29 April 2013

29 April 2013 - The Juliana Hatfield Three - Spin The Bottle

I remember the last time I saw Juliana Hatfield.  

September 15, 1995.  Water Street Music Hall.  Rochester, NY.

Why do I so clearly remember a date in a random club on a random Friday night nearly 18 years ago?  Well, that, my friends, is an interesting story.   I was married on September 16, 1995.  This show was the closest thing I ever had to a bachelor party.  My friend Jim was there, as was my friend Mike.  (As it turns out, someone I met 16 1/2 years later was also there, but that's another story I'm not telling today).

Jim was fond of telling everyone that I was getting married the next day.  There was one young lady - who I think was taking a shining to me - who was quite adamant that I was far too young to be getting married.

The show itself was pretty good.  I wish she would have done more early stuff - she did one Blake Babies song ("Nirvana", which also appeared on her first solo album in a different form) - but it was pretty good.  After the show, Jim grabbed one of the setlists off the stage and was hell-bent on meeting Juliana and having her sign it.  I, having met Juliana in the past and not finding her all that congenial, wasn't so keen on that, but we did it anyway.

And Jim told her I was getting married the next day.

Her reply.  "Aren't you a little young to be getting married?"


She wasn't wrong, sadly.

This song is a cute little diddy from the Reality Bites soundtrack, with a lot of guest stars in the video.  The subject matter - playing Spin The Bottle with a semi-famous person - is a little strange, but it makes for a cute song.  With a guitar hook that builds as the song builds momentum..... the whole tune just oozes excitement.  So, get excited!

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