Whatever happened to Fountains of Wayne? (c/d?)

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'Utopia Parkway' is still on high rotation at my place. Those harmonies are compulsively infectious! Aussie fans have heard nothing for several years now. Could somebody please update me on the band's status. Cheers.

Chris Radford (Chris Radford), Thursday, 24 April 2003 04:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

always got them confused with ben folds five...
i remember them having the odd song i liked though
what were their hits again?

robin (robin), Thursday, 24 April 2003 04:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Radiation Vibe

jm (jtm), Thursday, 24 April 2003 04:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

From Utopia - Denise, Red Dragon Tatoo, Valley of Malls, Senator's Daughter.........

Chris Radford (Chris Radford), Thursday, 24 April 2003 04:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

New album June 10!

Nick Mirov (nick), Thursday, 24 April 2003 05:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I always thought "Fountains of Wayne" was a rather odd name. Like calling yourself "Cascades of Bob" or "Cathedrals of Ernie".

colin s barrow (colin s barrow), Thursday, 24 April 2003 05:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Debut album >>>> Utopia Parkway

anyway, Nick is right, also see yesterday's Pitchfork-news for more details on the new album.

willem (willem), Thursday, 24 April 2003 06:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

re the name: they named themselves after an actual business in Wayne, New Jersey (called "Fountains of Wayne," like duh silly!)

re their music -- i have Utopia Parkway, which i think i listened to once four years ago and never again, and i remember just about nothing about it (except some cheesy song about high school proms). which says it all AFAIC.

Tad (llamasfur), Thursday, 24 April 2003 06:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I really like them. My girlfriend just put on the first one a few days ago. I remember reading on their website that they got together, made a record and then a year or so later they decided to do it again. They left it pretty open-ended. They said something like, "Maybe we'll do it again" or something, as if they had never considered it a career from the beginning (which, if memory serves, is about right. I think they got their contract just by some weird circumstance and they weren't a big promo & touring band). I'd like to hear a new one. I wonder if they generate enough money for that big label they were on.

Scaredy Cat, Thursday, 24 April 2003 06:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh ho, and now reading from the bottom up I see that there IS a new album! yay!

Scaredy Cat, Thursday, 24 April 2003 06:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Bought their debut album. Kind of like the songs, but still feel like powerpop works better without grunge influences.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 24 April 2003 06:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Debut album >>>> Utopia Parkway

No no no no! Utopia Parkway is much better, though the debut's singles are superior to Utopia's singles.

I distinctly recall them being good fun the one time I saw them live too. They had a cheerleader.

edward o (edwardo), Thursday, 24 April 2003 06:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dom passantino loves them...

"radiation vibe" is an incredible song. the rest of the album is cool enough, but nothing can quite match that one. didn't he write "that thing you do" for the tom hanks film?

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Thursday, 24 April 2003 08:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yep, he (schlesinger) did.
[must play the debut-alb. again, always gets airplay in our house during the summer and it feels like summer already!]

willem (willem), Thursday, 24 April 2003 08:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Sick Day" is my fave from the first record. Never got around to picking up the second but it's easy enough to find cheap second hand so maybe it's worth some searching out.

mms (mms), Thursday, 24 April 2003 09:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

CLASSIC.

stevie (stevie), Thursday, 24 April 2003 10:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

killian is OTM.

The design art for the new album is possibly my favourite album cover since "Beautiful Freak":

http://www.fountainsofwayne.com/fow.jpg

The actual "Fountains of Wayne" store is featured in an episode of The Sopranos, fact fans. It's where the black guy Tony gets fired from being a cop ends up working.

As for why they're great... quite simply, they just make such sublime, enjoyable, pure pop music, not pop as in the "made entirely from sugar" sense, but pop in just this form of "We can't do anything BUT make music" way. They're also the pussiest band ever, which you've got to love them for.

"Utopia Parkway" is better than the debut album, IMO, but "Leave The Biker" is the second finest thing they've ever done (behind their cover of "Today's Teardrops" by... Gene Pitney was it?)

