Liz Phair performed a major community service with her 1993 paean to broken hearts of all sorts, “Exile in Guyville.” She bared the soul of a young woman alternately pissed off that love dies and energized by the fact that love evolves. She was vulnerable, strong and funny, and played some sweet guitar. She offered clueless dudes some accidental insight into the girls whose tape decks had “Exile” in regular rotation, giving both genders a script that didn’t pander to either, for once. And she’s been trying to live it down ever since.

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