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Liz Phair — What Makes You Happy
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Released: 1998
Length: 3:27
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But don't worry, Mom
I met him in a restaurant
And all this time, I've been getting to know him

He's got an ex-wife in Pasadena
And sometimes she's a mess
To deal with
But mostly, we've been living here uninjured

There's a silence, and she says,
"Listen here, Young Lady
All that matters is what makes you happy
But you leave this house knowing my opinion won't
Make you love me if you don't care to"

I'm sending you this photograph
I swear this one is gonna last
And all those other bastards were only practice
I feel the sun on my back
I smell the earth in my skin
I see the sky above me like a
Full recovery

"Listen here, Young Lady
All that matters is what makes you happy
But you leave this house knowing my opinion won't
Make a difference if you're not ready" (2x)
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This song would be so much better if the artist could sing. Or write. Or play a guitar. The fact is, the artist came from a rich Wilmette family and had the economic resources to throw at the Double Door and a studio until the artist had a recording contract.
 Shmelo wrote:
This song is unmitigated shit.

 
I take it she met you in a restaurant and you have an ex in Pasadena. Sorry things didn't work out.
This song is unmitigated shit.
There's a silence, and she says:

"Listen here young lady
All that matters is what makes you happy..."

I feel the sun on my back
I smell the earth in my skin
I see the sky above me like a full recovery
It seems there's a bit more sexism on this thread than I usually see.

Thread summary-

Liz Phair (reminds/annoys/titllates) me like:

Tori
Kate
Alanis
Madonna
Ani
Fiona

Recognize artists for their art, not their junk. 
Her song Table for One is very good, too.  Always have liked her music.
i know, i know, i know..... falling in love with a hot female singer is SOOOO cliched......... so shoot me, alright?
Love this chick Very Deeply.
Crazy hot wild woman music.
 Byronape wrote:
While I applaud Liz for not falling into the over-sexualized pop star routine in order to sell albums, I just have never liked her music.  It's to much bubble gum pop for me.  Maybe I have just not heard enough of her stuff, but what I have heard has never hit with me.
 
"Not falling into the over-sexualized pop star routine in order to sell albums"?!?  
To quote Bender, *that* activates my hilarity unit!  Did not not hear about the reinvented Liz a few years ago, when she openly admitted in interviews that she had made peace with using her sexiness to sell albums, including gracing her a album cover as a sex-kitten with a strategically-placed guitar?
Finally some rock and roll on RP!
While I applaud Liz for not falling into the over-sexualized pop star routine in order to sell albums, I just have never liked her music.  It's to much bubble gum pop for me.  Maybe I have just not heard enough of her stuff, but what I have heard has never hit with me.
love this album!
 TJS wrote:
This is my favorite LP album.
 
same. love it from start to finish.
......No Thanks. Never liked her before, surely less now!
This is my favorite LP album.
 shakitten wrote:
Wow. Haven't heard Liz in a long time. Didn't miss her.
 
i tell you what, this girl is scary
Wow. Haven't heard Liz in a long time. Didn't miss her.
I'm outta here.  
 treatment_bound wrote:
Once again, RP is ignoring an album that put a specific artist "on the map".  Why aren't there any songs from



here?
  Lots of potty mouth on that one? {#Mrgreen}


 SchoepTone wrote:
I hear a bit of Madonna in there as well. Anyone else?
 
She would kick Madonna a**, even the overly muscle Madonna.

 NO
I hear a bit of Madonna in there as well. Anyone else?
 



But mom, I'm sending you this photograph 
I swear this one is going to last 
And all those other bastards were only practice 



I hear a bit of Madonna in there as well. Anyone else?


 ziggytrix wrote:

So you're saying it isn't a phair comparison? {#Rolleyes}
 
That's funny sh*t! {#Lol}
 drife wrote:
Liz Phair blows, and that ain't a good thing. She belongs in the same dungeon as Ani Defranco.
 
I'd love to be stuck in that dungeon . . .
Once again, RP is ignoring an album that put a specific artist "on the map".  Why aren't there any songs from



here?
nice 90's flavor
Johnny Feelgood is my fab, But this is good.
 Eric_Denison wrote:
Liz Phair... who woulda thought I'd like Liz Phair.  Not bad at all!
  That's pretty much what my brain did a second ago!


 dogpound wrote:
She paved the way for Alainis and Avril, and those gals dropped the ball.

