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EDITORS’ NOTES

Long before Jenny and Johnny started singing together, each had a separate entertainment career. Former child actor Jenny Lewis was the lead singer of Rilo Kiley, and Johnathan Rice, also an indie rock solo artist, played Roy Orbison in Walk the Line. Their debut album, I’m Having Fun Now, is essentially a seamless mesh of girl/boy voices articulating puzzling and profound lyrics over adorable, slightly surf-rock melodies. Though their wordplay is dark and often graphic, the instrumental tracks are surprisingly sanguine. “Switchblade” is a bewitching ode to a reckless, freewheeling youth, while “Big Wave” opines about a bankrupt California populated with low-libido-having, pill-popping denizens. Jenny cries, “We’re spending what we haven’t made.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Long before Jenny and Johnny started singing together, each had a separate entertainment career. Former child actor Jenny Lewis was the lead singer of Rilo Kiley, and Johnathan Rice, also an indie rock solo artist, played Roy Orbison in Walk the Line. Their debut album, I’m Having Fun Now, is essentially a seamless mesh of girl/boy voices articulating puzzling and profound lyrics over adorable, slightly surf-rock melodies. Though their wordplay is dark and often graphic, the instrumental tracks are surprisingly sanguine. “Switchblade” is a bewitching ode to a reckless, freewheeling youth, while “Big Wave” opines about a bankrupt California populated with low-libido-having, pill-popping denizens. Jenny cries, “We’re spending what we haven’t made.”

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About Jenny and Johnny

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice began working together in 2005, when Rice made a guest appearance on Lewis’ first solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat. Lewis returned the favor by singing on Rice’s own solo debut, Trouble Is Real, and the two continued their partnership after Rice joined Lewis’ touring band the following year. Following the Rabbit Fur Coat tour, Lewis and Rice began living together in Silverlake and working on new projects, including Rice’s sophomore effort Further North, Lewis’ Acid Tongue, and the Elvis Costello record Momofuku.

While touring in support of Acid Tongue, the two found themselves writing songs that were quicker and poppier than their previous material. Rather than release the new music on their respective solo albums, they formed Jenny and Johnny and traveled to Omaha, NE, where they spent the winter of 2009 recording a full album with Mike Mogis. The duo made their official debut one year later, when I’m Having Fun Now was released in August. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FORMED
    2009

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