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Born: September 8, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Richmond, Virginia, USA Profession: songwriter, singer, bassist, actor, record store clerk

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Aimee Mann, late of 1980s one-hit wonders 'til tuesday, was a singer-songwriter plagued by record company woes and lackluster sales until her remarkable musical contributions to Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed 1999 release "Magnolia" pushed her back into the spotlight and offered her a new career opportunity. As part of 'til tuesday, Mann had a hit with "Voices Carry", a 1985 chart-topper off of their debut album of the same name. A pop-rock anthem that took to task a cold-hearted lover, the success of "Voices Carry" was due in no small part to the music video, an MTV favorite that featured the blonde, slender, delicate-featured Mann sporting a timely overdone coif and acting the part of the stifled girlfriend with explosive results. 'til tuesday never revisited the success of that single with their subsequent follow-up albums, and disbanded in 1989.

Aimee Mann, late of 1980s one-hit wonders 'til tuesday, was a singer-songwriter plagued by record company woes and lackluster sales until her remarkable musical contributions to Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed 1999 release "Magnolia" pushed her back into the spotlight and offered her a new career opportunity. As part of 'til tuesday, Mann had a hit with "Voices Carry", a 1985 chart-topper off of their debut album of the same name. A pop-rock anthem that took to task a cold-hearted lover, the success of "Voices Carry" was due in no small part to the music video, an MTV favorite that featured the blonde, slender, delicate-featured Mann sporting a timely overdone coif and acting the part of the stifled girlfriend with explosive results. 'til tuesday never revisited the success of that single with their subsequent follow-up albums, and disbanded in 1989.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Largo (2008)
2.
 Big Lebowski, The (1998) Nihilist Woman
5.
 American Video Awards (1985) Presenter
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Milestones close milestones

1964:
At age four, abducted by estranged mother, lived with her briefly in England (date approximate)
:
Returned to her family in Virginia
:
Moved to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music
:
Formed the punk band Young Snakes in Boston after leaving Berklee College of Music
:
Worked with future punk-industrial heavyweights Ministry
1982:
With Joey Pesce, Robert Holmes and boyfriend and fellow Berklee dropout Michael Hausman, formed 'til tuesday
1984:
As 'til tuesday, signed with Epic Records after winning a 1983 Boston battle of the bands contest
1985:
'til tuesday released their debut album "Voices Carry", with the title single emerging as a top ten hit and an MTV staple
1986:
Released follow up album as 'til tuesday, the less successful "Welcome Home"
1988:
Last album with 'til tuesday, the confessional "Everything's Different Now"
1993:
Made solo debut, with the acclaimed album "Whatever"
1995:
Released sophomore solo effort "I'm With Stupid"
1998:
Made acting debut, with a cameo role as "Nihilist Woman" in the Coen brother's "The Big Lebowski"
1999:
Embroiled in record label problems and politics, opted out of contract with Interscope and bought back the masters for latest unreleased album "Bachelor No. 2", releasing it on own label as an EP
1999:
Worked alongside director Paul Thomas Anderson, adding pivotal music to the film "Magnolia"; Anderson credits one of her songs as inspiration for film; earned an Academy Award nomination for the song "Save Me"
2000:
Embarked on a club tour with her husband, fellow singer-songwriter Michael Penn
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Education

Berkelee College of Music: Boston , Massachusetts - 1980

Notes

"From my perspective, record companies are looking for people who are almost freakishly multitalented, and music's the last on the list. People who are really attractive, so that they know how to model, because making videos and taking photographs is an enormous part of it. And you also have to be like an actor with an enormous capacity for schmoozing and talking to hundreds of people and making them like you, so there's a politician element to it. And you have to have an enormous amount of physical stamina to travel a lot and be a big all-around entertainer, onstage and off. The music has become just a soundtrack to the whole enterprise of celebrity. If Jackie O. could sort of carry a tune, she'd be perfect." --Mann quoted in The New York Times Magazine, July 11, 1999

Director Paul Thomas Anderson on using Mann's music for "Magnolia": "She was articulating feelings and ideas better than I ever could, and I wanted to rip her off." --quoted in JAM! Showbiz, January 6, 2000

Aimee Mann discussing her collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson and how it differs from her previous movie soundtrack experience: "I've had songs here and there on soundtracks, but I've never had my songs utilized in such an integral way. I don't think a lot of directors do that anyway. Mostly, there's pressure on directors to make a deal with the record company and use whatever acts the record company is trying to push in the movie and on the soundtrack.

"I'd give Paul rough mixes of songs, and I'd write songs without thinking they'd be in a movie. But we were kind of talking about the same kinds of things. The same kind of characters he writes about are the same sort of characters I write about." --quoted in Boston Globe, December 7, 1999

Anderson on why he chose to use only Mann's songs to score his film: "I just loved the way it worked in 'Harold and Maude' [with Cat Stevens] and 'The Graduate' [Simon & Garfunkel] -- one voice to a movie. Plus, I was thinking, here are these songs I'm completely in love with that I know are in her drawer, and I want to make a record out of them - my own mix tape of favorite Aimee Mann songs." --quoted in Entertainment Weekly, January 7, 2000

Mann on the experimental montage scene in "Magnolia" that features the entire cast singing along to her track "Wise Up": "I thought, Paul, this is the stupidest idea I've ever heard. It was shocking how moving it was when I saw it. It's weird when your own song is making you cry." --to Entertainment Weekly, January 7, 2000

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Michael Hausman. Musician. Drummer and co-founder of 'til tuesday; together in the early to mid-1980s; said to be the inspiration for much of the band's debut album "Voices Carry"; remained a friend and creative partner of Mann after their breakup and played drums on much of her solo work.
companion:
Jules Shear. Songwriter. Wrote songs such as "If She Knew What She Wants" and "All Through the Night", 1980s hits for The Bangles and Cyndi Lauper respectively; with Mann for several years in the mid to late 1980s; "J is for Jules" on 'til tuesday's 1985 debut is for him and the entire 1988 release "Everything's Different Now" is said to be about their breakup.
husband:
Michael Penn. Musician, actor. Born on August 1, 1958 in NYC; brother of actors Sean and Christopher Penn; contributed music to Paul Thomas Anderson's films "Hard Eight" and "Boogie Nights"; co-wrote with Mann the song "Wise Up", featured in both "Magnolia" and "Jerry Maguire".

Family close complete family listing

father-in-law:
Leo Penn. Actor, director. Blacklisted in the 1950s; died on September 5, 1998.
mother-in-law:
Eileen Ryan. Actor. Mother of Michael Penn.
brother-in-law:
Sean Penn. Actor.
brother-in-law:
Christopher Penn. Actor.
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