The following 6,000-plus words are the unedited transcript of my interview conducted with BEN DEILY of VARSITY DRAG and his wife and bassist, LISA. While originally intended to preview Varsity Drag’s upcoming show at Church on Saturday for Cellars By Starlight, the two-hour conversation not only covers the history and current state of Varsity Drag, but also the creation and early days of the Lemonheads, Deily’s relationship with Evan Dando and his departure from the band just as they were about to make it big.
UPDATE: As reported over the weekend, Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield's rumored Nov. 1 show together at Great Scott has been confirmed, and the $20 tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon. New York's the Candles, a recent touring partner of Dando's, are the opening act. To get us all in the mood, two appropriate Dando/Hatfield mp3s have become available: a remastered "My Drug Buddy," which first appeared in the 1992 Lemonheads album It's A Shame About Ray, and "Waiting For Heaven" off 2001's God Bless The Blake Babies
We were surprised to learn that JULIANA HATFIELD has completed a new album called Peace and Love, which she produced, performed and recorded entirely on her own on an eight-track in her Cambridge apartment.
We were even more surprised, however, to learn that the liner notes to Peace and Love were written by "Boston Phoenix music editor James Parker."