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Fountains Of Wayne

Although Fountains of Wayne didn't enjoy mainstream attention until the release of "Stacy's Mom" in 2003, the band had already established itself as one of America's strongest power pop acts. Based in New Jersey, the group first appeared in 1996 with a mix of British-influenced pop songs, lo-fi production, and wry lyrics about dead-end jobs and biker boyfriends. Fountains of Wayne expanded their lineup and polished up their sound during the following years, eventually hitting gold with 2003's Welcome Interstate Managers. While that album proved to be something of a fluke success, the band continued releasing well-crafted records throughout the subsequent years. Meanwhile, co-founder Adam Schlesinger enjoyed a separate career as a producer and ghostwriter for other artists.

Schlesinger first crossed paths with Chris Collingwood in 1986, while both were studying at Massachusetts' Williams College. Sharing a mutual affection for melodic British pop, the two formed a series of short-lived bands before recording an LP under the name Pinwheel. The duo split up after legal hassles blocked the album's release, with Schlesinger resurfacing as part of the indie pop band Ivy and Collingwood joining a Boston-based country group named the Mercy Buckets. The two musicians eventually reunited in 1996 as Fountains of Wayne, christening their band after a lawn ornament store in Wayne, NJ. Atlantic Records released the duo's self-titled LP that same year, and Schlesinger helped create some more buzz by authoring the title song to the movie That Thing You Do!

Schlesinger's contributions to the film's soundtrack garnered a Grammy nomination and an RIAA gold certification in 1997. Fountains of Wayne's own album only enjoyed a sliver of that success, though, selling roughly 125,000 copies in America. Despite a lack of mainstream attention, the band toured the world alongside the Lemonheads and the Smashing Pumpkins. The addition of two touring musicians -- guitarist Jody Porter and former Posies drummer Brian Young -- helped round out the band's sound, and both became official members during the recording of Utopia Parkway. Released in 1999, the album expanded the band's catalog with slicker production, beefier harmonies, and Porter's muscled guitar work. Despite the popularity of "Denise" at college radio, Utopia Parkway sold poorly. Frustrations grew between Fountains of Wayne and Atlantic Records, who neglected to promote the song "Trouble Times" as a single, and the band was dropped from Atlantic's roster in late 1999. A long hiatus followed, during which Schlesinger co-wrote several songs for the Josie and the Pussycats film, released a third album with Ivy, and produced albums for the Verve Pipe, David Mead, and They Might Be Giants.

The musicians reconvened four years later, funneling their own money into the creation of Welcome Interstate Managers. Released in 2003 on the newly minted S-Curve label, the album gave Fountains of Wayne its first taste of Billboard-certified success with "Stacy's Mom," a hit across several charts and the band's first Top 40 entry. The accompanying music video featured Rachel Hunter as the song's voluptuous title character; perhaps predictably so, it became a staple at MTV. The subsequent singles "Mexican Wine" and "Hey Julie" fared less well, but Welcome Interstate Managers nevertheless went gold, whetting the public's appetite for future Fountains of Wayne releases.

The double-disc compilation album Out-of-State Plates arrived in 2005, sporting two new songs (including the single "Maureen"), several live cuts, and a wealth of rarities. Fountains of Wayne launched a limited tour before returning home, where Schlesinger kept up his songwriting chops by penning four tracks for the soundtrack to the 2007 film Music & Lyrics. That same year also saw the release of another FOW album, Traffic and Weather, which continued the band's tradition of fusing power pop with lyrics about travel, relationships, and workplace boredom. While working on a follow-up album, Schlesinger found time to play alongside Taylor Hanson, James Iha, and Bun E. Carlos in the pop supergroup Tinted Windows, whose debut album appeared in 2009. Later that year, Schlesinger joined Fountains of Wayne on a full-band acoustic tour, using the opportunity to play a handful of new songs in front of a live audience. Most of the new material found its way onto the band's next album, Sky Full of Holes, which doubled as their first release for Yep Roc in 2011. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Traffic And Weather

1. Someone To Love

2. '92 Subaru

3. Yolanda Hayes

4. Traffic And Weather

5. Fire In The Canyon

6. This Better Be Good

7. Revolving Dora

8. Michael And Heather At The Baggage Claim

9. Strapped For Cash

10. I-95

11. The Hotel Majestic

12. Planet Of Weed

13. New Routine

14. Seatbacks And Tray Tables

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Track List: Welcome Interstate Managers

