for their lone hit single "Voices Carry," 'Til Tuesday
gradually evolved from a New Wave pop band into a vehicle for
the songwriting of Aimee Mann. Emerging at the tail end of New
Wave, 'Til Tuesday's commercial fortunes were helped dramatically
by a stylish video for "Voices Carry," which quickly
became an MTV favorite. However, the group wasn't able to follow
the single with another hit; furthermore, their albums weren't
just ignored by the public, but they received little media attention
as well. By their third album, Everything's Different Now, the
band had no chance at reaching the charts, but Mann's songs had
gained a cult following, including musicians like Elvis Costello.
Once the album stiffed, the stage was set for Mann to pursue a
studying at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Aimee Mann
(vocals, bass) became involved the in the city's punk scene, singing
with the Young Snakes and an early incarnation of Ministry. By
1983, she had formed 'Til Tuesday with her boyfriend Michael Hausman
(drums), Joey Pesce (keyboards), and Robert Holmes (guitar). 'Til
Tuesday played around the Boston area during the next year, eventually
winning a battle-of-the-bands contest at a local radio stations.
Shortly after the contest, the band signed with Epic Records.
By the time the group recorded their 1985 debut Voices Carry,
Mann and Huasman had separated and their failed romance provided
the basis for many of the songs on their album. Voices Carry became
a hit a few months after its release, as the title track climbed
into the Top 10; the record peaked in the Top 20. By the time
of the album's release, Mann had become involved in a well-publicized
romance with songwriter Jules Shear.
Tuesday quickly re-entered the studio to record their second album,
Welcome Home. Released in the fall of 1986, Welcome Home failed
to produce any big hits, with "What About Love" and
"Coming Up Close" both failing to make the Top 40. Pesce
left the band after the release of the album and he was replaced
by Michael Montes; the band also added guitarists Jon Brion and
Clayton Scobel. Around the time of the release of Welcome Home,
Mann's relationship with Shear dissolved, and she entered a writer's
block, which was relieved by a collaboration with Elvis Costello.
Costello co-wrote one song on 'Til Tuesday's third and final album,
Everything's Different Now. Released in 1988, the album was largely
inspired by Mann's breakup with Shear. Though it sold even worse
than Welcome Home, the album received strong reviews that cited
the growth of her songwriting.
Tuesday broke up after Everything's Different Now. Aimee Mann
became embroiled in legal problems with Epic, which meant she
couldn't begin her solo career until 1993, when she released Whatever.
Mann's solo debut received strong critical reviews, and she enjoyed
a successful cult following throughout the '90s. Stephen