What I'm Listening to Tonight Makes Me Wanna Go and Fuck Shit Up

Juliana Hatfield’s Hey Babe was one of my favorite albums in high school.  The summer before senior year, I saw her play in the college town somewhat near where I lived, and it was my first real concert.  In spite of the drunken frat boys shouting for her to “Play some Skynyrd,” I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.

While Hey Babe was her first solo album after the Blake Babies split, she of course went on to be quite prolific and the many, many albums that followed it have all been great. I’m not sure this is her best album, but it’s for damned sure the one I remember most fondly.

The backing crew is fucking amazing.  (No, really, see for yourself!  Among others, there are Evan Dando and Mike Motherfucking Watt! I know!)  The album is tight as hell, and it just plain rocks. There can be no denying it, unless you are iTunes.  Apparently, iTunes can deny it all they want.

I pretty much figured that after the demise of my cassettes and cassette players that this album and I were destined to live separate lives: I alone with my sadness, and the album alone and neglected in the used CD bin at some corner store in an unknown town where I would never chance to be.

Well, thank dog for illegal downloads, is what I say.

And with that, a few favorite tracks:

Everybody Loves Me But You

Lost and Saved

Nirvana

No Outlet

One thought on “What I'm Listening to Tonight Makes Me Wanna Go and Fuck Shit Up

  1. Alfina the Vague August 30, 2008 / 1:13 am

    Also, although the title is just a reference to the “Nirvana” lyrics, this album apparently makes me fucking want to cuss up a goddamned shitstorm. I must feel sixteen again. HELL! MOTHERFUCKING CUNT!

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