Liz Phair

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Elizabeth Clark Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Phair was raised primarily in the Chicago area. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1990, she attempted to start a musical career in San Francisco, California, but returned to her home in Chicago, where she began self-releasing audio cassettes under the name Girly-Sound. The tapes led to a recording contract with the independent record label Matador Records.

Phair's 1993 debut studio album, Exile in Guyville, was released to acclaim; it has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Phair followed this with her second album, Whip-Smart (1994), which earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and Whitechocolatespaceegg (1998). Ten years after the release of her debut, Phair's fourth album, Liz Phair (2003), released on Capitol Records, moved towards pop rock, earning her a mainstream audience but alienating critics; the single "Why Can't I?" peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After the release of her fifth album, Somebody's Miracle (2005), Phair left Capitol and released her sixth album Funstyle independently in 2010. In 2018, it was announced that Matador Records would be releasing a retrospective set for Phair's debut album Exile in Guyville which includes remastered recordings from her original Girly Sound demo tapes. Phair released her seventh studio album, Soberish, in 2021. As of 2011, Phair had sold over three million records worldwide.

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1993Exile in GuyvilleLiz Phair4.256
1994Whip‐SmartLiz Phair4.55
1998whitechocolatespaceeggLiz Phair45
2003Liz PhairLiz Phair46
2005Somebody's MiracleLiz Phair44
2010FunstyleLiz Phair42
2021SoberishLiz Phair2

Album + Compilation

2005iTunes OriginalsLiz Phair2
2014IconLiz Phair1
2018Girly-Sound to GuyvilleLiz Phair2
2018The Girly-Sound TapesLiz Phair1

Album + Demo

1991Girls! Girls! Girls!Girly-Sound1
1991Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word to Ya MuthuhGirly-Sound1


1993CarnivoreLiz Phair1
1994SupernovaLiz Phair4
2018Here Comes Your ManPete Yorn feat. Liz Phair1
2019Good SideLiz Phair2
2021Hey LouLiz Phair1
2021Spanish DoorsLiz Phair1

Single + Live

2003Why Can't I? (Live Sessions@AOL)Liz Phair1


1995JuveniliaLiz Phair41

EP + Live

2004Chicago Apple (Live): EPLiz Phair1
2005Rolling Stone Original EPLiz Phair1

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