Friday, January 6, 2012

It's No Myth

This week's edition of Retro Friday features the artist Michael Penn, and the song "No Myth."

Michael Penn, born August 1, 1958, is an American singer, songwriter and composer. He is the eldest son of actor/director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan, and the brother of actors Sean Penn and the late Chris Penn.

Michael Penn is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and film composer. Before he relased his 1989 debut album March, Penn was a member of the Los Angeles band Doll Congress, and had appeared as an extra on a few television series, including St. Elsewhere.

The album 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) MP4: Days Since a Lost Time Accident (2000 ) Mr. Hollywood Jr., 1947 (2005) and Palms and Runes, Tarot and Tea (2007) weren't able to match the commercial success of March, although critics continued to praise his songcraft.

My favorite Michael Penn song, by far, is his first hit single, "No Myth." Released as his debut single in 1989, the song became Penn's first and only top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #13 on the chart.

I'm not sure why I am so completely enamoured with this song, but I really am. Every time I hear it, it brings back warm, fuzzy memories of High School ... wait, were there any warm, fuzzy memories from High School? Anyways, I really like this song. If you've never heard it, give it a listen!

And now your for listening pleasure ... No Myth!



  1. Here I am, another sleepless night, and what do I discover but another Retro Friday article. Litle by little you are bringing me from the 1980's into the present with your passion for Altenative Rock. This is a genre I don't normally listen to.

    As defined by Wikipedia, "Music appreciation is teaching people what to listen for and to appreciate different types of music. Usually music appreciation classes involve some history lessons to explain why people of a certain era liked the music that they did."

    You have demonstrated over and over again your love and passion for music appreciation. Thank you for being my weekly music instructor. Lets redefine 'TGIF' by calling it 'TGIRF'..TGI "Retro" F.

    Great article! Happy listening, and goodnight :)

  2. Your HS days are referenced ALOT.....Um, did you go to school or just listen to music OK, bad attempt of a joke. Enjoyed the read.