1. Mexican Wine

2. Bright Future In Sales

3. Stacy's Mom

4. Hackensack

5. No Better Place

6. Valley Winter Song

7. All Kinds Of Time

8. Little Red Light

9. Hey Julie

10. Halley's Waitress

11. Hung Up On You

12. Fire Island

13. Peace And Love

14. Bought For A Song

15. Supercollider

16. Yours And Mine

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Track List: Utopia Parkway

1. Utopia Parkway

2. Red Dragon Tattoo

3. Denise

4. Hat And Feet

5. The Valley Of Malls

6. Troubled Times

7. Go, Hippie

8. A Fine Day For A Parade

9. Amity Gardens

10. Laser Show

11. Lost In Space

12. Prom Theme

13. It Must Be Summer

14. The Senator's Daughter

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Track List: Fountains Of Wayne

1. Radiation Vibe

2. Sink To The Bottom

3. Joe Rey

4. She's Got A Problem

5. Survival Car

6. Barbara H.

7. Sick Day

8. I've Got A Flair

9. Leave The Biker

10. You Curse At Girls

11. Please Don't Rock Me Tonight

12. Everything's Ruined

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Track List: Sky Full Of Holes

1. The Summer Place

2. Richie And Ruben

3. Acela

4. Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart

5. Action Hero

6. A Dip In The Ocean

7. Cold Comfort Flowers

8. A Road Song

9. Workingman's Hands

10. Hate To See You Like This

11. Radio Bar

12. Firelight Waltz

13. Cemetery Guns

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mysteriousst r a n g e r 5 4 5
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Love this song
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Kiss ur left hand
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Say ur crushes name
Pick a school day
Say ur name and open ur hand if u post this on five other songs ur crush will ask u out on that day
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Is This Pop?
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Alternative generally imho ... its also often called 'power pop'
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What is this genre of music? Pop-Rock? Power Pop? (seriously need to know)
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life now that you have been reading this don't stop of you ignore you will have bad luck post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes when you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen
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XD STACY'S MOM HAS GOT IT GOING ON IS LIFE!
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I love your music
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Olivia's mom's gotta going on
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bless that this song will come out of my generation
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SERENITY
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I LOVE STACY'S MOM!!!
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Love the music, Red Dragon Tattoo is the best.
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I wonder if kids got the term "I f**ked your mom" from this song����
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The comments XD the song is catchy ヾ(⌐■_■)ノ♪
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Wooooooooooo o o o o ✌❤
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I think Stacy's mom is a little too old now.
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I HAVE TO SEND THIS SONG TO MY FRIEND.
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I don't know whether I love this song or Mexican wine better. They're both amaze-balls.
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this song is life
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Love this song
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tysonrood
I love your video for the song Stacey's mom it is halairous!!!
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Casually naming my child stacy
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Jkumu
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But seriously- what's this doing on my death metal station
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\^^| Fingerknuckl e b u m p k n u c k l e b u m p f i n g e r
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This song reminds me of an ol' show called loveline on kroq fm 106.7 radio
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funny thing, my aunts name is stacy so would that mean my grandmother has got it going on?
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Stacy's Mom reminds me of calum and Michael singing
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guess what apparently this works if you stop posting retarded chain mail you won't get reported :D
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One of the best bands ever. Sweet sentiment, tight arrangements , jangly guitars, concise, melodic, clever and intelligent lyrics, with a wink and a hint of sarcasm and an undercurrent of wistful longing. FOW can make you chuckle and shed tears before you know what hit you.
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"Hackensack" is my all time favourite song by FOW. Makes me think of Just Friends :)
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New Routine: The Diner that launches epic journeys to Lichtenstein , Bowling Green and China!?
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WHY WAS THIS ON MY PARAMORE RADIO
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Wtf is this
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Plot twist @Raspberries A r e D e l i c i o u s 's name is Stacy
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lucyobrien51 6 8
My dad introduced me to "Stacy's Mom" a few weeks ago and I still can't get it out of my head. 4/5 stars.
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amazing Song
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Huh
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I remember! When.....
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I love Fountains of Wayne!
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I sing Stiffler's mom and see Finch singing lol
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I have a friend named Stacy
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