This “plays whole album live” is a pretty smooth way to get around the “how can we miss you if you’ve never gone away?” problem has-beens face. When a group like Public Enemy says they’re going to play It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, it’s as if the group had broken up soon after its recording, thus never having to admit they recorded There’s A Poison Goin’ On. Liz Phair will join this exclusive club of veterans revisiting former glories when she performs Exile In Guyville solo and acoustic at New York’s Hiro Ballroom on June 25, and at to-be-announced shows in Chicago and San Francisco.
The DVD included on the Guyville reissue that these shows are accompanying will feature Phair-conducted interviews with Brad Wood, Urge Overkill, Steve Albini, John Cusack (“who
founded the Chicago avant-garde theater group New Crime Productions”? Oh, that John Cusack!), and numerous other guys from Guyville. Her next album is planned for the fall, so it won’t be too long before we see how this self-reflection has influenced her work.