It’s rare that a debut album is a masterpiece. Liz Phair releases her “Exile” on June 22, 1993. It’s considered one of the best albums of the 90’s — a track-by-track response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street. It’s #327 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. (It’s #4 on mine if anyone cares …)
Liz says she was attacted to Mick’s persona and the album because ” … it perfectly fit my impression of what was going on in the head of this guy I had a crush on. I could project onto the Stones and they would answer back. It was like having a relationship through the music.”
June 22, 1971 ~ The Chirp releases her fourth album. Rolling Stone puts it at #30 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. NPR calls it the greatest album of all time made by a woman. I want to be buried with it when I go because I can’t imagine eternity without it.
June 15, 1979 ~ Joy Division releases their debut album. It goes nowhere but over the years, it’s become one of the most important and influential pieces of work ever. The Cure, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins — even Cobain — all mention Ian Curtis and Joy Division at some point and Unknown Pleasures is now considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time.