Hundred Acre Hanley

Kay Hanley‘s bold, bright vocals and rocket-hot lyrics made Letters to Cleo one of my favorite bands of the 1990s. I still listen to their 1997 album Go! all the time.

Kay’s solo songs are just as stellar as the good, good stuff Letters to Cleo cranked out, and she’s also involved in a side-project super-group called The Dilettantes. Kay and Michelle Lewis are on every song, with special guests including Lisa Loeb, Nina Gordon, Leah Andreone and Tracy Bonham.

And if you liked the music in Josie and the Pussycats, with its punk-rock verses and power-pop choruses, it was Kay Hanley’s voice actually doing all the singing.

You also probably saw her belting out “I Want You to Want Me” with Letters to Cleo in 10 Things I Hate About You.

Kay’s latest gig is singing the theme song for Disney’s My Friends Tigger & Pooh.


Adorable! It’s such a sweet, fun, breezy little song. (Though I have to say I’m opposed to computer-generated cartoon characters; I prefer the old-fashioned hand-animated stuff.)

Congratulations, Kay! It’s always good to see someone with so much talent getting recognition from music fans of all ages.

And she’s so gorgeous it hurts.

And you should go to her website and buy all of her records, and maybe a poster, too.