Fountains of Wayne
Fountains of Wayne
with special guests
Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star)
Fountains of Wayne is an American power pop band formed in 1996 and known for such singles as "Radiation Vibe", and "Stacy's Mom".
The band was formed by Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood. The two first met as freshmen at Williams College and began playing music together in various bands. They eventually went their separate ways, with Collingwood forming the Mercy Buckets in Boston and Schlesinger forming Ivy in New York City. The two met up once again during the mid-1990s and formed Fountains of Wayne.
The band name was taken from Fountains of Wayne, a lawn ornament store in Wayne, New Jersey. The store is located at the intersection of Route 46 and Route 23, not far from Montclair, New Jersey, the hometown of the band's bassist and cofounder Adam Schlesinger. The store can be seen in The Sopranos episode "Another Toothpick". Initially the band went by other names, including Are You My Mother? and Woolly Mammoth.
Fountains of Wayne (album)
A demo eventually landed the two a deal with Atlantic Records, and in 1996 the band released its self-titled debut. The album spawned the singles "Radiation Vibe" and "Sink to the Bottom", which both received airplay. Coincidentally, at around the same time the title song for the film That Thing You Do!, which Schlesinger wrote, became a hit. "That Thing You Do!" also brought Schlesinger an Oscar nomination and an RIAA gold certification for the hit soundtrack.
Along with guitarist Jody Porter and drummer Brian Young, the band toured the world extensively behind the album, playing alongside bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins and The Lemonheads. However the album was considered unsuccessful commercially, selling only 125,000 copies in the US.
In 1999 the band released its second album, Utopia Parkway, named after a road in Queens, New York. The album was something of a concept record that dealt with life in modern suburbia. Utopia Parkway was received well by critics, garnering many favorable reviews, and was album of the week in People magazine. Like its predecessor, however, the album sold poorly and failed to spawn a hit single. The group once again toured extensively behind the album, but frustrations grew between the band and the label when they failed to promote a proper third single entitled "Troubled Times" remixed by Tom Lord-Alge. The band was later dropped by Atlantic in late 1999.
The band disbanded for a period of time. Schlesinger found work as a writer and producer and co-wrote many of the songs for the Josie and the Pussycats film and soundtrack. He also produced albums for the Verve Pipe and David Mead, as well as several tracks by They Might Be Giants. He released a third record with his band Ivy on Nettwerk records.
During the group's hiatus, Collingwood formed and fronted a pop-country band entitled the Gay Potatoes based in the Northampton, Massachusetts area. He also played a string of solo shows in the Boston and Los Angeles areas. Guitarist Jody Porter worked with his band The Astrojet alongside famed producer Gordon Raphael and keyboardist David Zhang in the New York City area. Drummer Brian Young played with Ivy and found session work for various artists.
Sometime in 2001 the band slowly came back together, recording a cover of The Kinks' "Better Things" for the tribute album This Is Where I Belong: Songs of Ray Davies and the Kinks. The group also recorded the theme song for the Comedy Central show Crank Yankers, and contributed to the VH1 cartoon series Hey Joel with columnist Joel Stein. The show aired only briefly on VH1 in 2003, but later was picked up by Teletoon in Canada. The band members appear as animated versions of themselves, performing original songs that typically review the plot developments immediately preceding their performance, in addition to the show's theme song.
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