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Liz Phair

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Biography

Celebrated as one of the most influential female singer-songwriters of
the 1990s, Liz Phair's landmark debut album Exile in Guyville became a
cult indie classic which railed against rock's macho swagger and later inspired
the likes of Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Waxahatchee and Courtney Barnett. Born
April 17, 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut, Phair started writing songs while
studying art history at college in Oberland, Ohio before heading to San
Francisco to play the coffee house circuit, making homemade cassette recordings
under the moniker Girly Sound. She ended up back in Chicago playing alternative
clubs and working with Chris Brokaw from Come and Urge Overkill but, unbeknown
to Phair, a close friend took it upon himself to send her tapes to every
fanzine in the country and by 1992 she had landed a deal with Matador Records.
Designed as a riposte to the cocksure male gaze of albums like The Rolling
Stones' Exile on Main St. and small-town, alternative rock poseurs, Exile
in Guysville
was adored by critics who saw Phair as leading a new
generation of sharp-tongued, sexually confident, feminist songwriters. Her
lo-fi, DIY sound was polished into a spiky pop record on Grammy-nominated
follow-up Whip-Smart in 1994 with Phair tracking the course of a
relationship from its first flirtation to its tearful break-up, and appearing
in a typically playful, frank and unapologetic mood on tracks like “Supanova”
and “Jealousy”. Though not a natural major label artist, Phair
released three albums for Capitol Records, on which she confronted marriage,
motherhood and her divorce and collaborated with artists including R.E.M. and
Sheryl Crow. Her work with glossy, hit-making production team The Matrix and
the pursuit of shiny, radio-friendly pop anthems divided critics and fans, but
she returned more to her indie roots when she joined Dave Matthews' ATO Records
label. She also dabbled in composing for various television shows. She released
2010’s Funstyle independently after her relationship with ATO ended. The
next decade included opening for The Smashing Pumpkins, a tour commemorating
the 25th anniversary of Exile in Guyville, and a failed
attempt to record a double album produced by Ryan Adams, but she would not
release a new album until 2021’s Soberish.