A couple days ago we posted “Bollywood,” the bizarre first taste from her new album Funstyle. I thought it was funny; many others did not. She knows how you feel. In a post on her website titled “How To Like It,” Phair explains how these songs are coming from her without a filter:
You were never supposed to hear these songs. These songs lost me my management, my record deal and a lot of nights of sleep. Yes, I rapped one of them. I’m as surprised as you are. But here is the thing you need to know about these songs and the ones coming next: These are all me. Love them, or hate them, but don’t mistake them for anything other than an entirely personal, un-tethered-from-the-machine, free for all view of the world, refracted through my own crazy lens. This is my journey. I’ll keep sending you postcards. – Liz
Seems like every couple years Phair does something to make you go WTF. But it’s not like she isn’t in on it. In an e-mail to WSJ, she says she parted ways with ATO Records a year ago, and that there are no hard feelings. “…The people who were still there didn’t like, or didn’t know, what to do with the music I was making, so we just stalled out and I asked to leave,” she writes. Since Funstyle hit the internet she says several ATO employees have written her to tell her how hilarious the songs are. I’m sure she takes it as a compliment.