I'm very happy about having done Guyville and I'm very happy it's such an acclaimed record. Songwriting and writing are a way for me to vent. I was talking about this a lot with Susan Straight. But I have the cynicism of a 50 year-old. I feel like when I listen to it—cause you do these interviews and sometimes people like [the album] and sometimes they don’t and they say things to you and I always try to hear what they’re saying and address it. Liz Phair sat down for a chat to discuss her new album Funstyle as well as other things. How is that? Is it worth your life, or your brother’s life, or these peoples’ bloodshed for this thing that’s just a symbol? Liz Phair was supposed to be on tour with Alanis Morissette right now. In a recent interview with The Independent, Phair summed it up as, “It was like seeing the girl next door go nuclear.” “Guyville” made Phair a star and an indie darling. Sign up for The Believer’s mailing list and get free essays, comics, interviews, and more, right in your inbox. Liz Phair’s debut memoir, Horror Stories, arrives today, and she’s released a brand-new song to accompany it — her first since 2014. I mean, I kept doing interviews and trying to help people through it therapy-wise who were upset or felt a betrayal — I do get it. Every person I know who is my age and not in my business makes a lot more money than I do. BLVR: How was Legoland? They’re not saying, “What a great flag we have. And yet, Phair is never judgmental of her protagonists’ love interests or friends; nor do the protagonists of her songs, who are mostly young and female, judge themselves. This is her first interview since the release of the album. It looks like that, because the swollen eyebrow has pushed the other one up about half an inch. Liz Phair: A Rock & Roll Star Is Born ... It’s a magazine, and Phair fires off a quick phone interview. I bought everyone’s backlash about Liz Phair. Listen to Somebody's Miracle by Liz Phair on Apple Music. Liz Phair was supposed to be on tour with Alanis Morissette right now. Birner: Have you ever met the Stones and talked to them about Exile In Guyville? Okay, so I had a bad night with a guy. They were "how could Liz Phair rap and release this song?" It was off the cuff, and that’s why it works. knowing the way I am, singing a song that's being broadcast in my gym, that's subversive. It’s about George Sand and Franz Liszt and their circle and the wealthy landowners would invite them—is the right word grift? Think about it: [Sings] “Oh say can you see, by the…” They probably lost half of the men they knew yesterday in that battle. It’s gross. It was very rocky, up-and-down craziness. I can’t believe I have a black eye. One of my friends from college had this theory that all you needed to be in this world was fabulous and you could just skate through it as an artist, that there was supposed to be the youngest and most fabulous in any circle and as you got older you had to find an older circle. It’s just a dream, and it’s embodied in a piece of cloth. "I started counting how many (female artists) were in this book called Modern Art and it was something as horrifying as sixteen women before 1960 were included. I’m picking up books and they just don’t encourage me. BLVR: I guess that’s one reason I like the song “Shane.” I like that it’s both bedroom-sounding but also addresses broader issues, like the Gulf War. In recent interviews, Phair has been upfront about her hopes of mainstream success, and claims full awareness that Liz Phair is likely to alienate many of her original fans. In battle we follow it.” They’re actually bringing you into it. LP: I think when I create an album I’m doing that consciously, but when I make the song I think it’s natural. Liz Phair Wrote the Book on Fucking. Rahman and Liz Phair, which plays over the film's end credits. February 27, 2012 • Get nostalgic with World Cafe's roundup of archival interviews, featuring '90s modern-rock stars Liz Phair, Belly, Matthew Sweet and more. Phair herself sings in the first song on Exile in Guyville: “And I kept standing 6’1” / Instead of 5’2” /And l loved my life / And I hated you.” Phair seems to relish that one can readily alter appearances; it’s as simple, she implies, as changing one’s outlooks and affinities. So here are the transcripts: Ken: Ok, before I really get into this, may I ask what version of the iPhone you have? “We should get out of here,” she says, eyeing the phone. 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