Song of the Day #5,398: ‘Denise’ – Fountains of Wayne

When today’s SOTD popped up as the random selection, I was certain I had featured it before. But it turns out I’ve given Fountains of Wayne’s 1999 album Utopia Parkway less attention than I thought.

I posted two songs from the album more than a decade ago, plus two more on Random Weekends over the years. But none of those was ‘Denise,’ the first Fountains of Wayne song I ever heard.

This song was included on a CD sampler inserted into a music magazine I bought back in ’99 and instantly caught my attention. In a great example of those old CD samplers working just as intended, I promptly bought the album.

Utopia Parkway is a brilliant pop record, right up there with Welcome Interstate Managers as FOW’s best work (I’ve written before that I give the slight edge to this one). Every track on the album is catchy and clever. Nobody has ever done power pop better.

I know this girl named Denise
She makes me weak at the knees
She drives a lavender Lexus
She lives in Queens
But her dad lives in Texas

When she holds me
I can’t help myself
Won’t you tell me
Do you love me Denise?
Do you love me Denise?
Oh baby tell me please

I heard she used to be married
She listens to Puff Daddy
She works at Liberty Travel
She has a heart made of gravel

She controls me
She can’t help herself
Won’t you tell me
Do you love me Denise?
Do you love me Denise?
Oh baby tell me please

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,398: ‘Denise’ – Fountains of Wayne

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m far less familiar with this album than Welcome.. Going to have to give it a spin sometime.

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