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Mon. August 21.2000 8:38 AM EDT
Down-To-Earth Aaron Tippin Scores
With Basic Songs
When the country artist sings 'Kiss This,' he means just that.
by Correspondent Mikel Toombs
Aaron Tippin's newest album has already charted
higher than any of his previous seven.
Photo: Senor McGuire
Tippin's People Like Us recently debuted at #5 on the
Billboard Top Country Albums chart, it was not only his best debut
performance but also the highest position reached by any of his albums.
And even though People Like Us — his
second disc for the Lyric Street label, after six for RCA — backed off a
bit in its second week, the singer still seemed satisfied.
I'm happy as a fat hog in the sunshine," Tippin said from a tour stop in
Iowa. "I couldn't ask for anything better."
While basking in the
success of People Like Us (RealAudio
excerpt of title track), Tippin is at a loss to explain it. "Once
again," he said, "one thing I know in the music business: I don't know
"It's just a real Aaron Tippin record," offered Doug
Howard, Lyric Street vice president of A&R. "I think coming out of the
RCA days, perhaps people felt that what Aaron was all about, radio
Country radio has no trouble playing People Like
Us, and, in particular, "Kiss This" (RealAudio
excerpt), the feisty debut single. (Television has come along, as
well: Tippin will be the CMT Artist of the Month for October.)
man, 'Kiss This' is big guns. People love it," Tippin said. "When I get to
the chorus line, I'll be singing, 'Kiss this,' and they'll be pointing to
their butts. It's a lot of fun."
"Kiss This" was, as they say,
based on a true story — a minor domestic dispute between Tippin and his
wife, Thea. "We was havin' one of those family arguments," Tippin
recalled. "And I decided, that's enough. There's no more sense in
discussing this. So I said, 'That's enough. Let's kiss and make up.' And
we have a little 2-year-old running around, of course, so she can't say
exactly what you want to say. You have to talk around it. And so she said,
'Kiss? I tell you what, you can kiss this, buddy.'
[she] said, 'Wait a minute, I think that might make a good song idea.' And
she walked off and wrote it down."
"Kiss This," with credit also
going to Thea Tippin and Philip Douglas, is one of six songs Tippin
co-wrote for the album. This marks a return to form for Tippin, who made
his name with self-penned, blue-collar anthems such as "You've Got To
Stand for Something" (his first single, in 1991) and "Working Man's
Ph.D.," whose themes are echoed in the title song of People Like
"My latter years with RCA, the last couple albums I did
they didn't want me to write at all. That's the reason why I re-signed,"
Tippin said. "I just didn't think that the music was as much me as some
stuff we'd done in the past. I really got it pretty lucky. Because I have
a lot of old friends who were on the RCA label that work at Lyric Street
now. They want to let the singer and the songwriter shine on these
Tippin also is delighted that he can involve his family
on his new album. His wife co-wrote two songs and sings on one, "The Best
Love We Ever Made," the title of which refers to the conception of their
son, Teddy. In turn, Teddy makes an appearance at the end of "Big Boy
Toys," Tippin's salute to heavy machinery.
"This is my new favorite
record," Tippin said, "because it has so much of my family in it. There's
a picture of me and my children; there's a picture of me and my wife. My
wife co-wrote a couple of the songs; she's singing on one of the songs.
Golly, guy, it just doesn't get any better than that
This report is from MTV News.
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