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Welcome Interstate Managers

Fountains Of WayneAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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Formed in New York in 1996, Fountains Of Wayne took its name from an iconic garden store in nearby Wayne, NJ (which, sadly, closed recently). The band has received steady critical accolades since its inception; "Dean Of American Rock Critics" Robert Christgau has called them "lyric poets" and "true art heroes." The group's line-up, which also includes ... Read more in Amazon's Fountains Of Wayne Store

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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: S-Curve Records
  • ASIN: B00009QGF2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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After a four-year hiatus notable for some film and television soundtrack work, a lapsed contract, and a relaxed songwriting schedule Fountains of Wayne return with their third and best CD to date. The New York-based power-pop quartet delivers a diverse feast of infectious melodies and endlessly clever lyrics. Songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood still slide on a sweet scale between the Beatles and the Monkees, but they've branched out from '60s sounds to include bona fide alt rock ("Little Red Light," "Bought for a Song"), orchestrated pop ("Halley's Waitress"), a country lark worthy of Dwight Yoakam ("Hung Up On You"), and hints of psychedelia ("Supercollider"). The Cars-flavored "Bright Future in Sales" and "Stacy's Mom" warrant heavy-rotation airplay. Following their acclaimed eponymous debut and the vastly underrated Utopia Parkway, Welcome Interstate Managers leaves no doubt that Fountains of Wayne are gaining strength. --Jeff Shannon

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Year's Best June 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Power pop has long taken a backseat to other genres and that's a real shame, especially when you consider that Fountains of Wayne is one of the best in the business. "Welcome Interstate Managers," the eastern coast quartet's third album, is easily one of the year's top albums.
The disc is full of sparkling, tuneful gems that just don't seem to stop. Stand-outs include the CD's impossibly catchy first three songs, "Mexican Wine," "Bright Future in Sales," and the first single, "Stacy's Mom," which deserves to be a #1 hit. The Fountains also shine on softer ballads like "Valley Winter Song," and "Hackensack." Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood might well be this decade's Difford and Tilbrook; Collingwood has some of the sweetest vocals this side of Chris Stamey.
Although the band is less successful on songs like "All Kinds of Time," and "Peace and Love," they don't distract from the disc's overall quality. I thought their last release, "Utopia Parkway," was one of the best cds of the last 10 years...what a shame it didn't get the attention it deserved. Here's hoping the band gets more notice on this one... buy it, you won't be sorry...and you'll probably end up buying their other two albums as well. They're really that good.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait June 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's been four years since Fountains of Wayne graced us with Utopia Parkway, which is right behind the Replacements' Tim in the "Why The Hell Didn't This Album Make Them Huge?" line. Pop hooks that hit you like Mike Tyson in 1986, lyrics about .38 Special CD collections and Bactine to prevent infection, and it sold diddly. Further proof, if you needed any, that the world is a dull, dirty place.
Well, they're back with Welcome Interstate Managers, and it is good. The first three tracks would be the best 1-2-3 punch of any album this year if the White Stripes didn't exist. That the subject matter includes cell phone explosions, a booze-addled salesman and lust for someone's mom both proves their genius and shows a tin ear for commercial prospects. Thank God. A lesser band would have taken the Cars-y riff on "Bright Future in Sales" and attached it to a song about a girl who needs love in the worst way, a way that only the lead singer can provide. I'm not saying we don't need those songs, but we do need to right the balance between boy/girl songs and soul-deadening career options songs. I think we're at one trillion to seven right now.
After you've played this troika over and over and get to the rest of the album, you'll notice that they show equal facility with the down tempo numbers as well. "All Kinds of Time," "Hackensack" and "Fire Island" have a wistfulness that Paul Simon used to conjure, and you will hum them for days.
Please, buy this record. Your summer depends on it.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop returns to the top August 7, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This CD has had me astonished for two months and I'm not sick of it at all yet. It has an overall feeling of catchy, absorbent and clever music so strong that makes you not want to listen to anything else. The band's sound is reminiscent of classic pop-rock, but no one else today makes this kind of music more cleverly and tastefully than they do.
A first listen is enough to realize that you are in front of a top quality album, highly catchy and smart, but it's after repeated tries that you finally lose all doubts that this is not less than a big pop masterpiece. Personally, perhaps I prefer the slower and more intimate songs (gems like 'Hackensack', 'Valley Winter Song', 'All Kinds of Time', 'Hey Julie' or 'Fire Island'). But on the other side, the more electric stuff is also brilliant: 'Mexican Wine', 'Stacy's Mom' and 'Bright Future in Sales' are perfect, unsurpassable catchy power pop songs. Then you have the sweet mid-tempo extravaganza ('Halley's Waitress'), the lovely country ballad ('Hung Up On You'), the tasteful, slightly psychedelic number ('No Better Place')... truly, it would be quicker to tell which kind of great pop song is not on this album than to go over all the gifts it contains. And this perfectly written tunes are also so smartly arranged that you can enjoy finding all the lot of musical layers that support and embellish the songs while they always remain fresh and true. I know someone may find all this praise exaggerated; but not someone who loves great pop music -basically, great melodies and great lyrics- and has listened to this CD (both conditions must hold). This latter one knows what I'm talking about (and so will you if you buy this glorious CD).
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect anesthetic for trying times June 12, 2003
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On their third release, Fountains of Wayne again reminds us what we love most about beautiful pop music. This is, in short, a truly stunning album. It's all here - immediately catchy hooks, smart lyrics, and an almost uncanny melodic sensibility. The 1-2-3 punch of the opening tracks, "Mexican Wine", "Bright Future in Sales", and "Stacy's Mom" alone is worth the price of admission. Pop in the CD, press play, and from the moment you hear that wistful first line about an exploding cell phone, you'll find yourself unable to stop smiling and singing along. Highly, highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good as a Younger Effort
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this album. I gave it four instead of five stars because my first introduction to Fountains of Wayne was Sky Full of Holes, which I think is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by William A. Frey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by JUAN CARLOS GARCIA CRISTOBAL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Mike Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars this album is still great
Not sure what happened to FoW, but I am still listening to this album after
all these years. Something about middle America is appealing here, they
could (and should? Read more
Published 10 months ago by H. Winslow
5.0 out of 5 stars Has a surprise around every corner, and I love it!
Fountains of Wayne burst on the scene in the mid-1990s, and have been producing that great Power-Pop sound ever since. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Stacey's mom
I like this song but unfortunately I only received 12 seconds of download for my buck twenty nine. Guess that money is down the crapper. No recourse through amazon.
Published 17 months ago by Paulwisc
5.0 out of 5 stars Stayed for one song but listened to whole album
I really bought this for one song "Stacys Mom" But then decided to listen to whole cd. I got to say never heard of Fountains of Wayne but now after I am a fan. Read more
Published 17 months ago by C6R6S
5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of pop
Killer musical hooks and great lyrics. The songs are portraits of varied characters from all walks of life - set to melodies that grab me and keep me knee bouncing along.
Published 20 months ago by eah1963
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fountains of Wayne album to have!
This is an album I always come back to on my MP3 player. Not only does it have "Stacy's Mom", which was a fairly ubiquitous song a few years ago, but it's got a lot of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Brian Hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is a great album. You can tell it is a great album from reading the other reviews, there isn't a consensus on what the best songs are. Read more
Published 22 months ago by betterdays2
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