Please, they're not even on the same court.

 
So you're saying it isn't a phair comparison? {#Rolleyes}
 Moak wrote:
{#Ask}  Hmmmm, loaded question
Anyway, 'Guyville' seems to be the accepted classic, but I think this album is better in a lot of ways.



 

For what it's worth I like it better than Guyville...
She paved the way for Alainis and Avril, and those gals dropped the ball.

Please, they're not even on the same court.

Liz Phair blows, and that ain't a good thing. She belongs in the same dungeon as Ani Defranco.
{#Ask}  Hmmmm, loaded question
Anyway, 'Guyville' seems to be the accepted classic, but I think this album is better in a lot of ways.



I think this was the last good song she's written. Makes me just want to jump around the house.
 sirdroseph wrote:
Musically......meh, but ohhhhh what I would do with her!!!{#Hearteyes}
 
Assuming, of course, that she'd allow herself to be within ten miles of you if she knew the way your brain works. {#Lol}
Listen to your mum.
 dmax wrote:
Heh. This is a girl who's screwed up too many times ("I swear / all those other bastards were only practice") and is trying - unsuccessfully - to reassure her mom. "There's a silence...and she says 'Listen here young lady...'"
Her mom has given up on her ne'er do well daughter. I think Phair can't sing worth poop (which is somewhat endearing, like Dylan) but writes pretty complex songs, with a reasonably gritty quality to them. She paved the way for Alainis and Avril, and those gals dropped the ball.
 
I agree completely with this.

Phair is a mostly brilliant songwriter. 

"Listen here young lady
All that matter is what makes you happy
But you leave this house knowing my opinion
won't make you love me if you don't care to."
—-
"I feel the sun on my back
I smell the earth in my skin
I see the sky above me like a full recovery"

Musically......meh, but ohhhhh what I would do with her!!!{#Hearteyes}
I have her first demo album.... hearing this here... I smile
Hey Bill! Could you play something else from Liz? I've only heard this, as far as I know. Am I the only one who wakes up wearing different clothes, with a plane ticket in my pocket from a place I've never been? Happened twice last week...{#Think}
 Cruzan wrote:
what "would make me happy" would be to not have to hear this American Idol type fluff on my favorite Internet radio station ;-)
 

Please tell me you are not serious.
 lily34 wrote:


same.
 
I agree. This is a really good album. Does she have any other ones?
what "would make me happy" would be to not have to hear this American Idol type fluff on my favorite Internet radio station ;-)
...transformers make me happy, so does robotech and the marvel superheroes roleplaying game...

...i haven't played with any of them in over twenty years, though...
 Eric_Denison wrote:
Liz Phair... who woulda thought I'd like Liz Phair.  Not bad at all!
Yeah, this album is way, way more accessible than her early stuff. Personally, it's my favorite of her output.

I am sure my teenage daughter would like it {#Rolleyes} {#Mrgreen}

Such a great debut album and then...this!



Liz Phair... who woulda thought I'd like Liz Phair.  Not bad at all!
 Middleton wrote:
This cd is in my Top 5 for road-tripping, and sounds better and better the louder you turn up the volume.  It has successfully kept me awake for multiple late-night/all-night drives. 

{#Jump}

 

same.
Thanks, Bill....I needed that.  {#Dancingbanana}
 kyleminor wrote:
I think I finally figured out where Madonna got her "new" sound.
 
wow .. excellent connection comment

Shrill.
what Liz Phair needs
This cd is in my Top 5 for road-tripping, and sounds better and better the louder you turn up the volume.  It has successfully kept me awake for multiple late-night/all-night drives. 

{#Jump}

 Papernapkin wrote:
Sounds like a teeny bopper tune.
  But a good teenybopper tune I think


There is some good music on this album. Never really liked Liz until someone gave me this cd. Now I like her a lot
Sounds like a teeny bopper tune.
 toterola wrote:
I'm sorry, but I never "got" Liz Phair. She just seems really... mediocre to me. Like someone recorded by a music company in reaction to someone else.

