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Michael Penn

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Michael Penn (born August 1, 1958, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American singer and songwriter. He is the son of actor/director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan, and the brother of actors Sean Penn and the late Chris Penn.

Prior to the release of his 1989 debut album March, Penn performed the song “This & That” with his band The Pull on a 1987 episode of Saturday Night Live. Before that, he was a member of the Los Angeles band Doll Congress and had appeared as an extra on a few television series, including St. Elsewhere.

March, particularly the first single, “No Myth,” brought Penn attention, as well as the 1990 MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. Penn’s follow-up albums Free-for-All (1992), Resigned (1997) and MP4: Days Since a Lost Time Accident (2000) weren’t able to match the success of March, although critics praised his songcraft.

Penn met fellow singer-songwriter Aimee Mann in the late 1980s, and during the recording of her album I’m With Stupid (to which Penn contributed vocals), the two struck up a friendship, which blossomed into romance and their 1997 marriage. Together with manager Michael Hausman they formed United Musicians, which is based on the idea of allowing artists to keep copyright ownership of their works and to assist with their promotion and distribution. Penn and Mann live in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. They have no children, but Penn has a son from a previous marriage.

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  • menswear2112

    God I like No Myth, so compelling.

    8 Jan 7:19pm Reply
  • misterpockets

    i think we are overdue for a new album!

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • luckystoned

    nice :)

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • xhybridrainbow

    Never knew he's Sean Penn's brother, how weird. Anyway I've been in love with "No Myth" since I was a kid listening to it in the car with my mom. Picked up the album again a few days ago!

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • LUCE08

    I may not be a fan of his brother Sean but I do really like Michael though

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • LightFireI

    Walter Reed is totally amazing.

    14 Aug 2010 Reply
  • connorshawsongs

    you have a great taste in music!! I think you might enjoy this :) !? http://www.last.fm/music/Connor+Shaw music is a community :) peace.love

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • demetripolitis

    help a struggling songwriter, download my free albums here: http://demetripolitis.bandcamp.com/

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    True story: way back in the mid-'90s, I made a mix of Michael Penn's songs alternating with Aimee Mann's, before I had any idea that they knew each other/would tour together/were engaged, because their songs just seemed to fit so well next to each other. You're probably going to call me a liar, and I probably would too, and there's no way I can prove otherwise. Point is, it's fun to try, if you're so inclined. All hail the happy couple and their mutually wonderful songs.

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Musicboehmy

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    8 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Sliver__

    wow! very nice lyrics and sounds

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    So much good work, and one couldn't ask for much more from the best-of.

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
  • aleomarla

    love him.....

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • azty

    =D loser movie

    22 May 2009 Reply
  • johnny_nightowl

    Please vote for any another photo. This main photo doesn't appear in any widgets because of it's too small.

    18 Apr 2009 Reply
  • danieljbeason

    Er, ah... late 80's not early 90's. My bad, I was eight years old when this song came out.

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • danieljbeason

    Heard an acoustic version of this recently on Sirius. It sort of scratched off the expiration date left by the early 90's production on the original track. Than on the other hand- that's part of the fun of this track. It IS pretty early 90's to be running around in black jeans anyway.

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • takeawalk

    obviously way superior to his brothers

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Barrettmann

    PEDAZO DE TÍO MÁQUINA. LLEVA 4 DISCO Y NO LO CONOCE NI SU PADRE, vergonzoso, ¿quien coño es su mánager para cortarle los cataplines?

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • a4lem

    Walter Reed <3

    25 Dec 2008 Reply
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