Divorce Song vs. Fuck and Run

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inspired by the recent revive of this: Exile in Guyville, the poll

Poll Results

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Divorce Song 25
Fuck and Run 12


if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 April 2011 23:07 (six years ago) Permalink

haven't decided yet; both are brutal...

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 April 2011 23:09 (six years ago) Permalink

will probably vote Fuck and Run bcz I think the swearing and humor gives it a bit of a disadvantage, even though I think they make that song even more shattering

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 April 2011 23:14 (six years ago) Permalink

Completely love them both. Edge to "Divorce Song," which is one of my 50 or so favourite songs ever.

clemenza, Saturday, 30 April 2011 00:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 1 May 2011 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

nobody gives a fuck, huh? no wonder there wasn't a runoff...

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 2 May 2011 11:52 (six years ago) Permalink

I care! You'll have to take my word on that.

clemenza, Monday, 2 May 2011 12:06 (six years ago) Permalink

right on

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 2 May 2011 12:11 (six years ago) Permalink

time for me to vote

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 2 May 2011 12:11 (six years ago) Permalink

WHOA "Divorce Song" by a mile. Probably one of my top 50 songs as well. Doing it at karaoke a few months ago was sort of a life highlight.

jj n° fad (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 2 May 2011 15:58 (six years ago) Permalink

in a just world this should be a tie again. both truly all-time.

but i'm voting for divorce song bc that's the one that first grabbed me by the ear and pounded my head into the stereo and said PAY ATTENTION THIS RECORD IS AMAZING all those many years ago.

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Monday, 2 May 2011 18:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 2 May 2011 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Well, there you go.

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Monday, 2 May 2011 23:02 (six years ago) Permalink

i want all that stupid old shit like letters and sodas ;_;

markers, Monday, 2 May 2011 23:02 (six years ago) Permalink

letters and sodas

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Monday, 2 May 2011 23:03 (six years ago) Permalink

i bought the reissue of guyville when it came out a few years ago and listened to some of it but not the whole thing. i don't know if i ever heard 'divorce song' back then but i just listened to it now and i like 'fuck and run' better!!!!!!!!!

markers, Monday, 2 May 2011 23:07 (six years ago) Permalink

I love them both. I will say that I listened to this again over the weekend after discussion on the album thread and, yeah, I'd forgotten how great DS is and had I voted in this I might have gone that way too.

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Monday, 2 May 2011 23:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Nice--I think the results would have been reversed and more in 1995. I posted this homemade video on another thread a few months back; I think it captures the song perfectly.

clemenza, Monday, 2 May 2011 23:21 (six years ago) Permalink

Haven't listened to EiG in years. Have no memory of "Divorce Song."

your generation appalls me (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 00:51 (six years ago) Permalink

...it's good tho.

your generation appalls me (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 00:56 (six years ago) Permalink

morbs :3

cum dude (Princess TamTam), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 01:37 (six years ago) Permalink

that video is great. 'divorce song' is better.

this thread has reminded me how incredibly hot phair's deadpan quasi-bad singing can be.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 01:50 (six years ago) Permalink

especial love for the way she sings "and boxed it up and buried it in the ground."

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 01:51 (six years ago) Permalink

Yes! re her singing style.

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 01:52 (six years ago) Permalink

I've written this here and elsewhere more than once, but since this is a "Divorce Song" thread, I'll say it once more: to me, it's Five Easy Pieces through Karen Black's eyes.

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 02:03 (six years ago) Permalink

this isnt an exile thread but i love how she asides "out there" inbetween singing "it's coooooold" and "and rough" in 6'1"

cum dude (Princess TamTam), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 02:14 (six years ago) Permalink

But what's the connection to Roger Maris? I still can't figure that out.

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 02:16 (six years ago) Permalink

I sort of can't stop listening to this now. It's weird though because I could never really get that into anything else she's done. There were a couple good songs but nothing even came close to this for me at least.

