The artists and tracklisting for How To Deal are:
1) Skye Sweetnam - "Billy S.": How To Deal's energetic first single comes from one of Capitol Records' most recent signings. Skye Sweetnam is a talented-beyond-her years young girl (she's 14) from a small Canadian town (the Toronto sub-suburb Boulton, pop. 15,000), who creates indelible pop anthems of teen rebellion straight from the reality of her so-called life (yes, she writes or co-writes all her songs, tapping everything from electronica to pop-punk-sometimes in the same song!). Her highly-anticipated Capitol debut album is expected for release in 2003.
2) The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize??": The Flaming Lips remain one of the most revered, innovative rock bands working today. The Lips burst out of Oklahoma City in the mid-80s with a sound combining psychedelia, punk and classic pop, and have never looked back, scoring a hit in 1993 with the quirky "She Don't Use Jelly" and releasing one of 1999's most critically-adored albums, The Soft Bulletin, amidst many other idiosyncratic projects. "Do You Realize?," a swirling oddball epic of a ballad, is the hit from the Lips' 2002 release Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.
3) The Donnas - "It's On The Rocks": The Donnas have been rocking hard and blowing away stereotypes since 1992, when they were all eighth-grade classmates in Palo Alto. Since then, this all-female quartet has been exploring the middle ground between L7 and AC/DC with irresistible swagger and metallic punch. The sexually taunting "It's On The Rocks" comes from the Donnas' 2002 album Spend The Night.
4) Liz Phair - "Why Can't I": In addition to appearing on How To Deal, "Why Can't I," an incredibly catchy, passionate ode to forbidden love, is the also first single from Liz Phair's upcoming self-titled album on Capitol, to be released June 24, 2003; the song is already receiving significant pop-radio airplay in major markets. One of the most acclaimed, daring and influential singer-songwriters working today, Phair won the Village Voice "Pazz & Jop" critics' poll right out of the box with her 1993 debut album, Exile In Guyville, and has released two other highly-praised albums: 1994's gold-certified Whip-Smart and 1998's whitechocolatespaceegg.
5) Beth Orton - "Wild World": Orton's otherworldly revision of Cat Stevens' folk-rock classic is previously unreleased, recorded exclusively for the soundtrack to How To Deal.
6) John Mayer - "Not Myself": This tender, intricate ballad comes from John Mayer's sleeper hit album, his 2001 full-length debut Room For Squares, and is fully representative of his shimmering, subtle rock sound. This young, Georgia-based singer-songwriter and guitar prodigy built his audience from the grass roots up, ultimately receiving platinum plaques and a "Best New Artist" Grammy nomination.