Liz Phair raps, goes 'Bollywood' on new song

Liz-PhairImage Credit: Rahav Segev/Retna LtdWhen Liz Phair, whip-smart heroine of ’90s alt, turned to Vh1 power balladry, sex kitten straddles and Banana Republic ads in the Aughts, we were mildly disappointed, if not exactly shocked. No more, the lo-fi idol of “F— and Run.”

Now, however, girl done straight-up lost her mind. She is rapping. About Ursa Minor. And call centers? I don’t know, but it’s all bhangra-y, and it’s called “Bollywood,” and the Exile in Guyville Liz Phair we once knew and loved has officially left the building.

Stream this big ball of crazy after the jump, and just … oh man. Maybe use the comments section to try to explain what it is exactly that is going on here.

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  • AJ

    Ever read “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, Leah?

    • Leah Greenblatt

      Not since high school! Would remembering it make this song more sensical?

  • Hellen

    Painful. Just awful. What the what?

    • Lahcen

      Gasteroplix I think most couples feel the need to sisatfy others when planning their wedding but would rather do something else! Its a tricky one. At the end of the day its your own wedding and you should be able to do what you want. A bit controversial! And lets not get into the amount of money you need to spend on doing what you didn’t want anyway!! Your crochet at the engagement party sounds brilliant! A lovely thing for people to remember you by!

  • Mike Sheridan

    The song is meant to be a ‘joke’ song saying F.U. to the record industry. There are 3 other ‘joke’ tunes of ‘Funstyle’. She hasn’t lost her mind at all. This is precisely the kind of reaction she wanted. They are REALLY funny ! The other seven songs on ‘Funstyle’ are basically classic Phair, Alot better than ANYTHING she put on the self titled or Somebody’s Miracle. To me anyway, this is the best and most original stuff she’s put out in over a decade. Get past ‘Bollywood’, it was meant as a JOKE! The album ‘Funstyle’ is definately worth $5.99 download. This is the return of the humorous, indie Liz. Well done!

    • RayRay

      I couldn’t agree more

    • Sarah

      Totally agree with you, Mike. Those that hate it just don’t “get” her. I loved it from the minute I heard it! Every song. And Bollywood is my favorite. Cracks me up every damn time. “Oh, it’s a bad day for the pool boy…” – Seriously, rock on, Liz!! Love her!

  • Joan

    It is a joke record, the whole album… but it still a WTF moment. I miss the Girlysound Liz, lo-fi pop at its best. It was pop, rock, honest, ironic and great. She had the looks, the hooks, the lyrics and it was fresh and original. She could have re-recorded all the tracks that were left and i would be happy now!

  • Josie

    Well. Um. Well.

    On the bright side, she and her collaborators did an amazing job scoring USA’s excellent series In Plain Sight this year. Maybe back to the composing? Because this? No. I miss the days of Exile in Guyville.

  • Philly22314

    Am I the only one who doesn’t completely hate this? I find it somewhat intriguing. I don’t get the idea that she’s trying to “rap” in any way.

    • Joan

      It’s not bad.. it is actually something. I miss the old Liz, but i must say the reason why i like her is because she is herself. She wanted to do a pop album and she did, she gone folkpop and now she made a FU album. Both the song and the album are not awful… it is interesting as a whole and maybe even clever in some spots. She is pushing buttons and making people talkin about her like she did in almost every year she had an album out

    • Paul

      I defend the album as well. She hasn’t sound this engaged with her own music since Whip-Smart, for one. I don’t know if the 3 (all admittedly weird) music-biz commentaries are reflections of her own insecurities or just filtered Zappa FU’s, but they’re interesting. As for the rest of the songs, “Miss September” is one of the most beautiful things she’s ever written.

    • jeremy Britton

      I totally “rap” to this song. It’s fun to try to sing to haha. all songs are excellent except I HATE the two male voices on U HATE IT. The song without them would be good

  • Dean

    Hi, Liz Phair’s publicist and/or agent!

  • Michael Compton

    Suck and Run?

  • superjoe79

    Its an effing joke. its irony. did you even listen to the lyrics?

  • ®ustymustdie

    meh… even as a comedy this is a fail.

  • LOL

    Liz FTW! (Listen closer).

  • Michael Ellis

    Bizarre music, but a pretty funny take on the music biz today for a 40-ish non-Gaga.

    But still wish she could give us an Exile in Guyville for the world of today.

  • marlon

    i actually love the whole album. bollywood is weird and not totally misleading but does not represent everything in the album. i love the dark, sinister vibe of “bang! bang!” and the rollicking “smoke” and the introspective folk of “You should know me”. the album as a whole is a total whatthefck. it’s not guyville but guyville liz is dead. you people should have known this since her self titled album.

    • maggie

      i love it. its her. there’s nothing insane about. shes just being liz. which is awesome

      • maggie

        sorry. meant for that to be its own commment. dont freak.

  • heej

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  • Rob

    I’m liking it a lot. She’s an incredible musician with like 20 years of good contacts for studio backup. If she’s feeling squirrely as she explores some new ground, I’m okay with it. “Bang Bang,” “Beat Is Up” and “My My” are good, and it’s all INTERESTING. Beats the latest pop releases hands down.

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