POTUSPosted byVogue Magazine
Dropped seemingly out nowhere during the summer of 1993, Exile in Guyville was Liz Phair’s album-length middle finger to male entitlement and rock misogyny. The mainstream music press spent as much time balking at the lyrical content—“I'm a real c--t in spring / You can rent me by the hour”—as it did heaping praise on Phair’s unorthodox arrangements and sneering vocal delivery. Conceived as a track-by-track response to The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street, Guyville quickly became a word-of-mouth sensation. It also set up wildly unbalanced expectations for the then-26-year old, a recent Oberlin grad who recorded the demos for Guyville on a dinky four track in her Chicago bedroom.