Oh yeah, classic classic classic. CLASSIC.

"Will you stop pretending I've never been born/Now I look a little more like that guy from KoRn?"

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 24 April 2003 12:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

hmmm, I enjoy the debut better because it's like "We can't do anything BUT make music - AND it comes out naturally", whereas Utopia Parkway is more like "We can't do anything BUT make music - but we had to try a little harder this time". strictly IMO, of course.

and that cover-design is indeed superb.

willem (willem), Thursday, 24 April 2003 13:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
REVIVE!

Because the new album is out now! And it's great! Nowhere near as good as Utopia Parkway, but really, what is?

Stacy's Mom is adorable. Download it now. Or buy the album, if anyone still does that.

edward o (edwardo), Sunday, 15 June 2003 09:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

FOW have put out two excellent Xmas singles, too.

Chris Clark (Chris Clark), Sunday, 15 June 2003 13:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
Radiation Vibe is so so great.

Gregory Henry (Gregory Henry), Sunday, 6 June 2004 02:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

RIP original Fountains Of Wayne
http://hometowntales.blogspot.com/2009/06/fountains-of-wayne.html

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 25 June 2009 19:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

...But their name lives on!

Jesus X, the Arthropod Barrista (res), Thursday, 25 June 2009 19:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Hearing good things about the new one. Anyone heard it?

Gukbe, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 18:09 (six years ago) Permalink

Had no idea they had a new one coming, tbh. I liked Traffic and Weather alright I guess, but it also felt like the first time the band was kind of spinning their wheels.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 18:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Listened to two thirds of it. It's much more sedate: none of the huge choruses; none of the big guitars.

Trudi Styler, the Creator (ithappens), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 19:22 (six years ago) Permalink

It seems to follow the same pattern as the last few for me - the first listen seems very underwhelming, but by the second or third listen everything is clicking into place. Another winner, at least for me.

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 19:24 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm thinking I should reassess Traffic and Weather, since I probably only listened to it once.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Traffic and Weather is where I jumped ship (and I purchased and sat through that b-sides collection they released)

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 21:46 (six years ago) Permalink

Traffic and weather was exactly the same for me - underwhelming. If nothing starts clicking after three listens then you can probably safely continue to ignore it but it took about that long to reveal itself to me. Same with the new one.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 21 July 2011 00:13 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah I only gave Traffic and Weather a couple of listens. Liked 'someone to love' as a lead single but nothing really struck me too much. Might reassess. Where can one hear the new one?

owenf, Thursday, 21 July 2011 00:23 (six years ago) Permalink

Traffic and Weather was a bit of a letdown after the stellar Welcome Interstate Managers. I have high hopes for this one.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 21 July 2011 04:56 (six years ago) Permalink

This one is better than Traffic and Weather, which seemed very by numbers, and where the lack of empathy for the subjects was very offputting - but had one killer song in I-95. They seem to have done a Teenage Fanclub - reached the point in their career where they can't be bothered to write rockers anymore. This one's almost entirely mid-tempo and understated, and the guitars never crunch: the dominant texture is acoustic guitar overlaid with muted electric. It's got a lot more in common with Crowded House than Cheap Trick. There's another meta-song where Collingwood explains that he's writing the song for someone, but it's not as good as Valley Winter Song. There are several songs that make reference to consumer goods and the year they were made. I'm not sure yet whether to feel disappointed

Trudi Styler, the Creator (ithappens), Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:42 (six years ago) Permalink

I think I probably liked Traffic and Weather a lot more than most other people but admittedly Welcome Interstate Managers was a higher mark that Traffic would have struggled to reach no matter what. If anything bugged me about Traffic, it's probably that it seemed to be trying too hard to go for yuk yuks (title track, "Strapped for Cash") and some of the good stuff didn't seem to stand so high because of it ("Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim", "Hotel Majestic"). That's not so big a problem here.

