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Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville album

Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville album
  • Performer Liz Phair
  • Title Exile In Guyville
  • Date of release 1999
  • Country US
  • Style Lo-Fi, Indie Rock
  • Other formats MPC ADX MP1 DTS APE MMF MPC
  • Genre Rock
  • Size MP3 1788 mb
  • Size FLAC 1383 mb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 832

Exile in Guyville is the debut album by American indie rock singer-songwriter Liz Phair. It was released in June 1993 to widespread critical and commercial success, and it was ranked at 327 by Rolling Stone in its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. As of July 2010, the album had sold 491,000 copies. The album is considered a landmark album that changed indie music entirely by paving the way for more female singer/songwriters like Fiona Apple and Cat Power.

Exile in Guyville is indie rocker Liz Phair’s debut studio album, released in June 1993 by Matador Records. The album, which Phair jokingly said was a response album to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main S. mocks sexism and finds Phair singing about sex from a point of view that was previously explored only by male singers. The album won acclaim from critics, and is still considered by many critics to be one of the best albums of the ‘90s (and of all time). Exile in Guyville Q&A.

If Exile in Guyville is shockingly assured and fully formed for a debut album, there are a number of reasons why. Most prominent of these is that many of the songs were initially essayed on Liz Phair's homemade cassette Girlysound, which means that the songs are essentially the cream of the crop from an exceptionally talented songwriter

Twenty-five years ago, Liz Phair came up with an interesting concept for her debut album: She would record a song-by-song reply to the Rolling Stones’ classic 1972 double LP Exile on Main St. Eighteen songs later, she had the cheekily titled Exile in Guyville, a brash, candid and swaggering album that became a key addition to the alternative-rock canon. It’s a testament to Guyville‘s own brilliance and influence that the album is hardly remembered for its Stones-y origins. I had a lot to say on the subject matter they put forth, Phair tells Rolling Stone

Notables: 6' 1" Help Me Mary Never Said Fuck and Run Divorce Song Flower Stratford-On-Guy. This is an exceptional feat, especially for an album containing 18 tracks. Exile in Guyville also has a fresh feel to it that is lacking in many of her successors in the female singer/songwriter realm. It is almost an essential album for everyone.

In 1993, Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville was the album of choice for a certain cohort of angsty young women. It was a song-by-song response to Exile on Main S. the double LP by the Rolling Stones, which Ms. Phair considered the ultimate guy band. But it was also a reaction to Guyvilles everywhere: the male-dominated indie-rock scene she strived to be a part of; the boyfriend who said she could never make an album; and, for those of us listening, our own stand-ins.

Yes, Liz Phair-whose delicately anthemic album was a raw rejection of female powerlessness-felt afraid! But it would be a mistake to qualify Exile in Guyville as anything other than audacious. The album is often described as a song-by-song rebuttal to the Rolling Stones’s Exile on Main Street, but that’s only part of the story. Phair didn’t just want to make a response to the Stones, she wanted to make an album that stood up to theirs. As she explains in the oral history: Liz: I thought, How do you learn to make an album? Learn from the best. So I asked somebody! I asked a man-a man who was.

Some critics contend that the album is not a clear or obvious song-by-song response, although Phair apparently sequenced her compositions in an attempt to match the song-list and pacing of the 1972 album. The album frequently appears on many critics' best-of lists. It was ranked 15 in Spin's "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005".

Exile In Guyville ‎(Cass, Album, Club). Matador, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. OLE 051-4, C103191. If there was ever a time to strike out - with lo-fi slacker style sex appeal - it was the year "Exile In Guyville" broke out. Packaged and delivered an indie darling right out the gate Liz Phair pulled it off on her plain speaking heart felt debut with the help of Brad Wood and Casey Rice. Dropping F-bombs and touching upon "heady subjects" in full view when women were afraid to (or told not to) there was something that felt honest and real here

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 6'1"
Guitar, Vocals – Liz PhairPercussion, Bass, Backing Vocals – Brad Wood
2 Help Me, Mary
Backing Vocals – Casey RiceDrums, Guitar [2nd] – Brad WoodGuitar, Vocals – Liz Phair
3 Glory
Guitar, Vocals – Liz PhairOrgan – Brad Wood
4 Dance Of The Seven Veils
Guitar, Vocals – Liz Phair
5 Never Said
Bass, Drums – Brad WoodGuitar, Vocals – Liz PhairLead Guitar – Casey Rice
6 Soap Star Joe
Backing Vocals – Tutti JacksonGuitar, Vocals – Liz PhairHarp – John Casey Awsumb*Snare [Left] – Brad WoodSnare [Right] – Casey Rice
7 Explain It To Me
Guitar, Vocals – Liz PhairSynthesizer, Bongos – Brad Wood
8 Canary
Piano, Vocals – Liz Phair
9 Mesmerizing
Guitar, Vocals – Liz PhairLead Guitar – Casey RiceOrgan, Maracas, Handclaps – Brad WoodPerformer [Snarl] – O*
10 Fuck And Run
Drums, Backing Vocals – Brad WoodGuitar, Vocals – Liz Phair
11 Girls! Girls! Girls!
Guitar, Vocals – Liz Phair
12 Divorce Song
Bass, Drums – Brad WoodGuitar, Vocals – Liz PhairHarp – John Casey Awsumb*Lead Guitar [Outro] – Casey Rice
13 Shatter
Cymbal – Casey RiceGuitar [Drone, Feedback] – Brad WoodGuitar, Vocals – Liz Phair
14 Flower
Guitar, Vocals – Liz Phair
15 Johnny Sunshine
Bass – Tony MarlottiDrums, Backing Vocals – Brad WoodGuitar, Vocals – Liz Phair
16 Gunshy
Guitar [Sick Guitar] – Brad WoodGuitar, Vocals – Liz Phair
17 Stratford-On-Guy
Drums – Brad WoodGuitar, Vocals – Liz Phair
18 Strange Loop
Bass, Drums – Brad WoodGuitar, Vocals – Liz Phair

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
  • Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
  • Glass Mastered At – EMI MFG.


  • Arranged By – Liz Phair
  • Design – Liz Phair, Mark O
  • Engineer – Brad Wood
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Casey Rice
  • Photography By [Back Cover Photo] – Mark Schime'*
  • Photography By [Cover Photo] – Nate Kato*
  • Producer – Brad Wood, Liz Phair
  • Written-By – Liz Phair


℗ © 1993 Capitol Records, Inc.

Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc.

Printed in U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 2435-23227-2 5
  • Barcode (String): 724352322725
  • Matrix / Runout: 724352322725
  • Matrix / Runout (Reversed): 1-1-5
  • Matrix / Runout: MASTERED BY EMI MFG.
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L043
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 1642

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
OLE 051-2 Liz Phair Exile In Guyville ‎(CD, Album) Matador OLE 051-2 US 1993
none Liz Phair Exile In Guyville (Re-Issue Advance CD) ‎(CDr) ATO Records none US 2008
OLE 051-4, C103191 Liz Phair Exile In Guyville ‎(Cass, Album, Club) Matador, BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. OLE 051-4, C103191 US 1993
OLE 051-2 Liz Phair Exile In Guyville ‎(CD, Album, Club) Matador OLE 051-2 US 1993
OLE 1114-2 Liz Phair Exile In Guyville ‎(CD, Album, RE, RP) Matador OLE 1114-2 US 2018