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Aimee Mann

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Biography

During the '80s, Aimee Mann led the post-new wave pop group 'Til Tuesday. After releasing three albums with the group, she broke up the band and embarked on a solo career. Her first solo album, Whatever, was a more introspective, folk-tinged effort than 'Til Tuesday's albums, and received uniformly positive reviews upon its release in the summer of 1993. However, the album was just a small hit, spending only seven weeks on the American charts, where it peaked at 127. Nevertheless, Whatever rejuvenated her career -- after its release, critics were praising her songwriting, as were peers like Elvis Costello, Difford & Tilbrook, and Andy Partridge. Early in 1995, Mann had a modest hit with "That's Just What You Are," a song included on the soundtrack to the television series Melrose Place. Following the success of the single, Mann was set to release her second solo album in the spring of 1995, but her record label, Imago, filed for bankruptcy before its release. She signed a contract with Reprise Records after Imago went under, but Imago prevented her from releasing any records. For most of 1995, Mann battled Imago in an attempt to free herself from the label, eventually winning her independence at the end of the year. After her dispute with Imago was settled, she signed with DGC Records. Mann's second album, I'm with Stupid, was released in England in the late fall of 1995 and in January of 1996 in America. Again, it was greeted with positive reviews yet weak sales. Mann's career got a kick-start in early 2000, however, when she released her soundtrack for the critically acclaimed film Magnolia; the song "Save Me" was later nominated for an Academy Award. Originally available only at live dates, the solo Bachelor No. 2 received national release in the spring. In the summer of 2002, Mann returned to the forefront with the self-released Lost in Space. Late 2004 saw the release of Live at St. Ann's Warehouse, a CD/DVD package recorded during her summer tour. It was followed in 2006 by the critically acclaimed Forgotten Arm, a concept album built around the return from Vietnam of a drug-addicted boxer. Mann released a collection of Christmas songs called One More Drifter in the Snow in 2006. @#%&! Smilers followed in 2008. Mann spent the next few years working on adapting The Forgotten Arm into a musical, a project that was ultimately abandoned. She remained in the spotlight through semi-regular concerts and a memorable cameo on the IFC comedy series Portlandia before finally returning in the fall of 2012 with Charmer, her first album in four years. In 2013, Mann started performing with Ted Leo in a project that was eventually named Both; the duo released an album, also called Both, in 2014. Following that, Mann turned her attention to her ninth solo album, recording the deliberately slow and sad Mental Illness with producer Paul Bryan. The album appeared in March 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  2.   Save Me
  3.   That's Just What You Are
  4.   Charmer
  5.   4th of July
  6.   Freeway
  7.   Labrador
  8.   Living a Lie
  9.   You Could Make a Killing
  10.   The Christmas Song
  11.   Stranger into Starman
  12.   Christmastime
  13.   I'll Be Home For Christmas
  14.   Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  15.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  16.   One
  17.   Goose Snow Cone
  18.   Going Through the Motions
  19.   Par for the Course
  20.   Calling It Quits
  21.   I Know There's a Word
  22.   Build That Wall
  23.   Humpty Dumpty
  24.   Wise Up
  25.   31 Today
  26.   Two of Us
  27.   Guys Like Me
  28.   White Christmas
  29.   Deathly
  30.   Magnolia by Jon Brion
  31.   You Do
  32.   Way Back When
  33.   You're A Mean One Mr Grinch
  34.   Susan
  35.   Momentum
  36.   Patient Zero
  37.   Lies of Summer
  38.   Rollercoasters
  39.   Winter Wonderland
  40.   Dear John
  41.   The Moth
  42.   It Takes All Kinds
  43.   Driving Sideways
  44.   I Should've Known
  45.   Philly Sinks
  46.   Stuck in the Past
  47.   Red Flag Diver
  48.   Medicine Wheel
  49.   That's How I Knew This Story Would Break My Heart
  50.   King Of The Jailhouse
  51.   Lost in Space
  52.   How I Am Different
  53.   Fifty Years After the Fair
  54.   Frankenstein
  55.   You're with Stupid Now
  56.   Long Shot
  57.   Amateur
  58.   She Really Wants You
  59.   Slip and Roll
  60.   Backfire
  61.   Knock It Off
  62.   This Is How It Goes
  63.   Put Me on Top
  64.   Sugarcoated by Bernard Butler
  65.   You Never Loved Me
  66.   Barfly
  67.   Soon Enough
  68.   Crazytown
  69.   True Believer
  70.   Looking for Nothing
  71.   Beautiful
  72.   I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up For Christmas
  73.   I Can't Help You Anymore
  74.   I Can't Get My Head Around It
  75.   Goodbye Caroline
  76.   Nightmare Girl
  77.   The Scientist
  78.   Invisible Ink
  79.   Today's the Day
  80.   It's Not
  81.   Real Bad News
  82.   Pavlov's Bell
  83.   Red Vines
  84.   Superball
  85.   Gumby
  86.   Phoenix
  87.   Little Tornado
  88.   Borrowing Time
  89.   Gamma Ray
  90.   Stupid Thing
  91.   All over Now
  92.   High on Sunday 51
  93.   Just Like Anyone
  94.   Say Anything
  95.   Drive (From the Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story)
  96.   Poor Judge
  97.   Simple Fix
  98.   Good for Me
  99.   Yesterday Once More
  100.   How Am I Different
  101.   Ballantines
  102.   Thirty One Today
  103.   The Great Beyond
  104.   Little Bombs
  105.   Video
  106.   Observatory
  107.   Fighting the Stall
  108.   Satellite
  109.   The Fall of the World's Own Optimist
  110.   Nothing Is Good Enough
  111.   I Could Hurt You Now
  112.   Mr. Harris
  113.   Jacob Marley's Chain
  114.   Could've Been Anyone
  115.   It's Not Safe
  116.   Choice in the Matter
  117.   I've Had It
  118.   Columbus Avenue
  119.   Whatever Happened To Christmas
  120.   I'm Cured
  121.   Ray
  122.   Paper Boats
  123.   It's Over
  124.   Ghost World
  125.   Calling On Mary
  126.   Disappeared
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