But, different strokes, huh? {#Neutral}
 
This is because, according to your place of origin, you have not yet arrived.  Patience, my friend, patience...

 enidualc wrote:
ahhhh lizzzzz. exactly what i needed to hear in this exact moment! .
 
I see you're from Guyville, were you exiled?  :o)


"Listen here, young lady, all that matters is what makes you happy": sounds like my mom!  Liz Phair's older stuff ROCKS the house.  Ahhhh, that feels good!
makes me happy!
I think I finally figured out where Madonna got her "new" sound.
I'm sorry, but I never "got" Liz Phair. She just seems really... mediocre to me. Like someone recorded by a music company in reaction to someone else.

But, different strokes, huh? {#Neutral}

If Liz Phair is happy then I am too.  Woot!


Her ''Exhile in Guyville'' is being re-released in a few days. Great album. Liz rules. Wish she'd do some new stuff.
what makes me happy? hear your voice, liz. thank you.
lizy borden with an ax.... space eggs? ok :-)
Never heard this song but strangely enough I had white chocolate space eggs for breakfast.
ahhhh lizzzzz. exactly what i needed to hear in this exact moment! .
this is as good as it's gonna get from Lil Lizzie
Always liked this song. 7.
Zing! I wake up!
Garbaj
I always liked Liz Phair & her music..but she can't really sing all that well (if that makes any sense)... The only song I really remember off this album is the single "Polyester Bride", and RP hasn't played it since 2001? I guess a little Liz lasts a long time.
Liz is one white hot woman; she's gut the rare courage to be sexually free and expressive and wild of mind. So, so rare in american culture. A true free spirit.
I love Liz Phair.
PULLLLEEEEAAAASEEEEEE - THIS IS HORRIBLE!!!!! :frustrated: :puke:
Sounds like ass.
drH wrote:
What a nobel sentiment: All that matters is what makes you happy. Geez. :rolleyes:
Heh. This is a girl who's screwed up too many times ("I swear / all those other bastards were only practice") and is trying - unsuccessfully - to reassure her mom. "There's a silence...and she says 'Listen here young lady...'" Her mom has given up on her ne'er do well daughter. I think Phair can't sing worth poop (which is somewhat endearing, like Dylan) but writes pretty complex songs, with a reasonably gritty quality to them. She paved the way for Alainis and Avril, and those gals dropped the ball.
my girl! :notworthy:
steeler wrote:
Ah, the dirty version of Sheryl Crow. :wink:
ha! sheryl crow wishes!
Excellent advice, hope I do as well by my children when I have them.
queenjill wrote:
I'm not sure I'd agree that EIG was "hyping sex to 14 year old girls." The whole album is about how unsatisfying relationships are, about the emptiness and loneliness that she was feeling, and her dissatisfaction with the casual sex lifestyle she seemed to be living at the time (or at least was singing about). I suppose if you were a 14 year old girl listening to it, you might not "get" that, though.
I agree. I think she is de-hyping sex. "I want a boyfriend" and all those creepy wonderful songs really speaks to those 14-40 year olds who have had botched up sexual experiences time and time again.
steeler wrote:
Ah, the dirty version of Sheryl Crow. :wink:
Yes, well put! I always thought of her with all the hip angry of Ani DiFranco bit in a sexy Hetero sort of way. :clap: :clap:
bokey wrote:
You can be the one to save her.YOU will never wind up being one of "those bastards".Because you're ,you know,different.(until she starts projecting all her all her loser ex's mistakes on you and you find she doesn't get that her Mom is a psycho who made her nuts )
You speak from experience, don'cha? :whipit:
Love her voice! gimme some supernova please :) :daisy:
Sell-out or whatever you want to say, I still like her music. :music:
Ah, the dirty version of Sheryl Crow. :wink:
I love this song!! Play it again.
i love this song, but everything after this album is just such a disaster :cry:
"This one is going to last and all those other bastards were only practice" ---heres your chance guys. You can be the one to save her. YOU will never wind up being one of "those bastards". Because you're ,you know,different. (until she starts projecting all her loser ex-mistakes on you and you find her Mom is a psycho who made her nuts ) I like this song and the perspective it's written from.
mmmmmmmmm my girl liz :good-vibes:
tony620d wrote:
you cant spell oxymoron with 'moron'
When implying that someone else is a moron you might try to remember an apostrophe to make your contraction correct. Also, did you mean to say "without" rather than "with"?
fncll wrote:
Ahh... love the pre-sellout Liz...
Wouldn't the purists among us say everything after "Exile in Guyville" is post-sellout?
queenjill wrote:
I'm not sure I'd agree that EIG was "hyping sex to 14 year old girls." The whole album is about how unsatisfying relationships are, about the emptiness and loneliness that she was feeling, and her dissatisfaction with the casual sex lifestyle she seemed to be living at the time (or at least was singing about). I suppose if you were a 14 year old girl listening to it, you might not "get" that, though.
the song "flower" on EIG does not make sex seem unsatisfying and when I saw her as a teen at very small venues she was pretty sexual - portraying her sexuality in a very postitive fashion. I guess "hyping" it may be the wrong phrase but I was reflecting some other commentor's sentiment. :)
Wow! I haven't heard this song for a zillion years! It seemed to be a mix tape fav with all my pals back in the day... I thought LP had been eavesdropping on my phone calls with my mom when I heard this the first time.
I really like this whole album. Course, I'm one of those who has enjoyed her more, the more mainstream she's gotten.
Liz is just a ball of sex waiting to explode. She has my vote.
Thought I was listening to Madonna for a second.
hoooooooohummmmmmmmmmm
Can you dumb the lyrics down anymore?
I like listening to this song.
dmax wrote:
Heh. This is a girl who's screwed up too many times ("I swear / all those other bastards were only practice") and is trying - unsuccessfully - to reassure her mom. "There's a silence...and she says 'Listen here young lady...'" Her mom has given up on her ne'er do well daughter. I think Phair can't sing worth poop (which is somewhat endearing, like Dylan) but writes pretty complex songs, with a reasonably gritty quality to them. She paved the way for Alainis and Avril, and those gals dropped the ball.
Word.
At least she doesn't whine and bitch like Aimee Mann, Aimee does the same damn song over and over lately, Liz mixes it up.
mrrmt wrote:
actually, she's always been hyping sex to 14 year old girls. in the early 90s when exile in guyville was released i was 14ish and stunned, fascinated by the intense sexual content. BUT, it was far more low key indie than her new stuff, in which the sex feels FAR less real and way more manufactured/produced for a reaction.
I'm not sure I'd agree that EIG was "hyping sex to 14 year old girls." The whole album is about how unsatisfying relationships are, about the emptiness and loneliness that she was feeling, and her dissatisfaction with the casual sex lifestyle she seemed to be living at the time (or at least was singing about). I suppose if you were a 14 year old girl listening to it, you might not "get" that, though.
TheLoneIguana wrote:
or monotony without 'tony'.
good one! :high-five:
tony620d wrote:
you cant spell oxymoron with 'moron'
or monotony without 'tony'.
marktberry wrote:
Um, she's married.
but the song's about being single is it not?
Um, she's married. daveesh wrote:
it must be tough to be young, hot and single. poor liz!
"I see the sky above me like a full recovery..." This whole album is amazing.
it must be tough to be young, hot and single. poor liz!
GaryG wrote:
This is from back when she wasn't hyping sex to 14 year old girls.
actually, she's always been hyping sex to 14 year old girls. in the early 90s when exile in guyville was released i was 14ish and stunned, fascinated by the intense sexual content. BUT, it was far more low key indie than her new stuff, in which the sex feels FAR less real and way more manufactured/produced for a reaction.
Well, that was fun.
rah wrote:
it would be interesting to hear this followed by "boys better beware" by the dandy warhols
wow i was just listening to that while the execrable "Brick" Ben Folds was drearying up the RP!! excellent suggestion
it would be interesting to hear this followed by "boys better beware" by the dandy warhols
Ahh... love the pre-sellout Liz...
Aww, Liz. She's like an old friend.
This is from back when she wasn't hyping sex to 14 year old girls.
thewiseking wrote:
Now this is what a good pop song sounds like.
you cant spell oxymoron with 'moron'