Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Juliana Hatfield Covers ELO

Photo by David Doobinin

We were huge fans of Juliana Hatfield's albums that saw the Boston alt-rock legend covering The Police and Olivia Newton-John. (I mean, we love covers and we love Juliana Hatfield, so win-win...) Now, she's adding a third to her repertoire and Juliana Hatfield Sings ELO is due out in November. ELO would be my least favorite of the three artists Hatfield has selected to cover, but even I can't resist the first single, "Don't Bring Me Down." Hatfield's version stays surprisingly close to the original, without even the slightest hint of 90's irony. It may be a little more pop than the classic rock original, but this might be one of the most fun cover songs of 2024.

Juliana Hatfield explains her decision to take on an album's worth of ELO classics:

ELO songs were always coming on the radio when I was growing up. They were a reliable source of pleasure and fascination. With this album of covers I wanted to get my hands deep into some of the massive ‘70’s hits but I am also shining a light on some of the later work… My task was to try and break all the things down and reconstruct them subtly until they felt like mine.”

You can listen to Juliana Hatfield's take on "Don't Bring Me Down" below. Juliana Hatfield Sings ELO is due out November 17 on American Laundromat Records, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Juliana Hatfield, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.

JUN 17 / NORTHAMPTON, MA @ One Roof Concert for the Homeless
JUL 28 & 29 / NEW YORK CITY @ City Winery (Nuggets 50th Anniversary)

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