I bet you fall in bed too easily with the beautiful girls who are shyly brave and you sell yourself as a man to save but all the money in the world is not enough
October 24, 2007 1:49 AM Subscribe
posted by Weebot (56 comments total)
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Liz Phair has gone from indie rock's princess to indie rock's bête noire over the last few years. But way, way before she was any of those, she was a just another post-collegiate twentysomething who had moved back into her parent's house and who recorded
odes to Speed Racer
and parodies of "Wild Thing" into her 4 track tape recorder to pass the time.
I'd be stupid to suggest that Liz Phair is a name that carries a lot of currency these days (though if pressed, I'd defend her catalog up to and including her self-titled album,) but I'd imagine that this relic from early-90s zine culture would still be of interest to people. Legend has it that these recordings, which make up the three Girly Sound tapes, were recorded on a dare and given to only two people. They found their way to the head of Matador, and eventually Phair would rework many of these tracks into what would become Exile in Guyville
Phair has never formally released these demos, with the exception of a tossed-off EP in the mid-90s that included a couple of tracks. She revisits these songs occasionally, though less now than early in her career. There is certainly a noticeable difference between this and any of her properly recorded material. These demos include many rambling, Dylan-esque songs that top 7 minutes, many songs which sound like they were recorded as a lark, and some radically different early versions of songs she would later include on her studio albums. Personally, I like the one about White Baby Dealers. And the Batmobile one.