Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Beautiful Creature & Juliana’s Pony: Total System Failure – Juliana Hatfield [#134]

on September 13, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-06 at 12.37.42Beautiful Creature & Juliana’s Pony: Total System Failure – Juliana Hatfield

I have always been fascinated by how the bands and artists I like are all interconnected somehow, even though the apparent connections may not be immediately apparent to me.

The Tubes and Chris Isaak or Yes, Vangelis and Mike Oldfield or  Juliana Hatfield, Tanya Donelly and Kristin Hersh for example.

All interconnected either by artistic merit or close personal links to each other. And yet each of these bands and artists I have discovered for myself independently of their connections.

I became aware of Juliana Hatfield when she was part of Ivo Watt’s This Mortal Coil project in the 1990s. Though not really paying attention to who was who, it transpired that my favourite song from the 4AD showcase album Uncut: 4AD (to be featured much later in this project), You & Your Sister, was a duet with Tanya “Belly” Donelly and  Juliana Hatfield. Wow! Especially as I already really liked Tanya Donelly.

Anyway, Beautiful Creature appears here as a joint album with Juliana’s Pony: Total System Failure. No idea why. It just is that way in my collection. Two separate albums combined and presented as one. It has a distinct Belly-esque sound. Angry women with guitars. The stuff Avril Lavigne turned into sickly sweet teen angst more successfully than slightly miffed Generation Xers.



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