Extraordinary (Liz Phair song)

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"Extraordinary"
Liz Phair - Extraordinary single cover.jpg
Single by Liz Phair
from the album Liz Phair
ReleasedJanuary 2004
FormatCD Single
Recorded2003
Length3:24
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)
  • Liz Phair
  • Graham Edwards
  • Lauren Christy
  • Scott Spock
Producer(s)The Matrix
Liz Phair singles chronology
"Why Can't I?"
(2003)
"Extraordinary"
(2004)
"Everything to Me"
(2005)

"Extraordinary" is a song by American singer/songwriter Liz Phair.[1] It was released in January 2004 as the second single from her self-titled 2003 album.[2][3]

Release[edit]

The song was released as a promotional one-track CD single.[3]

Use in media[edit]

The song was featured in the 2004 film Raising Helen.[4] It was also featured in an episode of Charmed, titled "Oh My Goddess!"[5] The song was included on the teen pop compilation Got Hits! 2 as well.[6] The song was included on the soundtrack for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.[7]

Music video[edit]

Two music videos for the song were released. The first features black-and-white footage of Phair singing the song.[8] After the song was featured in the 2004 film Raising Helen,[4] a second music video was made, featuring clones of Phair in front of various backdrops.

Critical reception[edit]

The song garnered mixed reviews from music critics, who were dissatisfied with her attempt to go mainstream. Slate's Mim Udovitch said that Phair sounds "bogus,"[9] while PopMatters called the song "sickeningly effervescent."[10] Some critics were more complimentary towards the song, however. Chuck Klosterman, writing for Spin, praised the song's "authenticity,"[11] while Allmusic noted that it was one of its parent album's highlights.[1] Michael Paoletta of Billboard called the song "ultra-catchy" and "oh-so-buoyant".[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

Though the song failed to recreate the chart success of past hits "Supernova" and "Why Can't I?" it still managed to chart. It reached number 111 in the US, spending a total of 5 weeks on the "Bubbling Under Hot 100" chart.[13] It also charted on the Mainstream Top 40 chart[14] and the Adult Top 40 chart, on which it spent six months.[15]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003-2004) Peak
position
US (Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100)[13] 111
US Adult Top 40[15] 14
US Mainstream Top 40[14] 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Sterphen Thomas. ""Liz Phair" album overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Discography overview". Discogs. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b ""Extraordinary" single overview". Discogs. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Original Soundtrack Raising Helen overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Liz Phair soundtrack credits". IMDb. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  6. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Various Artists Got Hits, Vol. 2 overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  7. ^ Jeffries, David. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy soundtrack review". Allmusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Liz Phair - Extraordinary (alt version)". YouTube. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  9. ^ Udovich, Mim. "What Is Liz Phair Thinking?". Slate. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  10. ^ "PopMatters review".
  11. ^ Klosterman, Chuck. "Liz Phair, 'Liz Phair' (Capitol)". Spin. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  12. ^ Billboard - January 24, 2004, page 32
  13. ^ a b ""Extraordinary" Bubbling Under Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  14. ^ a b ""Extraordinary" Mainstream Top 40 chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  15. ^ a b ""Extraordinary" Adult Top 40 chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 30 October 2016.