The lack of blazing guitars here doesn't bug me so much - that's not really what drew me to them in the first place, though I never complained when they went there. "Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart" and "A Dip in the Ocean" from the new one are probably the ones with the loudest guitars and yeah, they're definitely not overpowering. It's okay by me.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:30 (six years ago) Permalink

I strongly support buzzy FoW over ballady FoW so I'm concerned about this, but will loyally buy it.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 21 July 2011 14:43 (six years ago) Permalink

I always thought FoW would be so good at pop writing especially for the Kelly Clarkson and Pink pop rock types. Although maybe their revelry in the mundane isn't aspirational enough for that kind of thing.

owenf, Thursday, 21 July 2011 15:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Heh, yeah, was saying elsewhere that I think their songs would lend themselves better to covers by country artists.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 21 July 2011 15:42 (six years ago) Permalink

On first listen, I'm impressed with "Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart", "A Dip in the Ocean", "A Road Song" (though kind of paint by numbers), "Workingman's Hands" (not quite "Hung Up on You" but nice slide guitar), and "The Summer Place". "Richie and Ruben" is seriously distressing, as is to a lesser extent "Acela". The slice of life vignettes are a key part of FOW's songwriting but they work better with "he" or "she" subjects that allow listeners to filter their own experiences through the story. Desmond and Molly/proper noun tracks about specific people or well-known things just don't work because the music stops doing the talking and the stories tend to be clunky and strange. "Hate to See You Like This" and "Radio Bar" could be growers.

I continue to find it interesting that they have dabbled so enthusiastically in hypercompression and vocal processing. This obviously isn't new ("Maureen" was the first time I noticed the loudness war, before I knew what the term even meant) but still unfortunate when the melodies and vocals don't need any extra help. Brendan Benson did the same thing on his latest album, usually to negative effect. "Radiation Vibe" and "Survival Car" sound so organic and, well, REAL by comparison. "Firelight Waltz" verges on Rascal Flatts territory.

skip, Friday, 22 July 2011 03:16 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm almost hearing more Owsley (circa his self-titled album) than Fountains of Wayne in a lot of these tracks.

skip, Friday, 22 July 2011 03:38 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't think there's any more need to discuss this album: the Jersey Journal has had its say.

http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2011/07/melodic_witty_songs_on_fountai.html

This should perhaps be in the worst music writing thread.

Trudi Styler, the Creator (ithappens), Friday, 22 July 2011 13:24 (six years ago) Permalink

First album classic, second great, third meh, 4th a smarm-fest - this: meh.

Colin Allstations (PaulTMA), Friday, 22 July 2011 13:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Gamemaster1015 July 21, 2011 at 4:46PM

Power pop? Is that really a music genre?

skip, Friday, 22 July 2011 14:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Hawaii 5-0? WTF??

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 22 July 2011 14:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Live perf / interview on WFMU momentarily

http://wfmu.org/upcoming#9934

you call it trollin' i call it steamrollin' (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 23 July 2011 15:40 (six years ago) Permalink

I want to live in this alternate universe where "Red Dragon Tattoo" is played on the radio.

skip, Saturday, 23 July 2011 16:02 (six years ago) Permalink

Richie and Ruben sucks live as well...not sure why they are leading with this track. I Hate to See You Like This is a good second song though.

skip, Saturday, 23 July 2011 16:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Halfway in, liking this much better than Traffic and Weather.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 02:25 (six years ago) Permalink

Nothing is as bad as Traffic And Weather....

This is is their best since Utopia Parkway, which admittedly isn't saying much, though it's a huge improvement

Colin Allstations (PaulTMA), Tuesday, 26 July 2011 03:27 (six years ago) Permalink

That's twice you've made this somewhat baffling assertion that Welcome Interstate Managers isn't all that good. I mean I like Utopia Parkway just fine but still surprised that you find it better than WIM...what was it about it you found so "meh"? Honestly curious here.

