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Liz Phair

About

Elizabeth Clark Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Phair was raised primarily in the Chicago area. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1990, she attempted to start a musical career in San Francisco, California, but returned to her home in Chicago, where she began self-releasing audio cassettes under the name Girly-Sound. The tapes led to a recording contract with the independent record label Matador Records.

Phair's 1993 debut studio album, Exile in Guyville, was released to acclaim; it has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Phair followed this with her second album, Whip-Smart (1994), which earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and Whitechocolatespaceegg (1998). Ten years after the release of her debut, Phair's fourth album, Liz Phair (2003), released on Capitol Records, moved towards pop rock, earning her a mainstream audience but alienating critics; the single "Why Can't I?" peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.After the release of her fifth album, Somebody's Miracle (2005), Phair left Capitol and released her sixth album Funstyle independently in 2010. In 2018, it was announced that Matador Records would be releasing a retrospective set for Phair's debut album Exile in Guyville which includes remastered recordings from her original Girly Sound demo tapes. Phair released her seventh studio album, Soberish, in 2021. As of 2011, Phair had sold over three million records worldwide.

Articles

June 13, 2022

What A Strange Loop Playwright Michael R. Jackson Is Listening To

The Pulitzer Prize winner, who also just took home his first Tony Award last night, on the fearlessness of Liz Phair and Tori Amos, and why he’d rather sing along to a song than just vibe with one.

pitchfork.com

March 1, 2022

Ellie Goulding, Kali Uchis, Liz Phair Lead New Versa Festival in Chicago

Inaugural women-led event includes musicians, comedians, speakers and chefs

www.rollingstone.com

January 4, 2022

‘500 Greatest Albums’ Podcast: How Liz Phair Remade Indie Rock on ‘Exile in Guyville’

On the latest episode of our Amazon Original podcast, the singer-songwriter breaks down how she channeled the "disillusionment and fury" of her twenties into her game-changing 1993 debut

www.rollingstone.com

December 16, 2021

Liz Phair Talks Life in Exile and Making ‘Offensive’ Punk Playlists

Hear excerpts from new, 90-minute 'Words + Music Episode' production in which singer-songwriter plays songs and reflects on her career

www.rollingstone.com

Discs

Soberish

June 4, 2021

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In There

May 12, 2021

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Spanish Doors

April 14, 2021

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Hey Lou

February 10, 2021

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Good Side

October 11, 2019

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Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set (The Girly-Sound Tapes)

May 4, 2018

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Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set

May 4, 2018

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Funstyle

January 1, 2010

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Live @ Yahoo! Music

January 1, 2005

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Somebody's Miracle

January 1, 2005

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Liz Phair

January 1, 2003

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Whitechocolatespaceegg

January 1, 1998

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Whip-Smart

January 1, 1994

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Exile In Guyville

June 22, 1993

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