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 left for a solo career in 1990. Produced by then boyfriend Jon Brion and released in 1993, Whatever was a remarkable set, drawing rave reviews and the generous plaudits of Elvis Costello, with whom she had previously collaborated on the Til Tuesday track, The Other End (Of The Telescope). A literate and skilled composer, Mann attacked the corporate music business on Ive Had It and detailed estrangement and heartbreak on I Shouldve Known and I Know Theres A Word (allegedly concerning her former relationship with Jules Shear)....
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