Michael Penn

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Five fabulous albums - and more people need to hear about Michael. Check out his music here on Last FM and share with your friends.

Michael Penn (born August 1, 1958, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American singer and songwriter.

The album March, particularly the first single, No Myth, brought Michael 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.

Michael met fellow singer-songwriter Aimee Mann in the late 1980s, and during the recording of her album I'm With Stupid (to which Michael 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.

Michael moved into film scoring after repeated requests from director Paul Thomas Anderson, who had apparently listened to Free-for-All extensively while writing his first feature Hard Eight and wanted Penn to score the film. Michael also scored Anderson's follow-up Boogie Nights, Try, The Anniversary Party, Melvin Goes to Dinner and the documentary The Comedians of Comedy.

Michael's fifth album, Mr. Hollywood Jr., 1947, was released August 2, 2005, on Mimeograph Records (Michael's own label) and SpinART Records. Michael has said that the album, which may be the first of two parts, is set after World War II and involves "the trauma that a war brings to a person's psychology."
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