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 02:22 (six years ago) Permalink

every now and then i'll go through a phase where i listen to nothing but 'exile' for days. there's something really weird and unique about her singing style on this album -- not just her voice, but the way she 'reads' certain lines, almost affectless but then suddenly emphasizing an unexpected word -- that i've never quite heard from any other singer.

i think the saddest thing about that slick early '00s album, the one with 'why can't i,' was that she'd completely stopped singing that way. i actually kind of liked that album when it came out but i threw it on a while back and found it almost completely unlistenable. (and of course, that's the one i got her to sign after a show in '03, not 'exile.' sigh.)

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 02:47 (six years ago) Permalink

God, that video is fucking horrible and kind of embarassing. Pretty OTM on the way she reads certain lines, though ("tay-eeeee-ken it baACK"). Also I can never figure out if there's ACTUALLY a faint vocal harmony on "true that I stole your lighter" or if it's just my ears playing tricks on me.

jj n° fad (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 03:22 (six years ago) Permalink

I love that video! It's like she stalking around, all nervous energy, lots going on in her eyes...I know it looks amateurish, but even that works for me.

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 03:30 (six years ago) Permalink

I dunno afaic "Fuck and Run" is one of the most poignant, most memorable songs of the last 20 years. As good as "Divorce Song" is, I don't see how it really compares

Dan S, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 05:35 (six years ago) Permalink

underrated aspect of Fuck and Run--it's new-wavey backbeat:

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 18:10 (six years ago) Permalink

(Actually I think Divorce Song has the same motorik thing going on, though its less pronounced)

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 18:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Aw man, "I wanna boyfriend" always makes me :( inside

jj n° fad (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 02:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Also FWIW "Support System" is also p solid from the second album

jj n° fad (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 02:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Whip Smart is a weird little record, & v hard to get into; I always get the feeling that the hooks and songwriting are there but it seems, not unfocused, but out-of-focus. "Support System" was no exception...

I (prob lazily) gravitated to the more obvious stuff on there; "Supernova" which was genuine quality alt-radio sellout (another song also in this vein, similarly terrific = "Rocket Boy"), "Chopsticks", and the title track which I love as much as the songs I polled here...

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 05:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Rocket Boy is a weird one, like it's performed at the wrong tempo or something, reminds me of an Urge Overkill b-side but yet I have a soft-spot for it.

it's time for the fish in the perculator (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 05:59 (six years ago) Permalink

a weird one, like it's performed at the wrong tempo or something,

85% of WS imo...

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 06:14 (six years ago) Permalink

"fuck and run", no regrets, even when i was 12. "divorce song" is excellent, much more subtle, but f'n'r just kills me. one of my very favorite songs of the 90s.

"rocket boy" is great, too, love that slightly sickly power pop sound. more matthew sweet than urge overkill to my ears. tbh, i might prefer it to "divorce song"...

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 06:18 (six years ago) Permalink

rocket boy is great, but saying it is better than divorce song is a bit o madness

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 06:28 (six years ago) Permalink

I think what you're talking about is the way Phair will stretch a single syllable, a single note, over six or eight bars. She takes such liberties with song structures and melodies...! stretching out RRRRROOOOOOOOOO-CCKKKEEEEEEEEEEETTT, and then whip back with: Rocket Boy! I feel like it took the whole of Whip Smart to be able to write a song like that...

Man it sucks so bad that her career jumped the rails, and she ended up having to play as Avril's horny mom: I'm wondering if she could've been the female Prince...

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 06:43 (six years ago) Permalink

now that i've said it, i'm struck by how much liz's sound resembles matthew sweet's. "divorce song" maybe more than "rocket boy" (which is at least half fastbacks).

and drug money OTM, "divorce" seems objectively better than "rocket boy", the lyrics are certainly some of the most striking phair ever wrote, but something about the sound of rocket boy rips me to pieces. the ache isn't communicated by anything she says, it's in the chord progression and harmonies, and i'm kind of helpless before it. get the same thing from "teenage kicks" and "another girl, another planet", btw.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 06:51 (six years ago) Permalink

fwiw

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 06:53 (six years ago) Permalink

:D

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 07:01 (six years ago) Permalink

whitechocolatespaceegg: have you heard it contenderizer? is it worth getting?