Sean Carruthers, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 03:55 (six years ago) Permalink

Me too. Some days, WIM is my favorite. So many great songs.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 04:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Mexican Wine / Bright Future in Sales / Stacy's Mom might be the best consecutive run of three songs in their whole catalogue, but after that WiM drops off steeply for me -- but again this may just be becaue their ballads and country pastiches don't do it for me.

I think I prefer "California Sex Lawyer" to anything on Traffic and Weather.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 15:15 (six years ago) Permalink

they'll never touch the debut IMO, it's the only one that's not just listenable but great, front-to-back. then again I prefer the comparatively "lo-fi" two-member recording style.

WIM does have four or five great songs though.

THIS IS SATIRE BTW (Simon H.), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 15:21 (six years ago) Permalink

That's twice you've made this somewhat baffling assertion that Welcome Interstate Managers isn't all that good. I mean I like Utopia Parkway just fine but still surprised that you find it better than WIM...what was it about it you found so "meh"? Honestly curious here.

Well, I did one of the occasional attempts at a Welcome Interstate Managers reassessment this afternoon and I have to report I remain unconvinced there's a single great song on there. 'Mexican Wine' and 'Halley's Waitress' come closest, though'. For me, the level of uninteresting acoustic cheese songs is way, way too high and the upbeat stuff - well, there's hardly any of it. 'Bright Future In Sales' and 'Mexican Wine' are OK for cheesy, semi-ironic rawk value... 'Hey Julie', 'Valley Winter Song' - I'm guessing a fan favourites here - are just dull. 'Fire Island', 'Peace And Love' and 'Supercollider' are just flat-out dreadful, the latter appearing to be a bewildering homage to 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants'-era Oasis. The recurring businessman lyrical theme is uninteresting, these and the other characters don't present themselves as people captivating enough to be cared about, which seems kind of important for what I'm guessing FoW wish to achieve.

I'm yet to revisit what I remember as the appalling Traffic And Weather, but I'm pleased to say the new album has the pre-WIM spark back and sounds more like the logical follow-up to 'Utopia Parkway', which sags towards the end like all of their albums except for the debut, though was otherwise a pretty great album.

Colin Allstations (PaulTMA), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Mexican Wine / Bright Future in Sales / Stacy's Mom might be the best consecutive run of three songs in their whole catalogue, but after that WiM drops off steeply for me

B-b-but..."Hey Julie" and "Hackensack!"

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:10 (six years ago) Permalink

"Valley Winter Song" is all time.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:46 (six years ago) Permalink

The new album is kind of great. Not reallly "meh" until near the end. I'm lovin it!!!!

Colin Allstations (PaulTMA), Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:19 (six years ago) Permalink

sorry to come in with the 'prefer the early stuff' but never heard anything as good as Radiation Vibe...just sounds effortless

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:24 (six years ago) Permalink

They are on Letterman tonight (also featuring Louis CK!)

Gukbe, Friday, 29 July 2011 02:11 (six years ago) Permalink

never heard anything as good as Radiation Vibe

to me this is so obviously correct that it doesn't detract from the rest of what they did, it's no more "prefer the early stuff" than saying violent femmes never equalled "blister in the sun"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 29 July 2011 02:35 (six years ago) Permalink

First time watching Letterman in like ten years but I happen to be in front of the TV and the Louise / FoW doubleshot is too good to pass up for Golden Girls reruns tonight

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Friday, 29 July 2011 04:01 (six years ago) Permalink

They were good! They came across a lot more 'stylish' than I expected (even if that style was 'ironic detachment'), and I came away liking that "Dip In The Ocean" song more than I did initially, so, success.

Kirstie Alley is insufferable.

Louie was good.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Friday, 29 July 2011 06:31 (six years ago) Permalink

As far as early FOW goes, "Leave the Biker" > "Radiation Vibe." Just sayin'.

Dave Zuul (Phil D.), Friday, 29 July 2011 13:36 (six years ago) Permalink

You don't have to fuck anything if you disagree, though.

