Read Liz Phair’s Lana Del Rey Op-Ed For WSJ

By Tom Breihan / February 6, 2012

Her album and her Saturday Night Live performance both took critical poundings, but Lana Del Rey has already found one important celebrity pseudo-defender in Kristen Wiig. And now Liz Phair, a musician who knows a couple of things about launching controversy, has forcefully come to Del Rey’s defense in a new opinion piece on the Wall Street Journal website.

It makes sense that Phair feels some kinship with Del Rey; she’s another attractive woman who got famous pretty quickly by singing songs about desire and sex, and she was also the subject of a weird little mini-controversy that sprung from her live show being a bit shaky early on. And in her WSJ piece, Phair writes that Del Rey is very much a part of her lineage: “Lana Del Rey is exactly what I was hoping to inspire when I took on the male rock establishment almost twenty years ago with my debut record, Exile In Guyville.”

She goes on: “Lana Del Rey seems to be bothering everybody because she allegedly ‘remade’ herself from a folk singing, girl-next-door type into an electro-urban kitty cat on the prowl (of course I like her), and they feel she is inauthentic. I would argue that the uncomfortable feelings she elicits are simply the by-product of watching a woman wanting and taking like a man.”

Read Phair’s full article here.