Liz Phair “Exile in Guyville”

Posted 02 Feb 2011 in 90s, Albums of 1993, Albums of the 90s

Album Cover

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#274 in the Series) is Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville.

Ah, Liz Phair, one of my favorite ‘Dirty Girls’ who’s also a proud member of the lucky, born on April 17th club.  You other 99.72 percent don’t know how cool that is!

Exile in Guyville has long been considered her magnum opus. She recently has been touring playing the album in its entirety.  I really endorse that concert trend. I’m quite surprised it’s actually taken this long for it to catch on.  Hey, with-out it I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of seeing Cheap Trick perform their 1st album awhile back!

In fact, NPR has a stream available of her doing one of those shows. Look for the link in the ‘Links’ section below.  They also have a very interesting interview with her at that link.

In reading many things about this album, one word is on every write-up, ‘classic.’ Other words that I often see are ‘ground breaking.’

I have a feeling that many of you know ‘of’ this album but do not’ know’ it. I’ve found most of the songs from it and placed them in the playlist below. You also have the live version to check out. I hope you do so.

Exile in Guyville peaked at #196 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

Track listing

All songs written and arranged by Liz Phair.

  1. “6’1″” – 3:05
  2. “Help Me Mary” – 2:16
  3. “Glory” – 1:29
  4. “Dance of the Seven Veils” – 2:29
  5. “Never Said” – 3:16
  6. “Soap Star Joe” – 2:44
  7. “Explain It to Me” – 3:11
  8. “Canary” – 3:19
  9. “Mesmerizing” – 3:55
  10. “Fuck and Run” – 3:07
  11. “Girls! Girls! Girls!” – 2:20
  12. “Divorce Song” – 3:20
  13. “Shatter” – 5:28
  14. “Flower” – 2:03
  15. “Johnny Sunshine” – 3:27
  16. “Gunshy” – 3:15
  17. “Stratford-On-Guy” – 2:59
  18. “Strange Loop” – 3:57


  • Liz Phair – guitar, piano, vocals
  • Casey Rice – guitar, cymbals, background vocals, handclapping
  • Brad Wood – organ, synthesizer, bass, guitar, percussion, bongos, drums, background vocals, drones, feedback
  • Tony Marlotti – bass
  • John Casey – harp

Back to ‘Cool Album’ HOMEPAGE


Back to ‘Cool Album’ HOMEPAGE

Official Liz Phair Website

Listen to the complete album on the ‘Cool Album’ MySpace Page. (MP3s available as well)

Listen to Liz play the album LIVE in its entirety via NPR

Liz Phair on Wikipedia

Liz Phair on AllMusic

Purchase Liz Phair via Amazon


Posted by Larry Carta

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