Blake Babies Re-Forming To Record Album

Singer Juliana Hatfield also plans two solo discs early next year.

Juliana Hatfield has reunited with her bandmates in the '80s jangle-pop

trio Blake Babies to record an album and is planning two solo LPs for

release early next year.

Singer/bassist Hatfield, singer/guitarist John Strohm and drummer Freda

Love (formerly Freda Boner) have been exchanging ideas through the mail,

a source close to the project said Wednesday (Dec. 1). The trio plan to

slip into a studio in Bloomington, Ind., soon, the source said.

"It's definitely happening," the source, who requested anonymity, said.

"They've been demoing stuff, and they're going to start recording. ...

Juliana and John have been writing together again, which they haven't

done in eons."

Lemonheads singer Evan Dando, a sometime Blake Baby himself, may appear

on the album, the source said.

The Boston band released three studio albums in a six-year career but

never moved far beyond its core college-rock audience. The group received

its greatest acclaim for its last two efforts, Sunburn (1990)

— featuring "I'm Not Your Mother" (RealAudio

excerpt) and "Girl in a Box" — and the EP Rosy Jack World

(1992).

The trio were signed to Mammoth; a label for the planned LP has not been

determined.

After the group disbanded, Strohm and Love formed Antenna, who released

two albums on Mammoth. Strohm later put together Velo-Deluxe and Hello

Stranger, in addition to playing guitar for the Lemonheads. He also has

released two solo albums, including Vestavia (1999).

Hatfield, who also spent time in the Lemonheads as a bassist and backup

singer, launched her solo career with Hey Babe (1992). Her fourth

album, Bed (1998), had a more raw sound than her previous efforts,

evident on such songs as "Down on Me" (RealAudio

excerpt).

Hatfield's two upcoming solo albums should arrive close together early

next year, although release dates and titles have not been set, a Rounder

Records spokesperson said.