"Hush, hush. Keep it down now. Voices carry." Those words have been echoing through my brain since 1985, and I like it that way. Til' Tuesday's "Voices Carry" was one of the biggest hit smasheroo songs of that year, and the video likely left a permanent impression on the psyche of anyone who saw it, with blond shock-haired lead singer Aimee Mann standing up and singing "He said, shut up! He said, shut up! Oh God, can't you keep it down...?" in a crowded theater as her verbally abusive lame-o of a boyfriend cowered in embarrassment.
It was a classic, and pretty much the band's only major hit, but Mann eventually went on to a critically successful, Grammy award winning solo career, leaving the neon, new wave memories of her former band in the dust. She brings herself and her current backing band to Coeur d'Alene's Kroc Center this Saturday, October 10, in support of her latest CD, the amusingly titled "@#%&*! Smilers" and not only is it fantastic that she's coming to town, but it bodes rather well for the future of national big-name live acts in North Idaho. Hopefully, whoever is in charge of booking the concerts at the Kroc will continue to bring us great entertainment opportunities.
Below are some links to help you familiarize yourself with Miss Mann, if you aren't already, as well as a few videos to get you in the mood. By snagging a ticket for this show, not only are you going to see a great performance by a true talent, but you're also telling the Kroc people that it's worth it for them to book those kind of gigs. Do it!
Aimee Mann Wikipedia entry
Aimee Mann's My Space
Aimee Mann at All Music Guide