It's been a while since anyone has heard from the once-popular band 'Til Tuesday.
Since the band broke out of Boston in 1985 with the huge hit "Voices Carry," it has been a long, downhill ride for singer/bassist Aimee Mann's band.
'Til Tuesday had two follow-up albums, "Welcome Home" and "Everything Is Different Now," but neither received much airplay or had nearly the gold success of the band's debut.
Since the third album flopped two years ago, Mann has been working diligently to get the band off of Epic Records and onto a label that she felt would better promote her music.
"It was to the point where DJs and critics weren't even getting the music from Epic," Mann said. "One DJ told me the only reason he got the last album was because his girlfriend found it at some record store."
Mann, who will be appearing at Max's On Broadway with 'Til Tuesday Saturday night, has since recorded another album and is shopping it to various record companies in hopes of getting the right deal.
"I just couldn't get motivated to do another album for Epic that was destined to fail," Mann said.
The biggest problem now is that any company that would sign 'Til Tuesday will have to pay Epic a fee to have the band.
"That makes us sort of unattractive," Mann said.
But, for her, being out of the public eye hasn't been all bad.
"I'm just trying to keep a low profile," Mann said. "To be honest, when I was really successful it was so much damn work. Now I can write songs and play some shows when I want. It was also just so uncomfortable being recognized all the time. I'm glad that doesn't exist anymore."
Mann said that she still looks the same -- "except that I wear glasses now and people only recognize me when I tease my hair" -- and that her splendid songwriting still tends to focus on short stories about friends.
"The problem is that people always seem to think the songs are about me or my experiences even if they're not," she said.
So 'Til Tuesday will move into 1991 looking for some degree of sucess but not in any big hurry to make another mistake by signing with the wrong record label.
"We're going to forge ahead," said Mann. "The bottom line and what what makes me happy is making the music we want to make. With the album we've done we didn't have some record company geek coming down to the studio telling us he wanted it to sound like a rhumba."
The concert calendar . . .
INXS is to perform at the Capital Centre in Landover March 1. Tickets, which are $22.50, go on sale Saturday morning at 10 at TicketCenters. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 481-6000. The Capital Centre also welcomes ZZ Top (Jan. 13 and 14) and Keith Sweat, Bell Biv Devoe and Johnny Gill (Jan. 24).
Also coming to Max's On Broadway are Dawada (tomorrow) and The Ocean Blue (Jan. 18).
Appearing at Hammerjacks are Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers (Jan. 26).
Vanilla Ice will perform at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., on Jan. 20. Iron Maiden plays the same venue on Feb. 1 and Conway Twitty, George Jones and Vince Gill appear there on Feb. 17.