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Phair Play

The long, strange journey of the ‘Girly-Sound’ cassettes—the legendary 1991 recordings that led to Liz Phair’s Gen X classic Exile in Guyville

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GIRL! GIRL! GIRL! 1992 Polaroids of Phair recording at Idful Music in Chicago. Center: with Exile in Guyville guitarist and engineer Casey Rice and producer Brad Wood.
POLAROIDS COURTESY OF BRAD WOOD AND MATADOR RECORDS

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TAE WON YU RECEIVED A CASSETTE TAPE IN the mail. It was 1991, when bootlegs flowed freely through the postal service, like pollen in springtime. Vanilla Ice had the top-selling album in America, and Nirvana was months away from breaking through to the mainstream, but the underground scene was vibrant. Yu, then the guitarist for a rock duo called Kicking Giant, frequently received homemade tapes from musicians he knew in the indie fanzine world: Bratmobile. Bikini Kill. Daniel Johnston.

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