Photo by David Doobinin
Singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield, the onetime member of the Blake Babies who saw breakout alt-rock success in the early ’90s, will pay tribute to one of her own favorites with a collection of covers of songs by Olivia Newton-John, the chart-topper who starred in the film version of “Grease.”
Titled Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, the 14-song album is due out April 13 and is available for pre-order now in a wide variety of formats via American Laundromat Records.
The album finds Hatfield covering hit songs and lesser-known tracks from Newton-John’s catalog, including the smash single “Physical” (famously also covered by Revolting Cocks), “Hopelessly Devoted To You” from the “Grease” soundtrack, and a couple cuts from the cult favorite film “Xanadu,” among other songs.
Hatfield is quoted on the label’s site as saying:
“I have never not loved Olivia Newton-John. Her music has brought me so much pure joy throughout my life. I loved her when I was a child and I love her still. Her voice and her positive energy and her melodies have stood the test of time and they give me as much pleasure now as they ever did. Listening to her is an escape into a beautiful place. She has inspired me so much personally and I just wanted to give something back; to share some of these tremendous songs, reinterpreted, with love, by me.”
There’s also a bonus 7-inch single for sale that includes two more covers — “Deeper Than the Night” and “Heart Attack” — with sleeve art by Hatfield’s I Don’t Cares bandmate Paul Westerberg.
According to the label, $1 from the sale of every album will be donated to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping patients with cancer.
See the full tracklist below.
Tracklist: Juliana Hatfield, Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John
1. “I Honestly Love You
2. “Suspended In Time
3. “Have You Never Been Mellow
4. “A Little More Love
7. “Totally Hot
8. “Don’t Stop Believin’
9. “Please Mr. Please
10. “Hopelessly Devoted To You
12. “Dancin’ ‘Round And ‘Round
13. “Make A Move On Me
14. “I Honestly Love You (Reprise) (CD, cassette and digital only)
1. “Deeper Than The Night”
2. “Heart Attack”