Scott Miller, formerly of Game Theory, seems to think it was the best album of 1998

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 07:06 (six years ago) Permalink

no, i dunno. i loved exile and played it hundred of times in 93/94, but drifted away after whip smart, like i'd hit my limit. was just thinking that i need to go back and spend some time with WCSE.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 07:10 (six years ago) Permalink

listening to WCSE now, sounding good! kinda trippy/murky, but the songwriting is ace. plus downloaded legally purchased a couple discs worth of demos & outtakes, looking forward to that...

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 07:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Girly Sound stuff...?

if hongroes could fly this place would be a geirport (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 07:45 (six years ago) Permalink

nah, it's apparently a 30-track boildown of 7 tapes worth of whitechocolatespaceegg demos that some hardcore fan bought off a guy who'd inherited them somehow. has a super warbly, lo-fi voice & gtr demo of "rocket boy"! (listened to that first cuz i couldn't wait.)

four tracks in, WCSE is shaping up beautifully. criminal to have ignored it for so long.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 07:51 (six years ago) Permalink

WCSE is almost a masterpiece. "Almost" because it starts with one of her most misguided productions and has two or three non-entities.

I'd rank her albums:

Guyville
WCSE
Liz Phair
Whipsmart

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:32 (six years ago) Permalink

I thought the title track was okay, not on the level of Whip Smart/Rocket Boy/Divorce Song/Fuck and Run/Explain it to Me*, but I wouldn't call it 'misguided' at all...

*lining up those five songs like that = WOW!!! a million "Why Can't I"s + H.W.C. can't take those career highs away from her...

schizophrenics think I'm hilarious (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:35 (six years ago) Permalink

"misguided" insofar as the arrangement/mixing choices go kerplooey.

btw I ravaged this album in my college newspaper: I was one of those fools who thought the expensive production was a mistake (this from a guy who's adored pop forever and whose favorite single that year was "Torn"). When I compiled a top ten at the end of the year, I made sure to wear a hairshirt.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:39 (six years ago) Permalink

i love the title track! it's only towards the end of the album that i think it begins to taper off and repeat itself. no problem w the first 10 tracks (give or take). maybe don't need "baby got going", i dunno...

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:42 (six years ago) Permalink

"Shitloads of Money" and "Girls Room" are lovely.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Guys, is "Bollywood" really THAT bad? bcz I say no

jj n° fad (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:46 (six years ago) Permalink

I remember Matador being very surprised at the sales drop-off of WCSE from her previous efforts.

it's time for the fish in the perculator (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:49 (six years ago) Permalink

listening to it ("whitechocolatespaceegg") right now. LOVE the song & production, so dreamy & spaced out, then *boom* this massive and oddly downbeat tower of a chorus just explodes up and out of it. "every hollow has its favorite sound" <3<3<3

and, see, "shitloads of money" bugs me for some reason. melody doesn't move me, and for once, the limitations of her voice hold the song back. "girls room" might be the most beautiful thing on WCSE tho.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:50 (six years ago) Permalink

i've only heard the album 3 times in less than 24 hours, but i got opinions 4 U

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:51 (six years ago) Permalink

"Go On Ahead" and "Polyester Bride" are my kind "mature" rock and roll.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:52 (six years ago) Permalink

lol I've heard two songs once each, but Alfred u r eight shades of RONGNESS!

(title-track's dreamy spaced out vibe kinda reminds me of that twangy guitar sound that they always played whenever Sam's ladder appeared at MJH's bedroom window in "Clarissa Explains It All")

schizophrenics think I'm hilarious (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:55 (six years ago) Permalink

I'll relisten cuz y'all said so, but from my recollection I disliked how the mooncalf sentiments of the lyrics (nothing wrong with songs to/for babies, but this one is dopey) finds an aural correlative.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:57 (six years ago) Permalink

imagining an alternate reality where Liz became more mooncalf, hooked up w/ Isobel Sollenberger and decided to hitchhike cross country while also selling weed...

schizophrenics think I'm hilarious (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 19:59 (six years ago) Permalink

would buy

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:02 (six years ago) Permalink

in retrospect, alfred basically OTM, though we have our differences. co-sign on "polyester bride" and "go on ahead", two of the strongest songs on the album (listen to those, drugs!)

