LIz Phair’s Girlysound
So last night i’m trying to explain what we do here at LET. I explained that, yes, we write posts that are hopefully informative, ranging from concert reviews to talking about the latest releases, but a lot of the brilliant prose i write really is just stream-of-consciousness, what-was-on-Terrible-Chris’-mind at the moment along with the soundtrack that plays in my head whilst discussing said things. It’s that kind of rambling that leads us to today’s post concerning Liz Phair’s Girlysound tapes. i don’t think we’re celebrating Chick Rock Week here, but check back tomorrow to see if i’m lying or not.
For those who have no idea what i’m talking about (which is not uncommon), allow me to elucidate. Way back in Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-One, Ms. Phair produced a series of three tapes under the name “Girlysound.” Said tapes essentially are the basis for damn near all of her albums to date, making up the majority of Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, whitechocolatespaceegg, and the Juvenila EP. Recorded in her bedroom on a four-track, rumor has it that the tapes originally were only handed out to a couple of people, but eventually made their way into the hands of the Powers That Be over at Matador Records, and the rest, as they say, is history. The original songs have since been released on a couple of different bootlegs, though the definitive source material appears to be lost, at least to the masses at large. The first two tapes, Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word To Ya Muthuh and Girls Girls Girls, can be found on-line in their entirety, but the complete third tape remains a thing of mystery, with only an incomplete track listing and a handful of songs from that available.
Why the hell should you care? Hey, back off, Jack. You care about everything i write about because i’m The Shit, so ’nuff said about that. Because i’m nice and willing to give you a further explaination, though i think it’s pretty interesting to listen to the process of a song’s creation, from its earliest versions to final completion. And this is about as prime an example as you’re going to find. So there’s that.