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Liz Phair


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New Haven CT, United States (1993 – present)

Liz Phair (born Elizabeth Clark Phair on April 17, 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. She was a cornerstone in the underground early ’90s indie rock movement for her songcraft and DIY ethics. Her sound developed at the turn of the century into something more akin to pop or adult contemporary.

Phair’s entry into the music industry began when she met guitarist Chris Brokaw, a member of the band Come. Brokaw was visiting her San Francisco loft-mate Nora Maccoby when he heard Phair’s songs, and encouraged her to record them.

After moving back to Chicago, Phair began writing songs and recording homemade tapes under the name Girly Sound, and supported herself by selling her drawings on the streets of Chicago. She soon became a part of the alternative music scene in Chicago and became friends with Material Issue and Urge Overkill, two of Chicago’s upstart bands to go national in the early 1990s, as well as Brad Wood and John Henderson, head of Feel Good All Over, an independent label in Chicago. (A later attempt at re-recording the Girly Sound tapes failed after arguments between Henderson and Phair.)

After asking Wood who the “coolest” indie label was, Phair called up Gerard Cosloy, co-president of Matador Records, in 1992 and asked him if he would put out her record. Coincidentally, Cosloy had just read a review of Girly Sound in Chemical Imbalance that very day and told Phair to send him a tape. Phair sent him a tape of six Girly Sound songs. Cosloy recalls: “The songs were amazing. It was a fairly primitive recording, especially compared to the resulting album.


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  • deadgrandma

    v tumbleweed

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  • JamesJupiter

    New song! -

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Summer_Max

    What happened to you?Liz. You used to be so awesome.

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Whip-Smart

    My body is so ready for some new Liz Phair music.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • TravellingLai

    You are you are shining some glory you are you are shining some glory on me........

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • letsbolt

    i need the comeandgetit EP in lossless. anyone...anyone...?

    29 Sep 2014 Reply
  • letsbolt

    i love you phizlair

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TravellingLai

    What happened to you?Liz. You used to be so aweasome.

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
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    9 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Bozfly

    Which reminds me, I remember reading an interview from a couple of years ago saying that she was working on a new album that she was really happy with and she wasn't gonna let anyone else fuck it up. Anyone know anything about this, any new info on another record?

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Bozfly

    Guyville > Whip-Smart > Space Egg > Funstyle > Somebody's > Liz Phair imo. Whip-Smart is totally underrated. Listen to that album in bed at night with the lights off, its bliss (as is Guyville of course, which is nothing short of a masterpiece)

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Whip-Smart

    Just imagine the "Liz Phair" album with the Avril-ville tracks repleaced with the comeandgetit EP.

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • alainchaumont

    dakotaVal73 :-)

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    Happy birthday, Liz!!! :D Listening to some "Guyville" today.

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • IanOhs

    the self-titled having more listens than either Whip-Smart or 'spaceegg: shit the bed! :(

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • m5p6n3

    liz phair canta melhor que miley cyrus.

    3 Mar 2014 Reply
  • glitterpunch

    eternal truths

    16 Feb 2014 Reply
  • tonnyaranha

    She's brilliant. Exile in Guyville and Whitechocolatespaceegg will never get out of style.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • yourcrowbar

    Sheryl Crow's music is much more pop friendly. The production on "Guyville" and "Whip-Smart" is basically lo-fi, when compared to mainstream albums (and let's think about THE LYRICS). Having said that, I think both Sheryl and Liz are amazing in what they do.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • pewpewlasers

    anime avatars

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
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