Michael Penn released his first solo album, March, in 1989 and had a hit with his first single from the album. He performed the song live on the Letterman show that year, but No Myth didn’t chart until early in 1990. The record got as high as #13 on the Hot 100 but did better on the Modern Rock/Alternative Rock charts, getting up to number four. He placed four more singles into the top 20 Modern Rock chart in 1990 and 1992 but never again got near the top forty on the pop charts.
His career became much more successful when he turned his talents to scoring movies and television shows. He was responsible for the scoring of at least a dozen films and is still scoring television shows that are being produced this season.
Michael has two relatives that deserve a mention. His brother is Sean Penn, the actor, and since 1997 he has been married to Aimee Mann (the blond who sang lead and stood up in protest in the ‘Til Tuesday video for Voices Carry).