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Sam Phillips

The acid pop singer/songwriter born Leslie Phillips earned the nonsensical nickname "Sam" as a child; only when she was recording her debut album did she finally hear of the other, more renowned Sam Phillips and learn of his legacy as the founder of Sun Records, the label which launched the careers of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. In retrospect, however, her relative distance from the history and conventions of pop music may have been in her favor and accounted for the fresh perspective her work offered; a critic's darling, Phillips sold few records, but her songs won widespread praise not only from the press but also from her fellow performers.

Born in 1962, Phillips was raised in Glendale, California. As a child she became fascinated by philosophy and religion, primarily fundamentalism; she began writing songs at the age of 14 as an outlet for exploring her Christian beliefs, as well as for coping with family strife. In 1984, under the name Leslie Phillips, she released her first LP, Beyond Saturday Night, on the contemporary Christian label Word. Within the limited framework of the Christian rock community, Phillips became a star; her records, which also included 1984's Dancing with Danger and 1985's Black and White in a Grey World, regularly sold upwards of 200,000 copies, and she was a tremendous live draw while touring churches and coffeehouses.

With the aptly titled The Turning, released in 1987, Phillips first teamed with producer T-Bone Burnett, a renowned pop producer who also helmed Bob Dylan's voyage into Christianity. After the album's release, she publicly denounced her label as a right-wing propaganda machine, and announced her retirement from CCM; disavowing all of her previous work, she adopted the name Sam on a permanent basis and, with Burnett's assistance, landed a contract with Virgin Records. With Burnett again in the producer's seat, she emerged in 1988 with her secular debut, The Indescribable Wow, which earned vast acclaim not only for her powerful vocals, penetrating lyrics, and gorgeous melodies, but also for the record's lush, Baroque production.

Phillips and Burnett married prior to the release of 1991's darker, more experimental Cruel Inventions, which featured a guest appearance from Elvis Costello. With 1994's Grammy-nominated Martinis and Bikinis, her sound flirted closely with Beatlesque popcraft; the album's finale, a cover of John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth," further drove the comparisons home. After making her feature film debut in the 1995 blockbuster Die Hard with a Vengeance, Phillips returned with 1996's Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop), another departure which touched upon lounge pop and industrial sounds; on the song "Slapstick Heart," she even shared songwriting credits with the members of R.E.M. Zero Zero Zero: The Best of Sam Phillips followed in early 1999.

In 2001, Phillips began rethinking her approach to music, and that year she released Fan Dance, her first album for Nonesuch Records. Produced by Burnett, Fan Dance abandoned the ornate pop sound of their previous work together in favor of spare and casual semi-acoustic settings. The album was a critical success, and a similarly styled follow-up, A Boot and a Shoe, appeared in 2004, followed by Don't Do Anything in 2008. After that release she left Nonesuch and began a project called Long Play, where she spent a year and a half releasing EPs every two months (five in all) and an album (Cameras in the Sky) at the project's end in 2011. Along the way she shared videos, outtakes, and extra tracks on her website, and self-released a compliation of tracks from the project called Solid State: Songs from the Long Play. Around this time she began working on her friend Amy Sherman-Palladino's new TV show Bunheads, scoring each epsiode, just as she did on Sherman-Palladino's long-running (2000-2007) show The Gilmore Girls. At the same time, she also began work on a new album, Push Any Button, which was released on her own Littlebox label in summer 2013. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Got a voice for sure!
now this sounds better than all that pop mainstream s**t
mandadew
"If I Could Write" off Boot and a Shoe is my absolute favorite. The instrumentat i o n on that tour was so unconvention a l , seductive and cool. She played the Paradise in Boston the night the Red Sox were on the way to the 1984 World Series, and graciously paused a moment to acknowledge the thunder of excitement emanating from outside the club. What a cool lady.
I always liked her and I am glad she saw the true right wing machine and got away from all that. There was a great song that college stations were playing in like 1992 (ish). I can't find it here, maybe Pandora doesn't list it, but does anyone know which song I am talking about?
lovelylisab0 4
libera me.....kept 'singing', to me,without hearing it, more!
boogiespeed
nice....
Introduced to her music a few years ago via NPR's All Songs Considered; it was a live recording from the Ram's Head. Absolutely incredible show.
love her voice!
I was introduced to Phillips through her original music for the show "Gilmore Girls." I love her chill vibe.
This girl is good !!
Listening to "all night" - great tune, love the drums on this track
i love reflecting light. its so beautiful
I love Sam Philips to bits and pieces. A lot of it is her voice, but just like Willie Nelson, where the magic comes from is totally elusive. I wish she would cut more albums too - would really love to see her do some Kurt Weill.
@ Michael - Finally someone else that like "Plastic is Forever"

Many people dismiss "Omnipop: Its only a flesh wound lambchop" as her weakest work. I thought it very inventive, experimental and an enjoyable concept album. Especially when you consider that she was writing a lot of the material while on the movie set for Die Hard. I can only imagine what a jarring shift it would have been for someone such as she to be immersed in the vapid shallowness of Hollywood.
Plastic is forever, is one of my favorite songs, its unexpected, it just hits you, softly at first...
Nicely written review. My wife and I started listening to Sam back when she was recording under the name Leslie. I really love the Fan Dance album, has one of my favorite guitar players, Marc Ribot featured prominently. One of Sam's songs is on the new T-Bone produced Robert Plant/Alliso n Krause CD, and even though Allison sounds nothing like Sam, Sam's voice really comes through in the writing. She is truly great.
She's really good. I wish more people would hear her music.

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