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Liz Phair On World Cafe | February 10, 2011 |

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Liz Phair rose to prominence in 1993 thanks to her debut album, Exile In Guyville, what she describes as a song-for-song response to The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. and a reaction to the boy's club style of the indie-rock scene in Chicago, where she lived at the time.

But the overwhelming wave of initial success is only a small part of Phair's lengthy career. In 2003, Phair released a self-titled album that made it on to the Billboard charts behind its single, "Why Can't I."

Though Phair has had difficult experiences with record labels and becoming a mother, she often countered the hard times with optimism and wit. Her latest album, Funstyle, not only returns to her rockier roots, but displays styles that air on the side of the experimental, including rapping.

Hear Phair talk about Funstyle and her career — and perform cuts from Exile In Guyville.


Prince "Little Red Corvette" The Hits/The B-Sides 
Raphael Saadiq "Radio" Stone Rollin' 
David Bowie "Rebel Rebel" Diamond Dogs 
Warpaint "Ashes to Ashes" Single 
Bobby Long "A Winter Tale" A Winter Tale 
Liz Phair "6 Foot 1"" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Liz Phair "Mesmerizing" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Urge Overkill "Sister Havana" Satuaration 
MGMT "Time to Pretend" Oracular Spectacular 
Bell X1 "Hey Anna Lena" Bloodless Coup 


Rickie Lee Jones "The Real End" The Magazine 
The Black Keys "I'm Not the One" Brothers 
Free "Fire and Water" The Best Of Free
KT Tunstall "Fade Like a Shadow" Tiger Suit 
Old 97's "Love Is What You Are" The Grand Theatre Vol 1
Morrissey "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" Vauxhall and I 
The Greenhornes "Saying Goodbye" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Greenhornes "Better Off Without It" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
The Raconteurs "Steady As  She Goes" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Wanda Jackson "Shakin' All Over" The Party Ain't Over 
The Decemberists "Down by the Water" The King is Dead 
The Pretenders "Back on the Chain Gang" Learning to Crawl 
Tennis "Marathon" Cape Dory 
Aztec Camera "Oblivious" High Land, Hard Rain 
Looking for a Girl "Teddy Thompson" Bella