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Aimee Mann - 100% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 September 1960, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Having begun performing with the punk-inspired Young Snakes, Aimee Mann achieved recognition during the mid-80s as the lead vocalist of the critically acclaimed ’Til Tuesday. Frustrated with the industry trying to push a more mainstream approach - and suggesting that writers outside the band should contribute material - Mann le Read more

Matthew Sweet - 88% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 October 1964, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Before the success of his third album, 1991’s Girlfriend, Matthew Sweet had been best known for his work in the late 80s with the Golden Palominos. Before that, in the early 80s, he had recorded under the name Buzz Of Delight, based in Athens, Georgia, issuing a mini-album entitled Sound Castles which was produced by Don Dixon. Tw Read more

Rhett Miller - 68% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Dallas, Texas, USA. Miller first came to notice as a founding member of the local alt country outfit, Old 97’s. The band issued several critically acclaimed yet commercially underachieving albums, including 1997’s Too Far To Care and 2001’s Satellite Rides. Although Miller had already issued one solo album back in 1994, Mythologies (which was comprised of mate Read more

Neil Finn - 66% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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27 May 1958, Te Awamutu, New Zealand. Finn’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading songwriters was confirmed when he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1993, in recognition of his work with Split Enz and Crowded House. Following the latter band’s emotional farewell performance in Sydney on 24 November 1996, Finn set about reco Read more

Toad the Wet Sprocket - 66% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US rock band was formed in the mid-80s at high school in Santa Barbara, California, by friends Dean Dinning (9 June 1967; bass/keyboards), Randy Guss (b. 7 March 1967; drums), Todd Nichols (guitar/vocals) and Glen Phillips (b. 29 December 1970; vocals/guitar/keyboards). The unconventional name came from British television’s cult comedy series Rutland Weekend Televi Read more

Sam Phillips - 55% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
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Robyn Hitchcock - 53% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Joe Henry - 51% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. As a child Henry moved to the Midwest through his father’s peripatetic job with car manufacturers Chevrolet. Most of his youth was spent in and around Detroit, where he met and married wife Melanie Ciccone (the sister of Madonna). They moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 1985, then Los Angeles in 1990 when Ciccone was offered a job with Brian Read more

The Smithereens - 51% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Influenced by the 60s pop of the Beatles, Beach Boys and the Byrds, the Smithereens formed in New Jersey, USA, in 1980. Members Jim Babjak (guitar) and Dennis Diken (drums) had played together since 1971; Mike Mesaros (bass) was recruited in 1976, and finally Pat DiNizio (vocals). After recording two EPs, they backed songwriter Otis Blackwell (‘Great Balls Of Fire’) o Read more

Paul Westerberg - 47% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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31 December 1959, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Westerberg had been planning a solo project even before his band, the Replacements, imploded in 1991, but his first work under his own name comprised two tracks on the soundtrack of the 1992 ‘slacker’ movie Singles. This was followed by 14 Songs, perceived by some critics to be a return to the punked-up glory days of B Read more

Crowded House - 44% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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After the break up of Split Enz at the end of 1984, one of its major songwriters, Neil Finn (27 May 1958, Te Awamutu, New Zealand; guitar/vocals), along with latter-day Split Enz drummer Paul Hester (b. 8 January 1959, Melbourne, Australia, d. 26 March 2005, Melbourne, Australia), Nick Seymour (b. Nicholas More Seymour, 9 December 1958, Benalla, Victoria, Australia; bass) an Read more

Pete Yorn - 44% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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27 July 1974, New Jersey, USA. This roots rock singer-songwriter and guitarist was one of the most unexpected commercial successes of the new millennium, breaking into the US charts in 2001 on the back of extensive live work and word-of-mouth sales. One of the most readily apparent influences on Yorn’s music is Bruce Springsteen.Yorn’s first Read more

Shawn Colvin - 44% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Shanna Colvin, 10 January 1956, Vermillion, South Dakota, USA. A singer-songwriter in the tradition of her teen idol Joni Mitchell, Colvin was of considerable age before she recorded her first songs. Backed by fellow guitarist and songwriting partner John Leventhal (later a collaborator with Marc Cohn), her debut pulled together arresting material with an understated approac Read more

Shawn Mullins - 44% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 March 1968, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. A literate, considered songwriter in the traditions of Tom Petty, Atlanta, Georgia resident Mullins made his commercial breakthrough in 1998 with ‘Lullaby’, the lead single from that year’s Soul’s Core collection. The high visibility of ‘Lullaby’ on modern rock stations subsequently pushed the album into the Read more

Colin Hay - 42% match to Michael Penn

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 June 1953, Kilwinning, Scotland. This singer-songwriter moved to Australia in his early teens. He formed Men At Work with Ron Strykert in 1978 and enjoyed a string of international hits in the early 80s with catchy pop singles including ‘Who Can It Be Now?’ and ‘Down Under’. After the break-up of Men At Work in 1985, Hay launched a solo career with the Read more


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