With the next three tracks in this month’s playlist, I will be recreating, in a small and in no way nearly as exciting a manner as the original, one of my earliest and still most memorable gig experiences. It’s 2nd December 1993 (the gig was originally set for October 3, but had to be rescheduled - pity the poor sod who had to go through all the tickets and add the new date by hand), and I’m about to spend several very sweaty hours at the front of the Manchester Academy witnessing a fine triple bill of 1990s indie-pop.
First on the bill are The Juliana Hatfield Three, with My Sister, taken from their 1993 album Become What You are. I say their, but really it’s always regarded as a solo Hatfield album. Hatfield was not a big name in the UK (duh - hence first support slot), perhaps as well known for her bass and backing vocals work with The Lemonheads on It’s a Shame About Ray while she was living with Evan Dando.
My Sister is Juliana Hatfield at her alt-rock best - catchy and bittersweet.