geek quiz 2003 - questions & answers


1  The Anagram

Juliana likes to play with words. In this song she comes up with a cute little trick in the second chorus. It's an exact repetition of the first chorus, except for a single word which she changes into an anagram of what she sang the first time. What song am I thinking about?

Little Pieces

"Why do you still feel like shit?" turns into a more moderated "Why do you still feel like this" the second time around.

2  Pictures, Pictures and Pictures

It's no surprise that a typical Juliana CD contains one or more photos of herself. And some contain more than others. My question here is quite simple - which official CD has the most?

Universal Heartbeat single

Notice that the question didn't say "different photos"! Although the UHB single cover contains only 3 different images one of these is repeated something like 162 times!

3  Astronomy

I've never heard anything about Juliana having bad feelings about the planets in our solar system. It does seem pretty strange though, that whenever she comes across the name of this particular planet she tends to cover it up! What on earth (or rather not on earth) am I talking about?


For most of her career Juliana has been using Marshall amplifiers and she's made it a habit to tape over "Mars" and "ll" changing the brand to "ha". And of course when she's using a separate amp and speaker it becomes "ha ha". Interestingly I've never seen any journalists asking her why she does that, so whether she originally had problems with a Marshall sponsorship or it's just a fun thing to do remains a mystery.

4  Those Golden Stars

So Juliana went ahead and made her own CD cover design for the compilation, and sure she did a pretty good job. I'd have to give her a pretty low score for originality though, since the other day I happened to come upon no less than 2 other CD's from my collection, with covers that feature a lot of golden stars on a blueish background. I'll show you a close up of a single star from each of them, and you'll just have to identify the corresponding CD's by naming the artist and album title. I'll hand out a full point for each one that you get right:

Sinead O'Connor - Universal Mother

Not one of her best albums but it does happen to have more than a hundred of these gold stars on the front cover!

Veruca Salt - Eight Arms to Hold You

I was a bit surprised that only our quiz winner Rachel got this one right since Veruca Salt happens to be such a popular band among Juliana fans. You need to spend more time gazing at your old CD covers :)

5  The Line that Disappeared

Listen to the last verse of this classic Juliana song and you may realize that the last line has just disappeared, as if she simply ran out of lyrics. I'm pretty sure that it's done on purpose since it really amplifies a very emotional statement in the previous line. But what song would that be? No wait let's make it a bit harder - she wrote this song in a hotel so why don't you give me the name of the hotel and the city:

Phoenix Hotel San Francisco

When I tell you that the line before is "I was happy as a child" most of you will know that the song I'm referring to is "My Darling". Juliana has stated a couple of times that it was written while staying at the Phoenix - a small SF hotel that has become a popular place to stay for musicians on the road.

6  Spell Check

I guess most of you will have seen it somewhere before - the dreaded double n misspelling of Juliana. Unfortunately it has also made its way onto a few record covers. In fact on this particular CD, counting both the insert, the cover and the CD itself you can find the double n occurring no less than 4 times. For some reason there's also one appearance of the correct spelling. Do you happen to know the title of this CD?

Return of the Grievous Angel

This is the Gram Parsons tribute where Julian(n)a and Evan contributed "$1000 Wedding".

7  Ancient Language

Juliana has written a song that refers to an item that was handed down to her from one of her brothers. The name of this item actually originates from the latin language, and all I'm asking for is an english translation of this word?

I roll

Which is the english translation of Volvo as in "Volvo (Girl in old Blue Volvo Disowns Self)" which can be found on the UHB single. And yes this car actually existed in real life.

8  Cover Up

Normally when Juliana plays cover versions she's pretty careful about singing the exact same lyrics as the original. However whenever she sings this particular song there's a distinct difference from the original, and to give you a hint I can say that the numbers 3,4,7 and 8 are involved. What cover song would that be?

Baby Gets High

If you listen to the original by Madder Rose you'll notice that in a rather unusual way "What makes baby get so high?" is repeated 3 times in the first chorus and 7 in the second. Juliana has chosen to repeat it a more conventional 4 and 8 times.

9 A Single Instrument.

I'm listening to this track which features Juliana as the only musician. Singing and playing an instrument. Nothing too exotic about this you might say, but hey - wait a minute - the instrument is not a guitar. It's an official recording, and the song is.....?

I Got No Idols

Judging from the answers this was the easiest question of them all - on the For the Birds ep you can find a great piano version of this song.

10 Interesting Sticker.

In general I find CD stickers annoying, but this particular one really did what it was supposed to do - it caught my eye, and I simply had to buy the CD. It looks something like this:

Both #1 and #2 are among my absolute favorites, so I think I'd just like you to name artist #1:

Lisa Germano

The remaining undisclosed artists are Evan Dando, Victoria Williams and Lucinda Williams. The CD is the Giant Sand compilation titled "Selections Circa 1990-2000"

11 Hidden Tribute.

I've always been fascinated by the fact that Juliana seems to spend a lot of time listening to other artists, and still manages to write songs that are very much her own. If you study the lyrics to Only Everything closely you'll see that they contain a slightly disguised reference to one of her favorites at the time. And I'm not talking about Dinosaur Jr. that probably inspired her to choose the album title itself. So what band am I talking about?

Sunny Day Real Estate

Well that was what I was talking about, but maybe I should have checked out some facts before writing this question from memory! As it turns out I didn't give you any chance at all to answer this one since the lyrics I'm referring to doesn't belong on OE at all! It is as close as it can get though since Waves was recorded at the same time, and happens to contain the following lines:

On a sunny day
real escape's a dream

At that point in time she mentioned Sunny Day Real Estate in every other interview so I doubt that this is just a coincidence. Interestingly if you type "Sunny Day Real Escape" in Google you get only one result - which happens to be a transcription of the Wave lyrics. Maybe I should have done that before writing the question :)

12 Coincidence?

When listening to the original version of another song that Juliana has covered on numerous occasions my eyes catch a strange coincidence while scanning the track list. The name of the following song sounds very familiar since Juliana has used exactly the same title for one of her absolute masterpieces? I guess this should be enough info for you to identify the artist?

Dot Allison

She wrote the beautiful "Tomorrow Never Comes" and the original recording on the Afterglow CD happens to be followed by a song named "Close Your Eyes". Interestingly Afterglow came out a year before Beautiful Creature so who knows whether Juliana got some inspiration for a song title here?

13  Soundtrack

I'm watching a movie. This scene takes place in a car outside a Bowling Alley and music is playing in the background. A girl is singing and yes of course - the voice belongs to Juliana. But what's the name of the movie?

Fathers and Sons

The song is "Yeh Yeh" and it could probably easily be chosen as the worst song Juliana has ever recorded. Furthermore it's very much in the background - in fact I totally missed it when I saw the movie for the first time recently, so I'm not too surprised that no one managed to answer this one.

14  Alternababe!?

I'm now looking at a published piece of handwriting, in which someone has managed to describe Juliana as "the alternababe"! Who wrote that?

Evan Dando

The intro to the "Come On Feel the Lemonheads" songbook contains the following comment about "It's about time":

"This one's written from the perspective of Juliana Hatfield. It was fun for Tom and I to imagine we were inside the alternababe's work boots."