Dave Zuul (Phil D.), Friday, 29 July 2011 13:36 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm a "Survival Car" guy, myself.

Just found out that "A Road Song" from their new album has also been covered by America of all bands, on their new covers album. Huh!

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 29 July 2011 17:53 (six years ago) Permalink

"Survival Car" is great! Maybe we should poll the album, there are a ton of little gems on there.

Dave Zuul (Phil D.), Friday, 29 July 2011 18:26 (six years ago) Permalink

FoW albums ranking
1 Debut
2 WiM
3 The new one
4 Utopia Parkway

5 Traffic and Weather

Trudi Styler, the Creator (ithappens), Saturday, 30 July 2011 16:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Can't argue with that too much except to say that 1 and 2 positions are probably changed for me most of the time.

Sean Carruthers, Saturday, 30 July 2011 19:39 (six years ago) Permalink

1 Debut
2 Utopia Parkway
3 The new one

enormous drop-off

4 Welcome Interstate Managers
5 Andrew Ridgely's 'Son Of Albert'
6 Traffic And Weather

Colin Allstations (PaulTMA), Saturday, 30 July 2011 21:02 (six years ago) Permalink

to me this is so obviously correct that it doesn't detract from the rest of what they did, it's no more "prefer the early stuff" than saying violent femmes never equalled "blister in the sun"

Mudhoney to thread

lol at the Andrew Ridgely

Master of Treacle, Saturday, 30 July 2011 23:18 (six years ago) Permalink

B-b-but..."Hey Julie" and "Hackensack!"

Fer crying out loud people! What about their unquestioned masterpiece, No Better Place? Their best evah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 30 July 2011 23:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the WIM hate on here is bananas.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 31 July 2011 00:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Data point: downloaded the album last night, went to bed, woke up feeling kinda miserable, ate breakfast, started playing new album. Instantly felt less miserable!

Also, WIM is jam-packed with hits.

T.S. Eliot-themed roach fetish porn (silby), Wednesday, 3 August 2011 14:07 (six years ago) Permalink

This new is actually pretty good, I can see myself returning to it a lot more than Traffic and Weather.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 14:09 (six years ago) Permalink

All the talk about the mellowness of much of the new one has me hesitant to even listen, even if it supposedly better than the last one. But probably will

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 14:55 (six years ago) Permalink

It's more of a grower than any of their others (I know that's a weird word to use when describing a power pop band known for instantly likable hits), but worth the effort I think. About a million times better than Traffic and Weather. I'm really enjoying this new one.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 15:32 (six years ago) Permalink

They're alternating electronic and acoustic shows on their current US tour (or at least the DC area gigs offer 1 of each)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 16:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Electronic?? What have you done with my Fountains of Wayne? (Guessing you mean electric, but if they've gone the full-Mould, it could be...interesting?)

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 17:17 (six years ago) Permalink

ha

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 18:32 (six years ago) Permalink

At the time it seemed good, but there's a smarminess to Traffic and Weather that's hard to identify until you hear it alongside the other albums--something in the production is really off and the Desmond & Molly-itis is almost unbearable at times. I think the debut is missing some polish but I can see why people prefer it to their later stuff. IMO the highs aren't as high as on WIM or Utopia.

1. WIM
2. Utopia Parkway
...
3. s/t
....
4. Traffic & Weather

My back of the envelope 1-CD greatest hits would have 4 from FOW and T&W, 5 from Utopia, 8 from WIM, and Maureen. The new one will probably slot in at #4 ahead of T&W. I've listened it to it 9-10 times already and it's holding up. The shirt they give you with the Yep Roc package is also nice.

skip, Thursday, 4 August 2011 23:46 (six years ago) Permalink

OK, I take back what I said about "Richie and Ruben". That is some catchy shit.

skip, Friday, 12 August 2011 15:47 (six years ago) Permalink

The Summer Place, Richie & Ruben, Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart and A Drop In The Ocean = great new FoW songs.

