#324: Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair


Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair (1993)

Favorite Track(s): "Help Me Mary" and "Dance of the Seven Veils" and "Canary" and "Fuck and Run" and "Divorce Song"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) Full confession: the Liz Phair song I know best goes, "Chill out, whatcha running for? Lay back, it's all been done before..." No, wait. That's Avril Lavigne. The song I'm thinking of goes "Get a load of me, get a load of you, walking down the street and I hardly know you..." and is featured in lots of movies, specifically one with Mandy Moore called How to Deal (her haircut it amazing in it). That song is not on this album, which was Liz's debut work, supposedly a song-for-song response to the Stones' album Exile on Main Street. I've heard it cited by many a feminist as a formative album for them. Let's get angsty!

(Post-Listening) If I only I had had this album when I was a teenager, I might have avoided that whole boy band obsession thing. This was just terrific. Moody and honest and kickass and sad and therefore varied, which I absolutely need in a teen-angst album. Don't just yell at me or make me feel like I'm sitting alone in a dark club with a bunch of drugged-out people. Do that for one or two songs, and then give me something else or it will all string together and feel like a mistake to listen to.

My favorite song was probably "Divorce Song" because I loved the opening lyrics TO DEATH:

And when I asked for a separate room
It was late at night, and we'd been driving since noon
But if I'd known how that would sound to you
I would have stayed in your bed for the rest of my life
Just to prove I was right
That it's harder to be friends than lovers
And you shouldn't try to mix the two
'Cause if you do it and you're still unhappy
Then you know that the problem is you

Definitely adding this to my music library. And I'd love to go on a road trip and listen to this album, and that is always a clear sign of a winner!

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