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Liz Phair Pens Wall Street Journal Editorial On Gen X Hypocrisy

Before the 21st birthday Matador party in Vegas this weekend Liz Phair has penned an excellent column for the Wall Street Journal discussing the rise of 90s nostalgia in indie rock that's arguably better than her last three albums combined.


Noting that "many of the bands on the label and Matador staffers themselves came from well-educated, upper middle class backgrounds," Phair said the label was intent on sticking it to the mainstream media using "late-stage Beatles malaise" in the form of preposterous assertions, intentionally vague and outlandish bios, with the hopes of renewing the focus on songs that had been lacking in publications like the all Street Journal since the 60s, commenting, "But forgive me, I sound like a member of a bygone generation, one of those bewhiskered hippies from the LSD era, bemoaning the straying spotlight and nostalgic for the past. Which I am." Phairs honesty has to be appreciated, and while it's still a concert, she notes that for the artists and label it's more like a high school reunion.


For music fans who came to college age after the 1990s, it's been a reoccurring theme to see 90s bands, be it the grunge stars who went platinum, the indie stars who defied them, and every white kid in between, mirror the nostalgia, burnout and inability to cope with changing music culture that is no less egregious than the things grunge-era music fans hated their parents for (see: Greenberg, Pavement backlash). Now, there's an icon from that era who is echoing that sentiment, acknlowedging her flaws, and consigning herself to them in an editorial in one the most mainstream media publications imaginable. This is a good thing.


[Wall Street Journal]

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Liz Phair

What a horrible headline. How old are you? You are certainly no GenXer. Go back to journalism school.


Not sure where in here Ethan claims to be a GenXer, but I will say that "ahhsouls" is a bold choice for a name there.

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I was 8 when Kurt Cobain died, and I didn't hear that name until 2 years later. I'll leave it at that.

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First off, as someone who was 12 when that Cobain died, I think you captured the time just fine, EStan. I know I drank my juicebox just a little slower that day. But that's just how us GenXers were. Playing Kickball, watching Singles, praying for puberty, sitting at Starbucks.

Secondly, I can definitely say that my favorite day of journalism school was when we learned about transitions to explain the logical connections between sentences, but I don't remember there being an "ahhsouls" on the role.

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