Jenny and Johnny | I’m Having Fun Now

Those in red, you know what to do.

I’ve been a fan of Jenny Lewis, before I really knew who Jenny Lewis was.

As a child, one of my favorite movies was a Fred Savage and Christian Slater adventure movie called The Wizard, about three kids who travel cross country, so that the mentally and emotionally withdrawn youngest could compete in a video game competition (I remember this was one of the first glimpses of Super Mario Bros. 3 and the infamous warp whistles). The slogan was, “It’s More Than a Game; It’s the Chance of a Lifetime.” Brilliant. Anyhoo, the redhead tween (and for full disclosure, as a child I had a fascination and crush on every redhead I met) in the movie was none other than Jenny Lewis, who would about 20 years later, start the fabulous Rilo Kiley with fellow child star Blake Sennett (from Salute Your Shorts and Boy Meets World). Starting with a very country sound, the band quickly became more of a showcase for Jenny’s distinctive voice as they shifted to a more indie rock sound, and had a hit with the single Portions for Foxes in 2003. She also is featured prominently on The Postal Service’s Give Up album, as well as many Saddle Creek records. She continues to work with a number of artists across the indie spectrum from M. Ward, to Connor Oberst, to Brandon Flowers, to the Watson Twins. Her latest collaboration is with her current boyfriend, and established singer-songwriter in his own right, Johnathan Rice.

Loose, upbeat, and reminiscent of a lot of 60s and 70s California folky pop music, the album is a brisk easy listen. It would be easy to immediately compare the two, and their vintage stylings. to She & Him. However, Jenny and Johnny are definitely a little more rock and a little more roll. As per a number of Jenny Lewis’ collaborations, she often overshadows Johnathan Rice, even on tracks where he takes the lead (Scissor Runner and Big Wave are two standouts). All in all, the two compliment each other well though, and I look forward to seeing how they grow as a twosome in the future. Anyhoo, enjoy this light late summer album and have a lovely day.

Oh…and check out The Wizard if you ever see it somewhere, and let me know if it’s the masterpiece of cinema I once thought it was.

Enjoy these previews:

Scissor Runner
Big Wave