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.
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.
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