No Myth :: Michael Penn
from the album, March

No Myth is a song by rock singer Michael Penn from his debut album March.

Released as his debut single in 1989, the song became Penn’s only top 40 hit on the U.S.Billboard Hot 100, peaking at # 13 on the chart.

March was the debut album of singer-songwriter Michael Penn, released in 1989.

It featured the singles No Myth, This and That, and Brave New World. In 1990, No Myth peaked at # 22 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, # 5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, # 4 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and # 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Michael Penn 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 Chris Penn.

Michael Penn is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and film composer. Prior to the release of 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.

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.

Penn has produced recordings for Aimee Mann, The Wallflowers and Liz Phair.

Penn met fellow singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, and during the recording of her album I’m with Stupid (to which Penn contributed), the two struck up a friendship, which blossomed into romance and their December 29, 1997 marriage. Together with manager Michael Hausman they formed United Musicians, an independent music collective founded on “the principle that every artist should be able to retain copyright ownership of the work he or she has created and that this ownership is the basis for artistic strength and true independence.”

Penn and Mann live in Los Angeles.

Editor’s Note: Michael Penn was one of the shared musical discoveries and loves that my first husband and I had together. This song, and the entire album of March, will forever be tied to images of San Francisco in the early nineties to me, and of two people who were much to young trying to make a go of it as a “family”. In many ways, I suppose the endeavor was a failure, but we did make a family, one that went on long after I said it was time to go.



5 thoughts on “So, she says it’s time she goes :: VOTD

  1. This album was on a lot as I was going through one of those stressful periods in life, The song “This and That” pretty much summed up my relationship that year.

    1. The whole album is poignant and full of memories – both good and bad – to me. At the time, “Innocent One” was the one that most reflected my relationship that year.

      Oh the deep and emotional connection with music…

      By the way, I am working on a “twang” inspired playlist/mix for you – will post later this week.

      1. It’s funny how a certain song can take us back to a time and place in our life. For me it’s listening to Matthew Sweet’s ” Girlfriend” love the record but I can’t handle the emotions, looking forward to your Twang list, I guess I better start on mine 🙂

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