Copyright © 1991, The Austin American-Statesman
The Austin American-Statesman
January 10, 1991
LENGTH: 346 words
HEADLINE: Mann seeking new label
BYLINE: Nestor Aparicio
It has been a while since anyone has heard from the once-popular band
Since the band broke out of Boston in 1985 with the huge hit Voices Carry,
it has been a long, downhill ride for singer-bassist Aimee Mann's band.
'Til Tuesday had two follow-up albums, Welcome Home and Everything Is
Different Now, but neither received much airplay or had nearly the gold
success of the band's debut.
Since the third album flopped two years ago, Mann has been working diligently
to get the band off of Epic Records and onto a label that she believes would
better promote her music.
"It was to the point where DJs and critics weren't even getting
the music from Epic," Mann said. "One DJ told
me the only reason he got the last album was because his girlfriend found
it at some record store."
Mann has since recorded another album with her group and is shopping
it to various record companies in hopes of getting the right deal.
"I just couldn't get motivated to do another album for Epic that
was destined to fail," Mann said.
The biggest problem now is that any company that would sign 'Til Tuesday
will have to pay Epic a fee to have the band.
"That makes us sort of unattractive," Mann said.
But, for her, being out of the public eye has not been all bad.
"I'm just trying to keep a low profile," Mann said. "To
be honest, when I was really successful it was so much damn work. Now I
can write songs and play some shows when I want. It was also just so uncomfortable
being recognized all the time. I'm glad that doesn't exist anymore."
Mann said that she still looks the same - "except that I wear glasses
now and people only recognize me when I tease my hair" - and that her
songwriting still tends to focus on stories about friends.
"The problem is that people always seem to think the songs are about
me or my experiences even if they're not," she said.