i guess the album is a bit overlong, its only real defect, imo. maybe liz felt she had to keep proving that she had songs to burn in the wake of exile's success? hard to say, but even with some redundancy, WCSE feels like a late-20th-century classic, fit to hold its own with the likes of elvis costello and bruce springsteen in the literate rock songwriting sweepstakes.

my favorites:

Whitechocolatespaceegg
Big Tall Man
Perfect World
Johnny Feelgood
Polyester Bride (yeah, all of the 1st 5 tracks)
Uncle Alvarez
Go On Ahead
Ride
What Makes You Happy
Girl's Room

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 20:25 (six years ago) Permalink

okay, so i played a few tracks off this for a musically-inclined friend last night, and he wasn't all that into it. i mean, he kinda dug some songs, but wasn't blown away. and it made me reevaluate, or at least think about why WCSE works for me.

one of the things that really bugged him was the last line of the "polyester bride" chorus: "do you wanna flap your wings and fly away from here?" i could see where he was coming from. it's the sort of line that we don't ordinarily allow, delivered without semblance of edge or irony, at the very least risking schmaltz. it's not indie, not punk, insufficiently cynical to read as "smart" by those standards. but it works for me - i accept that she's coming from a different place, no longer the self-lacerating cynic observing her own mistakes from the sidelines with a cigarette and a sneer. that the album occasionally reminds me of 10,000 maniacs doesn't strike me as a bad thing.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Thursday, 5 May 2011 21:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Johnny Feelgood
Uncle Alvarez
What Makes You Happy

These are all-time classics imo

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Friday, 6 May 2011 04:12 (six years ago) Permalink

alvarez & WCSE title track are in my top 5 phair

pitch defect (electricsound), Friday, 6 May 2011 04:53 (six years ago) Permalink

one of the things that really bugged him was the last line of the "polyester bride" chorus: "do you wanna flap your wings and fly away from here?" i could see where he was coming from. it's the sort of line that we don't ordinarily allow, delivered without semblance of edge or irony, at the very least risking schmaltz. it's not indie, not punk, insufficiently cynical to read as "smart" by those standards.

But the whole song, especially the chorus, builds to that line, and note how her voice rises (and cracks) on the "away from here" line – all well done.

Tell him to leave this indie/punk nonsense, especially since cynicism is basically disillusioned romanticism ;)

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2011 12:50 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, no, i mean OTM. i love the song. it's nowhere near so one-dimensional as that line looks in isolation. but it's always weird & disappointing to share something you like with someone who doesn't...

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 6 May 2011 15:08 (six years ago) Permalink

haven't really listened to Whitechocolatespaceegg since it came out (thought it was decent but uneven at the time) but listened to a few tracks because of this thread. really disliked uncle alvarez and polyester bride at the time so its weird to see how much y'all dig those songs

buzza, Friday, 6 May 2011 16:18 (six years ago) Permalink

those are the two whose sensibilities are closest to EIG.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2011 16:20 (six years ago) Permalink

hmmm, don't really get that

buzza, Friday, 6 May 2011 16:25 (six years ago) Permalink

They are. Listen past the gloss and you get more story-songs about a woman, now approaching thirty, making do.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2011 16:29 (six years ago) Permalink

That's why I love WCSE. Where Whipsmart was a treading-water record, this one sounds like the natural sequel to Guyville.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2011 16:30 (six years ago) Permalink

i thought What Makes You Happy did that a lot better. i remember at the time that half the record was like exile part II and the other half was more like a AAA move, hence the uneven quality. also, didn't she labor over this for like 5 years with multiple producers? you can sorta hear the indecision.

buzza, Friday, 6 May 2011 16:35 (six years ago) Permalink

how are you defining "AAA move" – sonically, philosophically? The whole thing sonically is an AAA, which almost twelve years later strikes me as revolutionary as Butch Vig's production for Nevermind. I remember arguing with fans at the time (mostly guys, of course) who thought the sonic spritz was a betrayal or something.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2011 16:37 (six years ago) Permalink

*is an AAA move

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2011 16:37 (six years ago) Permalink

those are the two whose sensibilities are closest to EIG.

― ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, May 6, 2011 9:20 AM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

hmmm, don't really get that

― buzza, Friday, May 6, 2011 9:25 AM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark

yeah, honestly, i dunno about that, either. both songs are distinct from EIG in the manner suggested by the allmusic review i quoted earlier: basically, they lack guyville's angsty, scab-picking immediacy. this places more emphasis on songwriting as craft and (perhaps) increases the sense of distance between artist and subject, artist and audience. i found fault with that review only in that it casts this difference as a failure to be "real", which seems silly, but i won't deny the existence of substantial differences in phair's creative POV on WCSE. when we want to praise this kind of thing, we describe it in terms of maturity and artistic sophistication...

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 6 May 2011 16:40 (six years ago) Permalink

See, I detected distance between artist and audience on EIG too! Those songs had the shape and resolutions of narratives: short stories, if you like.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2011 16:41 (six years ago) Permalink

some of the record sounds like brad wood, some of it sounds like scot litt. i vaguely remember hearing that she brought in wood kinda late because she wasn't sure about the new direction. lyrically/thematically the record has a lot of a "i'm a single mom in her thirties dealing with lyfe" feel, but not all of it.

buzza, Friday, 6 May 2011 16:45 (six years ago) Permalink

I'll concede that, sure. But even the Brad Wood stuff sounds cleaner sonically.

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2011 16:47 (six years ago) Permalink

See, I detected distance between artist and audience on EIG too! Those songs had the shape and resolutions of narratives: short stories, if you like.

― ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, May 6, 2011 9:41 AM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark

i agree entirely, but guyville generates the impression that it isn't so much the product of dispassionate craft, but of immediate emotional/life experience. it's of a piece, wholly focused on this girl in this moment, and that perhaps leads us to imagine that its craft exists in service of "the truth" rather than "the story". WCSE is more wide-ranging and spends less time cultivating a cool image of its author.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 6 May 2011 16:55 (six years ago) Permalink

...story-songs about a woman, now approaching thirty, making do.

...That's why I love WCSE.

― ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, May 6, 2011 9:30 AM (10 minutes ago) Bookmark

chopping your thoughts to bits, alfred, but

OTM, guyville comparisons aside, that's exactly what i like best about WCSE

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 6 May 2011 16:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Let's be clear: I've never bothered with "confessional" tags because I don't know what it means or how to judge the material! I've always assumed that artists lie and embroider. I ask rhetorically: what makes EIG's skeletal, electric rhythm strum more "confessional" than WCSE's full-bodied sound?

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2011 17:03 (six years ago) Permalink

nothing, objectively. but i can stand back at some distance and observe my own reactions to art (and also/especially the reactions of others), and from that begin to draw conclusions about how the art generates its subtle effects. with that in mind, i know that a lot of people did and perhaps still do perceive and relate to something "cool" and "real" in EIG - whether or not that thing actually exists. to my mind, it's a combination of the consistent home-recording sonics, phair's authorial voice (vulnerable wiseass), and the close focus on a single 1st person story.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 6 May 2011 17:09 (six years ago) Permalink

rhetorically, the much-discussed "lo-fi" production invokes the artless neophyte in her bedroom, recording alone with whatever's at hand because she's got to get this stuff out. less "confessional" than diaristic imo, but that's not important right now. that it's an obvious pose has always been part of that record's magic for me.

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Friday, 6 May 2011 17:09 (six years ago) Permalink

i mean, take "uncle alvarez" by way of contrast. there's no suggestion that it was recorded "at home", and authorial myth-building is sacrificed in favor of engagement with the stories of others. it's a discrete snapshot unrelated to any overarching, supposedly confessional narrative.

can's say the same of "polyester bride", of course, but even there, the expansive sonics and reduced cynicism undercut the portrait of the artist that EIG worked so hard to build.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 6 May 2011 17:18 (six years ago) Permalink

or, yeah, what roger said...

