Saturday, January 21, 2017

Songoftheday 1/21/17 - So, she says it's time she goes, but wanted to be sure I know she hopes we can be friends...

"No Myth" - Michael Penn
from the album March (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #13 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from singer/songwriter Michael Penn, who is the older brother of actor Sean Penn (and the late Chris Penn). He did a little acting work himself, but his biggest success came on the release of his debut album March in 1989. The first single from the record, "No Myth", was a catchy piece of jangle-pop that used a baroque electronic keyboard called a Chamberlin. The lyrics remind me of a slowed down Difford & Tilbrook Squeeze track...


"No Myth" became Michael's sole top-40 pop hit in March of 1990. The song climbed to #4 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart, while it also made it to #5 on their Mainstream Rock list. It crossed over to the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart at #22. His second single from March, "This & That", was a respectable hit on both the Modern (#10) and Mainstream (#16) rock radio charts, but stopped short on the pop Hot 100 at #53 and the Adult Contemporary list at #39. A third release from the set, "Brave New World", reached #20 on the Modern Rock and #26 on the Mainstream Rock tallies. In 1992, Penn put out his sophomore effort, Free-For-All, and while nothing from it got to the pop charts, "Seen The Doctor" went to #5 on the Modern Rock chart (and #33 Mainstream) and "Long Way Down (Look What The Cat Drug In)" peaked at #14 on the Modern Rock list. He hasn't graced the charts since then, but he still records and performs, and in 1997 married former Til Tuesday's Aimee Mann, who are still together.

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Here's Michael and keyboardist Patrick Warren performing "No Myth" on the Letterman show...


...and finally, on MTV Unplugged in 1989, introduced ironically by Aimee's ex-boyfriend Jules Shear...


Up tomorrow: Canadian rocker loves her fabrics.




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