Thursday, November 1, 2012

Michael Penn - No Myth

The brother of actors Sean and Chris Penn, Michael Penn has had a long career as something of an anti-rock star.  While his first LP, 1989's March did peak at #31 on the album charts, most of his successive work has not had anything close to that level of success.  Nevertheless, Penn is regarded as a strong singer-songwriter and has recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed albums over the years.

"No Myth," the superb first single from March remains as Penn's only top 40 hit; it hit #13 on the charts.  The incredibly catchy song received a bunch of airplay back in the day and the video was in heavy rotation on your favorite video music channel, as well.  Penn was actively involved in the production of the video, mostly because he didn't want it to look too commercial, and I think that he succeeded for the most part.

Penn remains active in the music industry as of this writing, with his wife, Aimee Mann (formerly of 'Til Tuesday).

Cool trivia fact:  Penn may have been cursed by the infamous "best new artist" problem -- he won the 1990 MTV VMA for Best New Artist.  (Ironically, his wife also has the same award -- "Til Tuesday won the 1985 Award).  See the comments section for a list of the VMAs for Best New Artist (current as of this post).


  1. Best New Artist Video Music Awards:

    1984 Eurythmics — "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
    1985 'Til Tuesday — "Voices Carry"
    1986 a-ha — "Take on Me"
    1987 Crowded House — "Don't Dream It's Over"
    1988 Guns N' Roses — "Welcome to the Jungle"
    1989 Living Colour — "Cult of Personality"
    1990 Michael Penn — "No Myth"
    1991 Jesus Jones — "Right Here, Right Now"
    1992 Nirvana — "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    1993 Stone Temple Pilots — "Plush"
    1994 Counting Crows — "Mr. Jones"
    1995 Hootie & the Blowfish — "Hold My Hand"
    1996 Alanis Morissette — "Ironic"
    1997 Fiona Apple — "Sleep to Dream"
    1998 Natalie Imbruglia — "Torn"
    1999 Eminem — "My Name Is"
    2000 Macy Gray — "I Try"
    2001 Alicia Keys — "Fallin'"
    2002 Avril Lavigne — "Complicated"
    2003 50 Cent — "In da Club"
    2004 Maroon 5 — "This Love"
    2005 The Killers — "Mr. Brightside"
    2006 Avenged Sevenfold — "Bat Country"
    2007 Gym Class Heroes
    2008 Tokio Hotel — "Ready, Set, Go!"
    2009 Lady Gaga — "Poker Face"
    2010 Justin Bieber (featuring Ludacris) — "Baby"
    2011 Tyler, the Creator — "Yonkers"
    2012 One Direction — "What Makes You Beautiful"

  2. Jeez
    Your Taste In Music Is Wonderful
    Please Post More Like That

    1. Thanks, Sam, I really appreciate it. The whole point of the blog was to share some great music; glad that you like it so much.

  3. What was the girls name that was upstairs in the video?