Liz Phair – Teenage Slut?

cliky clickyThe state of pop music is generally good these days. Rap-Metal & their Sensitive Progressive-Rock Crooner buddies seem to have relaxed their grip on mainstream radio. MTV is playing Interpol and Zwan, along with Jarassic 5 and Eminem… that is, when they’re actually playing videos.

In addition to the new bands getting mainstream attention, it seems to me that several artists are making a come back of sorts. Look at Billy Corgan with Zwan… and look at Liz Phair— who is trying to shed not only her “blow-job Queen” indie cred from the early-90s, but also the boring Lilith Fair mommy reincarnation of her last album.

Tracks from the new album, posted on her website, reveal some interesting tidbits about her new album.

1) She wants to sell records Despite being an immensely talented song-writer and performer, she’s never sold more than a few hundred-thousand records. She hired the hit-makers behind Avril Levigne Lavigne to produce, and the result is candy for the under-17 Avril crowd.

2) She sounds like Avril Levigne Lavigne! I have no beef with Avril– she’s fun, cool, and all that. But, Liz was real. She had a fragility to her that reminded boys like me of the girl-next-door… She also possessed a unique perspective on love and relationships, which she brought to her song-writing. The new songs are rocking, to be sure, but too carefully processed, so that they sound like just another L.A. studio job.

(I can’t believe I just used the word ‘fragility’ in a music entry. apologies.)

Still, would I like to hear Liz on mainstream radio, and see her on MTV? Yea. I just wish she’d use someone like Sheryl Crow as a model, instead of a 17-year old French-Canadian wanna-be.

3 Responses to “Liz Phair – Teenage Slut?”


  • No beef with Avril Lavigne? Well, she does seem like she might be a vegetarian, but since she’s from a tiny town in Canada, she probably grew up eating caribou jerky.

    Hardy har har!

    (I just had to post, since I do have a beef with Avril Lavigne, but I won’t bore anyone with details. Strangely enough, I have more of a beef with your misspelling of her last name, even though I don’t like her. What is this? I don’t come around much, and when I do, all I do is criticize! It’s time for a Major Life Change, I think.)

  • Dear Katy Kate,
    I fixed those gramatical errors, per your request. Is there anything else I may perform for you? I aim to please.

    -Neddie Ned

    ps- Welcome back

  • the truest thing you said was the last line of the entire rant. Avril has always struck me as the next incarnation of Britney, Christina, et al. The same producers, smart enough to start the pop sensation in the US in the late 90s, realized tastes were moving away from that glittery, dancy, talentless-y music and so put forth a new champion to subjugate the airwaves. She is the same pre-packed, over produced, market-oriented trash as her fore-sisters. She’s Britney part deux, the difference being the faux attitude and the sound of the music behind the words someone else wrote.

    But maybe I’m wrong and she’s a female Keith Richards.

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