Colin Allstations (PaulTMA), Saturday, 13 August 2011 04:07 (six years ago) Permalink

I like this more every time I hear it. The only one I'm not sold on right now is "Radio Bar." Think it's the sax.

My wife doesn't understand why I like this band, btw.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 13 August 2011 14:03 (six years ago) Permalink

I also just realized how much this band reminds me of Grandaddy circa Sumday. "El Caminos In The West" could have been a FoW tune. Anyone ever make this connection?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 13 August 2011 21:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Gotta say I've never made the connection to Grandaddy, but I have made the connection from both of them to Electric Light Orchestra so there's probably something in that!

Sean Carruthers, Saturday, 13 August 2011 21:14 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I love this record.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 16:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Me too. Weirdly, something of a grower, but I find myself passing over, cooler, more recently acquired other things to hear it when I'm driving. I like every song except "Radio Bar" (still not sold on that one).

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:54 (six years ago) Permalink

I chose walking in the sunshine to give this a first listen, and it worked alright, but I'm still not pulled in. I have a feeling that at some point in the future, I'll put it on and it will click, because I can tell that's it pretty solid even if I'm not yet overly-enthused. But the summer season is waning and I feel I need to act right now.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 21:04 (six years ago) Permalink

"summer place" was in my head today.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 1 September 2011 01:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Thought this would be about Hurricane Irene flooding.

Hipster Shake Boogie (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 1 September 2011 01:41 (six years ago) Permalink

We're having a rough time here in NJ. Take a look at Wayne's Willowbrook Mall, just about a mile from what once was the actual Fountains of Wayne store....

http://media.northjersey.com/images/0830a_a3willowbrook.jpg

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 1 September 2011 01:57 (six years ago) Permalink

http://media.northjersey.com/images/0830a_a3willowbrook.jpg

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 1 September 2011 01:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Back to the record, this is quickly becoming my #2 Fountains of Wayne record, right behind Welcome Interstate Managers. It's so much better than Traffic and Weather.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 1 September 2011 01:59 (six years ago) Permalink

Your second sentence is definitely true, but I can't imagine ranking WIM over either of the first two.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 1 September 2011 02:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I think I'm with kornrulez

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 1 September 2011 12:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Maybe its nostalgia and all the hours I spent with the first two albums in college as an antidote to all the awful music my roommates were playing at the time, but I think those first two are pretty much perfect power pop albums. I'd rank 'em as:

Fountains of Wayne
Utopia Parkway
Welcome Interstate Managers
Sky Full of Holes (although, with time, I think this may climb to #3)
Traffic and Weatehr (definitely their worst)

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Thursday, 1 September 2011 13:37 (six years ago) Permalink

I like this new record quite a bit after a couple of listens but unlike their other three good albums, I can't get into it TOO much because there's one song ("Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart") that is so far ahead of the other songs, it's absolutely perfect, maybe the best song they've done since the second album, so the other songs haven't had a fair hearing from me. Might listen to it front to back while skipping that one...

unskinny blap (edwardo), Sunday, 4 September 2011 15:23 (six years ago) Permalink

jon OTM. First album is just classic after classic. Traffic and Weather was, I think, them trying too hard to be Steely Dan for middlebrow people, but mostly failed. (Although "Someone To Love" is still great.)

Ad hom . . . in em's cock? (Phil D.), Sunday, 4 September 2011 16:37 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, a lot of enjoyable but imperfect tracks on the new one. Even "Someone" has a repeat or two too many. Better than traffic and weather which is full some superficially well written songs that are just not that fun to listen to.

skip, Sunday, 4 September 2011 23:20 (six years ago) Permalink

I agree that track is the obvious standout though.

skip, Sunday, 4 September 2011 23:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Xgau's certainly given them a lot of coverage lately (given his word limit). I dunno, they seem better as singles artists to me.

dow, Sunday, 4 September 2011 23:32 (six years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

Just scored their catalogue up through & including Out of State Plates for $6 at a library sale.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 9 September 2017 20:36 (two months ago) Permalink


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