You Say It's Your Birthday: Liz Phair

Today is the birthday of singer Liz Phair (given name:

Elizabeth Clark Phair), who was born in 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut. Phair

became popular in the mid-1990s as a kind of indie sexbomb, scoring minor hits

with songs like "Never Said" and "Whip-Smart."

Phair debuted in 1993 with

Exile in Guyville, a critically-lauded first effort full of Phair's

frank sexuality, intelligence and simple rock sensibilities. The album was

Phair's track-by-track reaction to the Rolling Stone's classic Exile On Main

Street. She rode the edge between catchy pop, perceptive songwriting and

underground appeal, although her talent didn't carry over well in her early

performances since she suffered from severe stage fright.

Phair returned

to the airwaves in 1994 with Whip-Smart, a more introspective but less

well-received effort. In 1995 she released an EP of early demos called

Juvenalia, including several pre-Exile tracks and a cover of the

Vapors' "Turning Japanese." Phair is slated to release a new album later this

year that is being produced by R.E.M. producer Scott Litt.

Other

birthdays: Alexander Greaves (The Moonglows), Roy Ralph Estrada (Mothers Of

Invention), Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Jan Hammer, Michael Sembello, Pete

Shelly (Buzzcocks), Redman, Michael Anthony (Kolorz) and Leslie Howe (One 2

One). -- Beth Winegarner