. He thinks nothing of saying the most hurtful thing about someone else, but when he hears a whisper that runs counter to his own vainglorious self-image, he coils like a caged ferret. Just to drive him a little bit crazy, I took to referring to him as a “short-fingered vulgarian” in the pages of Spy magazine. That was more than a quarter of a century ago. To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him—generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers. I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby. The most recent offering arrived earlier this year, before his decision to go after the Republican presidential nomination. Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: “See, not so short!” I sent the picture back by return mail with a note attached, saying, “Actually, quite short.”

“He’s very insecure / You have to talk gently to him / Like a little girl.”

Juliana Hatfield’s Pussycat is due April 28 on American Laundromat.

Juliana Hatfield – Shining On

MP3: Juliana Hatfield – “Shining On” from How to Walk Away, out now on Ye Olde Records.

Nice and pretty, but mellower than some of her best stuff. But hey, we all have to grow up someday. Right?

One more: Juliana Hatfield – “This Lonely Love” (featuring Richard Butler).

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More on this album courtesy of ioda promonet.

Update: Oops, forgot to mention that Hatfield also has a new memoir, When I Grow Up, out later this month. And the New York Times has a nice profile.