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Friday, 6 May 2011 17:18 (six years ago) Permalink

and btw fwiw imo tbh WCSE does feel less immediate than Exile! the voice is woman in LA, not a girl in Chicago, and even in the midst of Johnny Feelgood obsession, there's a witnessing in place of Exile's experiencing. And you're OTM that part of this has to do with age. The standpoint is actually pretty close to what you get in mid-period Aimee Mann ("you've danced this dance enough to know better by now, but here you go again"), but where Mann would do resignation and agonbite of inwit, Phair goes for a kind of sympathetic facepalm. Which, when it works, hits as hard as e.g. "i want a boyfriend"...

I mean,

mom, i'm sending you this photograph
i swear this one is gonna last
and all those other bastards were only practice

just slays.

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Friday, 6 May 2011 17:21 (six years ago) Permalink

"Shitloads of Money" and "Girls School" point nicely towards the next album too, don't they?

(btw, roger, you're wanted in the Tom Petty poll I just started)

ginny thomas and tonic (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 May 2011 17:23 (six years ago) Permalink

"runaway trains"

what's the poll?

all yoga attacks are fire based (rogermexico.), Friday, 6 May 2011 17:25 (six years ago) Permalink

I've given most of this a listen now, and so far I like the obviously good ones: Johnny Feelgood, Polyester Bride, Uncle Alvarez, Headache. "Perfect World" is good too. Aimee Mann comparison otm; Liz's Lovesexy?

Which Pitchfork writer can eat a bag of dicks? Stay tuned...

excitebikable boy (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 12 May 2011 22:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Can someone explain their love of "Uncle Alvarez"? It's one of the few on WCSE that I've never really warmed to, and it bugs me that I can't figure out why. Maybe it sounds a little too coffee-shop, musically, even though I think it's lyrically ace.

As for this poll...a few days before my 30th bday I had this weird urge to listen to EiG, perhaps subconsciously embracing music of adolescence. I started thinking that, pre-age 28, I would've said "Fuck and Run" no question, but now I think it's clearly "Divorce Song."

I haven't been able to stop listening to EiG since, and one thing that struck me is how much I love the sound of the guitars on it. Her playing was really particular and idiosyncratic; she sounds like she's playing almost-chords, there's something off-kilter and maybe inarticulate but also confident about her strums that plays off the words so well. It's kind of unexplainable, the effect those sounds have. They really do sound like my own post-college mid-twenties flailing about.

trippin lookin at my portfolio (billy), Friday, 13 May 2011 00:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Maybe it sounds a little too coffee-shop, musically

i guess i don't see this as an inherently bad thing, and as you say, the lyrics are great (catchy tune, too)

always have time for the crystalline entity (contenderizer), Friday, 13 May 2011 00:28 (six years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

I've seriously kept billy's post bookmarked for the better part of a year thinking I will eventually be able to say something to articulate why "Uncle Alvarez" is great. Great lyrics, coffee-shop yeah, but there's a real sympathy to it which I think is nice to find. The premise is a <i>little</i> cornball, like something you would come up with as an assignment for creative writing class, but the little moments pay off. "It's hard to believe you were once a beautiful dancer."

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 06:02 (five years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

I keep telling myself to start downloading homemade YouTubes I love before they're pulled. The "Divorce Song" video I posted upthread is gone, there was a fantastic one for Yo La Tengo's "Satellite" that's gone, ditto one for Hot Chip's "The Warning."

clemenza, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 02:02 (one month ago) Permalink

i wish i'd saved that "divorce song" video too. i watched it so many times it feels inseparable from the song itself to me.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 02:04 (one month ago) Permalink

imagining an alternate reality where Liz became more mooncalf, hooked up w/ Isobel Sollenberger and decided to hitchhike cross country while also selling weed...

― schizophrenics think I'm hilarious (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, May 4, 2011 2:59 PM (five years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 02:06 (one month ago) Permalink

A number of years back, I was so excited to see 'Fuck and Run' on a karaoke playlist that I signed up without even thinking, and it wasn't until a verse or so in that I started to remember the lyrics in their entirety. I was flattered by the positive attention I inadvertently drew to my str8 self at the gay bar that night.

Break the meat into the pineapples and pat them (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 03:44 (one month ago) Permalink


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