Desert Island Singles: “No Myth” by Michael Penn (1989)Posted: September 16, 2012
Michael Penn was still being referred to as Sean Penn’s brother well after the first single from his debut album had made the charts. “No Myth” combines the melodic jangle of Penn’s acoustic guitar riffs with the light harmonics of his voice, all wrapped up in an extremely catchy pop-rock tune. Most of the energy comes from the song’s solid beat which acts as the perfect runway for Penn’s singing, while the chorus is a wavering gust of pure folk melody. The hooks are extremely sharp, and the tune meanders into a few different routes throughout the entire course of the song.- Mike DeGagne, allmusic.com
When most musicians emulate The Beatles, they try to cop the style of either Lennon or Sir Paul. There would not otherwise be such a thing as power-pop. Michael Penn did things differently. His first single, “No Myth,” from his first album, “March,” channels the spirit of Beatle George. And he does it admirably. Like the best of Harrison’s work, there are complexities and nuances in this track that reward repeated listenings. One of my favorite singles of all time.
See, it was just too soon to tell
and looking for some parallel
can be an endless game
We said goodbye before hello
my secrets she will never know
and if I dig a hole to China
I’ll catch the first junk to Soho
The drum break on this song’s off-ramp floors me every time. I love songs that end as interestingly as they begin.