Monday, July 21, 2008

Rock Revival's Classic Albums (1993): Liz Phair Exile in Guyville / 15th Anniversary Deluxe Version Due August 25, 2008

Much to the surprise of many of us old fogies, rock actually didnt die in the late 70's but continued to redesign itself and develop thru the much maligned 80's and the 90's. One of the critical developments of the 90's was the explosion of indie music and within that a new wave of feminism, much excluded from popular music back in the day.

It was the time of Grrrrl power, Lolapalooza, sundresses and DOCS and one of the classiest acts of the era, Liz Phair.

Her incredible debut album was called Exile in Guyville (1993), now one of Rolling Stones top 500 albums of all time.

So why mention it on Rock Revival ? Well number one, its a lo-fi confessional type album with a twist, it's a song-by-song reply to the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main Street !! Number 2, it's a brilliant record ? A paired down indie Kate Bush with bollocks ? It's clever, honest, fuck-you feisty.

A 15th year Anniversary Extended Issue will be released August 25, 2008, with bonus tracks and a documentary DVD.

Bonus tracks include: “Ant in Alaska,” “Wild Thing,” where she uses the melody of The Troggs’ hit as a jumping off point for an otherwise all-original song, “Say You,” which features Phair and a full band

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