Liz Phair drops bizarro album Funstyle online

Pokes fun at herself on Bollywood track

Liz Phair drops bizarro album Funstyle online
Liz Phair looks like she's having fun, and for $5.99, you can too
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Liz Phair's new album, Funstyle, which she quietly dropped online the other day (3 July, to be exact) is a strange one, to say the least. But coming from the artist whose first album, Exile In Guyville, was a woman's response to The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street, why should we expect something ordinary?

Available on her website for the whopping price of $5.99 (come on, cab rides cost more!), the record, released with no press or promotion, features the debut single Bollywood, in which Phair raps - yes, she raps! - about the state of her career.

Over tablas, banjos and various samples, Phair says, "I was tripping looking at my portfolio / Wondering how I'm gonna make enough dough, ya know" - and then talks about phoning up various TV writers for One Tree Hill and Jericho to inquire about scoring their shows.

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ7tGcLcwwY

Of course, this tactic must have worked, for Phair did score the theme song to the half-a-season-long '70s send-up Swingtown. (Warning: listen to this at your own peril.)

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKFN0JecwIg

Despite the low-rent tackiness of Funstyle's cover art, which looks to be a screen grab over some sort of strange desktop wallpaper of barnyard animals, we still have a soft spot for the artist who penned the classic Fuck And Run.