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Fountains of Wayne

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Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger form the creative nucleus of Fountains Of Wayne, a New York-based band whose debut album combines soaring harmonies with sludge-filled guitars, clever wordplay with juvenile private jokes, innovative arrangements with shameless rock cliches... in short, everything good about popular music as we know it.

Fountains of Wayne is one of the leaders of the latest in a long series of power- pop revivals. If the music sounds a lot like mid-'60s pop rock, it's no accident, for the songwriters are unabashed British Invasion fans. The songs on the debut album, Fountains of Wayne, take perky, '60s-like hooks and marry them to ambiguous, unnerving, '90s-like lyrics. Some songs offer an untrustworthy narrator; when the singer complains about "Joe Rey," a Eurotrash jet-setter, you wonder whether he's expressing disdain or envy and whether the song's noisy guitar energy belongs to the band or to Joe Rey. And there's something about the pent-up Mersey-beat energy and pleading vocals of "Please Don't Rock Me Tonight" that make one suspect the singer doesn't really mean what he says. Schlesinger and Collingswood are undeniably clever, but they're not afraid to rock. --Geoffrey Himes

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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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78 of 87 people found the following review helpful By James F. Colobus on May 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
`Let me get this right', I stutter incredulously, `You mean to say that you DON'T own Fountains of Wayne's first CD?'
`What's the big deal?', you reply, a look of bemused detachment etched across your angular, but not unattractive, face, `I'm not big on Weezer-copy cats. I'll stick with the Blue album, thank-you-very-much.'
`I'll tell you the big deal!', I stammer, one hand clenched in a fist of rage, the other cradling a half-drunk bottle of IBC, `Fountains of Wayne is every bit as great as the legendary Blue album! The songs are just as catchy and well-crafted, the lyrics just as clever! You really owe it to yourself to give it a listen. Don't let your closed-mindedness deprive you of the aural pleasure being offered to you by Fountains of Wayne.'
`Okay, okay - you win,' you mutter resignedly, `I'll borrow your copy and give it a spin or two. Just don't expect me to love it the way you do.'
Well, guess what?! Just three weeks after the conversation detailed above took place, you couldn't thank me enough for turning you on to Fountains of Wayne. Honestly, no need to thank me - it makes me happy enough to see you singing along to `Survival Car' with that big ol' smile on your face.
That's what friends are for.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wolf on March 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I can't pretend to know what you'll like, but I can tell you that of all the albums we've heard and like, this is one of perhaps three that my musician friends and I agree has not one bad track. If you are new to the band and want to try them out, you really should get this one first. Then if you like it, you'll probably find parts of the other albums that you enjoy. I doubt you'll like any as well as this one--the others just are not the same--that new thing included.

But will you like it? First, understand that FofW is hardly technically awe-inspiring. They play simple chords with simple melodies. If you like Weezer for this reason, or any number of other "fun" rock bands that know how to make a song that will stick in your head whistle-ready, there is a good chance you'll like this one. I enjoy complex music and all, but there is something to be said for a song that is simple but memorable in its own way. Here's a whole album of them.

Lyrics: I like how they are also simple--kind of a marriage of blue collar ideals, which is what the lyrics tend to touch on: those strange little quirks of suburbia and sort-of-urban nights and days, poem read in the light of a street lamp coming home from the party where the cute girl smiled at you finally. That sort of thing. Some characters in these lyrics: a fat biker with a hot girlfriend and crumbs in his beard, a guy who should stop cursing at girls (reasons given, then), a guy with an offer to ride in his "survival car," a girl that makes you want to break stuff and blame it on a stranger, etc. Fun.

Bottom line: my musician friends and I said, in turn, "Hmm, that's good stuff. Not landmark, but those are some cool songs."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marc Loi on February 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard of the Fountains of Wayne on the radio, I was impressed. Their second album, entitled "Utopia Parkway" got me hooked right away, and so I had to go out and find their debut CD. I was pleasantly surprised that the contents of both their self-titled album and Utopia Parkway as being very mellow and innocent...sort of, sophomoric, if you will. Let's take my favorite song, "Leave the Biker", for example. "Oh, can't you see my world is falling apart? Baby, please leave the biker. Leave the biker, break his heart." What girl wouldn't leave her man for the sweet guy that would ever sing that to her? While the band is not a hard-rock, pump-it-up type band, it sure gets one's heart pumping. Let's take "Don't rock me tonight" for example, the song is not only witty and satirical, it also has the 70's elements of rock that makes one want to just go around and sing the song all day long. Of course, how could anyone write a review for FoW without mentioning "Everything's ruined"? Given a touch of the Beach Boy's "Surfer Girl" and blended with the elements of high-school love, the song is about a guy telling his dream girl to slow down with her activities with her boyfriend, because as we know, when it comes to teenage sexual relationships, " false move, baby, suddenly everything's ruined." This CD is a must for any music fan. :)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Blake Maddux on April 30, 2004
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Well, not quite, but the eponymous debut CD by Fountains of Wayne offers a catchy batch of songs with a synergetic effect. While it hints at full-fledged power pop at times, its saving grace is a generous helping of non-grungy alternative flavor (of course, it is alternative to the extent that it is power pop, which is never really fashionable anyway.) Songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood are not afraid to embrace the fact that they were high school losers, and they make particularly poignant observations about being so, as well as some keen insights into the love and work tribulations of their fellow twenty-somethings. Musically, they forgo (certainly not for the worse) the punkier elements of Weezer, but they also share many of their virtues: shiny production, quirky and occasionally silly sing-along lyrics, and loud, crunchy guitars. And while the CD may suffer slightly from a certain undernourishing quality that plagues almost all power pop, one can really only nitpick when the overall results are this good.

Several of the dozen songs on Fountains of Wayne fall into one (or both) of two categories: confrontational character studies and self-pitying personal laments. Of course, the distinction between these two categories isn't always completely obvious, and there are also times when they feel the pain of others. Their status as losers is evident in lyrics like "I wonder if he ever has cried, cause he couldn't get a date for the prom," and who else other than a couple of guys who weren't regularly getting some would think to say, "each time you curse at girls, you curse a little at yourself, don't you know a girl gets angry"?
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