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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