This Just In: Liz Phair is Officially the Type of Person Who Says “This Is My Journey”

07/13/2010 3:34 PM |


A week after releasing the ridiculous Funstyle album via her website, Liz Phair is back in the news. A note currently posted on the site reads:

You were never supposed to hear these songs. These songs lost me my management, my record deal and a lot of nights of sleep.

Yes, I rapped one of them. Im as surprised as you are. But here is the thing you need to know about these songs and the ones coming next: These are all me. Love them, or hate them, but dont mistake them for anything other than an entirely personal, un-tethered-from-the-machine, free for all view of the world, refracted through my own crazy lens.

This is my journey. Ill keep sending you postcards.

The only rational reaction one could possibly have to any of this is of course, “If we weren’t supposed to hear these songs, then why did you post them on your website for all of us to hear?” (Also, NB: he said crazy, not me.) [Pitchfork]

5 Comment

  • Mike, I think you’re taking her statement about “never supposed to hear these songs” too literally. It’s pretty obvious that she means that as of x number of months ago, these were songs that her label rejected and she was “supposed” to scrap and start over; that they were at some point deemed unfit for public consumption. It’s a little melodramatic but surely you’re familiar with this kind of hyperbole, yes?

    The non-skit songs on this record are actually pretty good. Then again, there were good songs on the last two records, too, which few people mention in all of the panting over how Liz Phair is so totally ridiculous and over and etc. “Table for One” is a fantastic song. I’ll put that against anything she’s written. There’s nothing nearly so good on Funstyle, but the likes of “You Should Know Me” and “Miss September” could fit in on her less-loved-but-actually-better-than-Exile nineties records.

    The skit-experimental-“joke” stuff is pretty bad, though, and keeps this feeling like anything more than a group of demos, not much of a proper album. They affirm that Liz is probably not the type of person I would ever hang out with. But that doesn’t disqualify her from writing good music.

  • sorry but i cant believe how stuipd some bloggers are, they miss the point of this entirely! geez… i love half the songs on this, and cleary they harken back to Guyville more than anything in 10 years, and the joke stuff is funny and scathing…this is the most authentic Phair has been in ages, and it bodes well…

  • Opinionated articles like this is why I feel disappointed by the internet and the devolution of music journalism.

  • Please, Liz Phair disgraced herself a long time ago. Everything she’s done the last ten years has been horrible beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. The only fun thing about it is how desperately people rationalize and make excuses.

  • Music “journalism” is usually superficial, juvenile, and ridiculous. No exception here. Liz Phair’s new record, on the other hand, is a welcome to form. She hasn’t been this weird or funny since her Girly Sound tapes from 1991. Those who don’t hear it probably never understood Liz Phair and never will. Which is fine, of course, but maybe they should just get a life instead of sitting in front of their computer screens writing about something they don’t like.