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Album 5 of 500: Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville

February 23, 2010

BAND: LIZ PHAIR
ALBUM: EXILE IN GUYVILLE
LABEL: MATADOR RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 22, 1993

Before selling her soul, Liz Phair was super cool.  Exile in Guyville was Liz’s first full length release.  She started off under the name Girly Sound.  Her Girly Sound 1991 demos did indeed have songs that would appear on Exile in Guyville. Critics say Exile in Guyville was one of the greatest records of the nineties. Songs about one night stands, having good looks, blow jobs. and overall confusion with the opposite sex. Some found her lyrics offensive, “I want to fuck you like a dog, I want to take you home and make you like it.”  Liz had a Trinia or Peaches feel but with an indie rock touch. The most outlandish lyrics belongs to the song, “Fuck and Run”. “Fuck and run/Even when I was seventeen/Fuck and run, fuck and run/Even when I was twelve”.  “Even when I was twelve”? Exile in Guyville is really a great record done by a female musician who wasn’t afraid of telling the truth.  Liz had boy problems and she needed to let the world know, and she had no problem telling people that she slept around.  All she really wants is a guy she can call her boyfriend.  Exile in Guyville is an audio diary for anyone who is willing to listen.

RM CRESSER © 2010 500 Rad Records

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