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Liz Phair: The Chicago Reader Takedown

A ’90s Woman wrote in: “as a companion to the new liz album, you must read the review by celebrated 90’s woman jessica hopper.”

So we did. And she was right. It’s a must-read. It’s WAY harsh, and I still haven’t listened to the album (because I’m scared I won’t like it),  but the article brings up a lot of stuff about the death of nostalgia, and also name drops Peaches and The Box.

Everyone go read it! Here’s an excerpt:

For much of the album, Phair’s lyrics are wrapped up in couldas: the career she coulda had, the money she coulda had, the acclaim she coulda won from the idiot marketplace. Not unlike recent albums from M.I.A. and Courtney Love, Funstyle is an iconic woman reckoning with her iconicness—detonating our idea of her, teasing out her awareness of her art as product, fucking with her place as cog in the corpo machine. But where Love and M.I.A. are sinister, Phair is sad.

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Defending Alanis Morissette’s Feminist Honor

"Angry White Female." That's pretty 90s.

So, Ada, I asked Marisa (our friend, fellow EMP panelist, my Sassy book co-author, and author of Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music) if she wanted to chat with me about the much-maligned Alanis Morissette.  There are lots of feminist Alanis-haters, and while Marisa and I very much like some of them, we are die-hard defenders of Alanis and her feminist importance. As far as I am concerned, she is a total 90swoman! For real! We thought maybe 90swoman readers would be interested in why. So here goes.

Kara: So there is a big discussion on tumblr about Jessica Hopper’s blog post on women and music. We know Jessica and are fans of her writing. And you were saying that you are totally with her for most of it.

Marisa: I was and am. I mean: “Feminism has to move on, salute new icons, be excited by the varieties of archetypes of women in music, be they Gaga or Nite Jewel, that are self-directed, self-produced, not operating under the shadow of a Svengali hand.” YES. I am right there with her.

Kara: TOTALLY. But there is one thing neither one of us agree with and it is…..

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