The second single from Liz Phair was the album’s opening song, “Extraordinary,” another track Phair wrote with The Matrix production team.
While not as commercially successful as “Why Can’t I?,” the song did receive film and television placements, including the soundtrack to the Kate Hudson film, Raising Helen.
A promotional single for “Extraordinary” was released in early 2004 featuring front and back artwork, but a retail single was shelved.
Released: January 2004
Label: Capitol Records
Availability: Somewhat Rare
Written by The Matrix and Liz Phair
Produced, arranged, and recorded by The Matrix
Guitars by Corky James
Drums by Victor Indrizzo
Drum programming by Krish Sharma
Mixed by Serban Ghenea
Additional vocals by The Matrix and The Wizards of Oz
Similar to the album from which it hails, “Extraordinary” was met with mixed reviews, although it was considered a highlight from Liz Phair.
“Extraordinary” peaked at #14 on the Adult Top 40 and #28 on the Mainstream Top 40. It reached #111 in the US on Billboard’s “Bubbling Under Hot 100” chart.
Video: Extraordinary (alternate version)
Director: Phil Harder
Release Date: 2004
There were two videos shot for “Extraordinary.” The original black/white version (featured below) was a promotional video for the self-titled album.
A second version was also created once the song was featured on Raising Helen, although it’s not currently found online.