Wed, Oct. 29, 9pm EDT - 'Exile in Guyville' by Liz Phair

Pre-June 22, 1993. Who is Liz Phair? Post-June 22, 1993. Wow!

Exile in Guyville is a powerful record.  You won't find Phair holding back or shying away from any emotion or situation when absorbing the 18 tracks of her debut record.  When listening to the album at home for the first time she realized that her two worlds were colliding: that of her home life not far removed from living in her parents' house and that of a fully expressive female songwriter and musician.  

Before Exile, she felt that young women of the time didn't have any records to connect with.  Well she definitely solved that problem.  But girls weren't the only ones blown away by Exile in Guyville. Over 21 years later it remains a tantalizing record draped in authenticity and realism that is highly praised by both sexes.  And why not? From desires of masterful oral copulation to tales of abandonment, Liz Phair broke boundaries and introduced the 90's to her unrelenting style.

Join "Album Night" on Wednesday, Oct 29 for a journey to Liz Phair's Guyville.  The event starts at 9pm EDT right here and on facebook (www.facebook.com/johnbanrock).

I hope you can make it so we can also discuss the link between Exile in Guyville and The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St.  See you then!

34 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock NY

    Here's a great article about 'Exile in Guyville' that I stumbled across. Provides a lot of background on the album from the people involved in its creation, including Liz Phair. I think it's a good prep for this edition of "Album Night". Check it out: http://www.spin.com/articles/liz-phair-exile-in-guyville-oral-history-best-1993/

    Here's a great article about 'Exile in Guyville' that I stumbled across. Provides a lot of background on the album from the people involved in its creation, including Liz Phair. I think it's a good prep for this edition of "Album Night". Check it out:

    http://www.spin.com/articles/liz-phair-exile-in-guyville-oral-history-best-1993/

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Reminder, as always, for tonight's event: Make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. And here's a link to the lyrics: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Liz-Phair-Exile-In-Guyville-Album/47E416CA40FE8514482568A20028A00F See you at 9pm EDT

    Reminder, as always, for tonight's event: Make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted.

    And here's a link to the lyrics:
    http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Liz-Phair-Exile-In-Guyville-Album/47E416CA40FE8514482568A20028A00F

    See you at 9pm EDT

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    hey everyone! this album definitely takes me back. i think it was a great revelation to many young women when it was released. her liberating lyrics and attitude are fantastic. are we ready?

    hey everyone! this album definitely takes me back. i think it was a great revelation to many young women when it was released. her liberating lyrics and attitude are fantastic. are we ready?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hi Sarah. Thanks for showing up! We are ready to roll!!! Album Night officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Exile in Guyville' by Liz Phair. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    Hi Sarah. Thanks for showing up! We are ready to roll!!!

    Album Night officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Exile in Guyville' by Liz Phair. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

  • John T

    John T NY

    I always liked this album and it the way Liz sounds so confident and defiant. But I really can't see how this mirrors Exile track by track. It's been a while since listened to this so maybe it will become clearer. I think it stands on its own without the comparison to the Stones.

    I always liked this album and it the way Liz sounds so confident and defiant. But I really can't see how this mirrors Exile track by track. It's been a while since listened to this so maybe it will become clearer. I think it stands on its own without the comparison to the Stones.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Dance of the Seven Veils is a nice change of pace but the lyrics are still direct and personal.

    Dance of the Seven Veils is a nice change of pace but the lyrics are still direct and personal.

  • John T

    John T NY

    It's hard to imagine how the drums were added last as the article explains. They are so prominent especially on Never Said. Great rough sound on all the tracks so far that adds the feeling of a very tight band.

    It's hard to imagine how the drums were added last as the article explains. They are so prominent especially on Never Said. Great rough sound on all the tracks so far that adds the feeling of a very tight band.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hi John. Thanks for joining! I'm actually going to have to go back and listen to the Stones' album again and see what the story is. I've read opposing opinions on the matter. I would think that it was more likely just a big influence because Liz was listening to the album a lot during her recording of "Guyville". Though I did read that the song layout on the vinyl double LP was like the Stones album, 5-4-5-4 if I remember correctly. I haven't verified that. Someone also said that the songs for this album had been written earlier and therefore were unlikely influenced by the Stones album that she frequently listening to during the recording. I'm not sure what to believe. In hindsight, I should have listened to 'Main St." before tonight's album...

    Hi John. Thanks for joining! I'm actually going to have to go back and listen to the Stones' album again and see what the story is. I've read opposing opinions on the matter. I would think that it was more likely just a big influence because Liz was listening to the album a lot during her recording of "Guyville". Though I did read that the song layout on the vinyl double LP was like the Stones album, 5-4-5-4 if I remember correctly. I haven't verified that. Someone also said that the songs for this album had been written earlier and therefore were unlikely influenced by the Stones album that she frequently listening to during the recording. I'm not sure what to believe. In hindsight, I should have listened to 'Main St." before tonight's album...

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Btw, I remember hearing that Dance of the Seven Veils was about John the Baptist. The lyrics don't disprove the theory but I don't know if it's true for sure

    Btw, I remember hearing that Dance of the Seven Veils was about John the Baptist. The lyrics don't disprove the theory but I don't know if it's true for sure

  • John T

    John T NY

    Thanks for the background info John - it makes sense that the Stones Exile was more an influence rather than a direct reply to its songs. That is the way I am hearing it at least for now.

