News ·

Liz Phair disses label presidents who killed her career

It's been said before that corporate executives rise to the top of the business ladder as a means of compensating for personality flaws. Most recently, for instance, it was said by the queen of early '90s alternative rock. With the rerelease of Exile in Guyville on the horizon, Liz Phair has been hitting the interview circuit. It began with a hilarious interview with Village Voice writer Rob Trucks, and in an interview with J. Edward Keyes at Emusic, Phair held nothing back about record label presidents:

God it’s amazing who the fuck they hire to be presidents of major labels. I’ll never understand. I’ve met so many shitty presidents of record labels. How these assholes get promoted to the level that they reach… If I had fucking three million dollars a year to spend on someone, I think I’d fucking pick someone a lot better than that. Someone that had some leadership, or maybe some wisdom? I mean, God, what happened to leaders? Where did they go? What is with the dysfunction in seats of power? How do they get there? I was talking about this with my mom, and what we came up with is that they’re willing to do stuff other people aren’t. They are willing to stab in the back, or they don’t have particularly healthy personal lives. So they rise and rise because people who want to protect what they have tend to step out of the way when they see people like this.

Keep in mind this was the sore point of the Trucker interview.  When he confronted Phair over her dissappointing post-Guyville career, she lamented, "I haven't been able to be the orchestrator of my own career for a while." Some may put the blame on Phair for letting label heads convert her from a indie rock goddess to an adult alternative snoozefest, but to be fair, anyone who thought that was a good idea has no business earing three million dollars a year. [Daily Swarm]

The Shins - The Shins to self-release next album Joy Division, New Order New Order DVD to stream on Imeem tonight
Liz Phair

Today little Lizzie had a talk with her Mommy...
I don't know anybody who actually cares about Liz Phair. I'm sure they exist, and as sure as they probably live and breathe, I'm equally certain that these people care nothing about Music. If Liz had the passion, then she'd realize that a label boss is just a placard on a desk.


Liz Phair had a career?

"Exile In Guyville" is overrated as well.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

I was just listening to the 'Exile in Guyville' reissue and thought that it was still an amazing record. Stood the test of time for me.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

exile in guyville is a classic. who the hell are these asses not showing any respect for it? be gone. go listen to cat power or something. eig is ours.

wish liz realized that label bosses are idiots, indie or not. juliana hatfield has her own label, aimee mann does too, ani d as well. it's time for her to do that if she doesn't want her music bent in any way she finds offensive.


is it wrong for me to like her post EIG stuff more. i liked the pop stuff.


Find us on Facebook

Latest Comments