My intention with this thread, starting next Saturday, February 28th, is to discuss the music of Aimee Mann, from her early releases with the Young Snakes, through her bit as an 80s star with 'Til Tuesday, and on into her solo career, up until the present, on a song by song basis. I will be going through all of Aimee Mann's songs, one by one: not only songs on her albums but the smattering of singles, b-sides and guest appearances on other artist's albums, tribute albums, etc (which doesn't appear to be all that many!) Basically if she wrote it or sang lead on it, I plan to go over it. I do not plan to hold up songs that Aimee Mann may have been involved in otherwise: i.e., if she sang back up vocals on a song or contributed acoustic guitar or bass or produced a song for another artist, I will probably skip it. I will be covering these on a semi-chronological order: by which I mean, I will not be ordering them according the date recorded (which I don't know), but rather I will group songs by album; and then I will add other songs/albums recorded in that general era after the discussion of the main album. There are no biographies written on Aimee Mann's life, but I hope that from her examining her career and music we will be able to learn something new about this artist, who has been called one of the finest pop/rock singer/songwriters of the last 35 years. As a rough outline of the albums in her career that I will be covering the following in this thread: Bark Along with the Young Snakes* Voices Carry Welcome Home Everything's Different Now "Whatever" I'm With Stupid Bachelor No. 2, or the Last Remains of the Dodo The Forgotten Arm One more Drifter In the Snow @#%&*! Smilers Charmer The Both Mental Illness *note: there is another archival album recorded in 1980 or 1981 called Aimee Mann & the Young Snakes. I do not plan on holding the songs on that album up for discussion, other htan one which was released in 1981 -- the reason being is I don't think it is very representative of her work and I just don't like it -- and don't know if there are people who are interested in talking about it. I suppose if people indicate in the next five years that they are interested in discussing those songs, I will oblige: otherwise I will just hold up the entire album along with one song on the first day of the thread. (the 28th>) I will also be rating songs on a 1-5 scale, 5 being the best. I like doing this simply because, a) for some reason it helps me to focus my mind critically when I'm listening and b) although individual users ratings mean nothing, collectively, when averaged, they are an interesting statistic. And I like to make playlists from the more highly-rated songs! Having said that one does not have to rate songs to participate in the thread. The main thing is to discuss the music of Aimee Mann, song-by-song and learn more about the music of this very talented singer/songwriter One more thing: I do not plan on holding up unreleased songs/bootlegged songs for rating; that does not mean that they cannot be discussed or referenced in their appropriate era by those who know about them; it only means that I won't make a separate entry for them. A proper introduction to Aimee Mann will follow in the coming days.