    Thanks for the background info John - it makes sense that the Stones Exile was more an influence rather than a direct reply to its songs. That is the way I am hearing it at least for now.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    yeah, I heard that about 7 veils too. terrific album thus far. polished, yet raw

    yeah, I heard that about 7 veils too. terrific album thus far. polished, yet raw

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I really like some of her guitar tones. Amazing that the article mentioned she insisted on using her tiny amp from home. Sounded great on Explain to Me

    I really like some of her guitar tones. Amazing that the article mentioned she insisted on using her tiny amp from home. Sounded great on Explain to Me

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Nice use of the piano on Canary. It's a pleasant change of pace that helps prevent all the songs from sounding too similar

    Nice use of the piano on Canary. It's a pleasant change of pace that helps prevent all the songs from sounding too similar

  • John T

    John T NY

    Liz sounds so vulnerable and introspective on Canary. Almost serene compared to then other tracks so far.

    Liz sounds so vulnerable and introspective on Canary. Almost serene compared to then other tracks so far.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, John, I totally agree about Canary

    Yeah, John, I totally agree about Canary

  • John T

    John T NY

    By the way I never realized that this was conceived as a double album which kind of makes sense now. I bought the CD version when it came out which was just one disc.

    By the way I never realized that this was conceived as a double album which kind of makes sense now. I bought the CD version when it came out which was just one disc.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    By the way, Mesmerizing appears to be the second song on the album with the word 'egg' in it. But this time she's using it as a noun (verb in Help Me Mary). Random fact, mostly useless

    By the way, Mesmerizing appears to be the second song on the album with the word 'egg' in it. But this time she's using it as a noun (verb in Help Me Mary).
    Random fact, mostly useless

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, I thought that was interesting about the double LP also. I just assumed it was released for CD with little thought to vinyl. But I guess that's some evidence for the "Exile on Main St" link

    Yeah, I thought that was interesting about the double LP also. I just assumed it was released for CD with little thought to vinyl. But I guess that's some evidence for the "Exile on Main St" link

  • John T

    John T NY

    Interesting egg reference. She also later made an album called whitechocolatespaceegg.

    Interesting egg reference. She also later made an album called whitechocolatespaceegg.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    that song fuck and run is what helped make Liz so cool. how many others could have pulled it off? or some of the others on this album too? great stuff

    that song fuck and run is what helped make Liz so cool. how many others could have pulled it off? or some of the others on this album too? great stuff

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    It's a great point Sarah. That's definitely what made her so appealing. She never holds back.

    It's a great point Sarah. That's definitely what made her so appealing. She never holds back.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    some cool bass going on in Divorce Song. Shatter is probably my favorite song on the album

    some cool bass going on in Divorce Song.
    Shatter is probably my favorite song on the album

  • John T

    John T NY

    There is nothing on Exile on Main Street as personal as Shatter. A great song that stands on its own with the rest of the album.

    There is nothing on Exile on Main Street as personal as Shatter. A great song that stands on its own with the rest of the album.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    the soundscape of it is brilliant in it's own right. it just all fits so well together, including with the vibe of the lyrics

    the soundscape of it is brilliant in it's own right. it just all fits so well together, including with the vibe of the lyrics

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    pretty raw lyrics on "Flower"...

    pretty raw lyrics on "Flower"...

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    I like the vocal overlaying she does in Johnny Sunshine as well as some others we've heard

    I like the vocal overlaying she does in Johnny Sunshine as well as some others we've heard

  • John T

    John T NY

    The impact of hearing songs like Flower and Johnny Sunshine is still so strong that it is hard to believe they are 20 years old! Fresh and contemporary feeling even now.

    The impact of hearing songs like Flower and Johnny Sunshine is still so strong that it is hard to believe they are 20 years old! Fresh and contemporary feeling even now.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    i can't believe this is already over 20 years old! i agree john. it doesn't seem like it!

    i can't believe this is already over 20 years old! i agree john. it doesn't seem like it!

  • John T

    John T NY

    Great riff to start Strange Loop. "Nothing feeds a hunger like a thirst" Wow!

    Great riff to start Strange Loop. "Nothing feeds a hunger like a thirst" Wow!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Great line. Nice song to end the album on. I think this might have been our longest album of the series so far, though Hendrix's Electric Ladyland was a double LP also

    Great line. Nice song to end the album on. I think this might have been our longest album of the series so far, though Hendrix's Electric Ladyland was a double LP also

  • John T

    John T NY

    Excellent choice John. It was great to listen to this album again - it still retains its power as an important artistic statement. I will have to go back to some of her others now and put them in perspective to this.

    Excellent choice John. It was great to listen to this album again - it still retains its power as an important artistic statement. I will have to go back to some of her others now and put them in perspective to this.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Thanks John. I feel the same way. The only other album of hers that I've heard is the aforementioned whitechocolatespaceegg. From what I remember, it really didn't stand up to this one. "Exile in Guyville" is a true artistic gem that will definitely continue to endure the rigors of time, in my humble opinion

    Thanks John. I feel the same way. The only other album of hers that I've heard is the aforementioned whitechocolatespaceegg. From what I remember, it really didn't stand up to this one. "Exile in Guyville" is a true artistic gem that will definitely continue to endure the rigors of time, in my humble opinion

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    yeah, thanks john. this was definitely a winner in my book! whats up next?

    yeah, thanks john. this was definitely a winner in my book! whats up next?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Great question Sarah. And by the way, thank you Sarah and John T for both showing up to tonight's edition of "Album Night". Your presence and insights are truly appreciated! "Album Night" will return on Wed, November 12 with 'Yip/Jump Music' by Daniel Johnston Until then folks..

    Great question Sarah. And by the way, thank you Sarah and John T for both showing up to tonight's edition of "Album Night". Your presence and insights are truly appreciated!

    "Album Night" will return on Wed, November 12 with 'Yip/Jump Music' by Daniel Johnston

    Until then folks..

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