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My So-Called Nineties Indie Rock Lovefest

Julianahatfield1sized_3There are a few things J.I. is not jaded about. Puppies. Sassy Magazine. Classic rock radio (childhood memories overshadow any potential for snark). And of course, My So-Called Life, the best television show ever produced. To celebrate the deluxe DVD that is sitting on the J.I.'s desk and tempting us to blow off work and watch, we thought we'd do some digging and find out what the indie rock stars of the show are doing in 2007.

Animalbag: According to a blog post by a “friend of the Bag,” two members are working on an unnamed band, another is affiliated with a band called “Tater” out of North Carolina, and member “Boo” Duckworth passed away in June of 2006.

Jawbox: The band was dropped from Atlantic in 1997, and split shortly thereafter. J. Robbins is in Channels, and spends time caring for his son Callum, who was recently diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. Drummer Zach Baracas plays with Minneapolis band The Millions, and Bill Barbot and Kim Coletta run DeSoto Records.

Bettie Serveert: They continue to tour, and their cover of a Bright Eyes song was featured on The OC. Their last record was 2006’s “Bare Stripped Naked.”

Buffalo Tom: The band was on hiatus from 1998 to 2005, returning with a live CD. They played South By Southwest and toured this year, as well as releasing a new record, “Three Easy Pieces,” on New West Records.

Toad the Wet Sprocket: Toad broke up in 1998, but continue to do things like “reunite” to play full US tours. Lead singer Glen Phillips has released a number of solo records that J.I.’s dad seems to like, and the other members have been involved with a band called Lapdog.

Juliana Hatfield (pictured) : Juliana left Atlantic and has been prolific, putting out a number of solo albums, but never quite recreating the commercial success she had at the time of “My So-Called Life.” She’s still a compelling live performer and her later work is criminally underappreciated. A mutual love of her work is how J.I. met our excellent friend Kelly. Hi Kelly!

Lemonheads: J.I. interviewed Evan Dando a few years ago after a solo show. Dando was so addled he could barely answer questions like, “So, how’s the tour going?” Apparently Dando did a lot of drugs in the nineties. The Lemonheads reunited in 2006, released a self-titled record, and toured.

Madder Rose: The band split in 1999. Lead singer Mary Lorson sings for Saint Low.

Archers of Loaf: After splitting in 1998, Eric Bachmann joined Crooked Fingers, Matt Gentling went on tour with Superchunk, and Eric Johnson went to law school.

Urge Overkill: UO, the band the J.I. always thinks about when people talk about Okkervil River, had a monster hit with their cover of “Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon” on the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack, then broke up. They got back together in 2004 and are preparing a new album.

Afghan Whigs: They disbanded in 2001, but recently reunited to record some new material and put together a greatest hits comp. Greg Dulli fronts the Twilight Singers and continues to be one of the dirty-sexiest men alive.

October 31, 2007 in Indie Music, Television | Permalink

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