Song of the Day #3,915: ‘Bought For a Song’ – Fountains of Wayne

When my Decades series gets around to 2003 (probably in a year or so), there’s no question one of my top albums from that year will be Fountains of Wayne’s Welcome Interstate Managers.

This is a great album to give anyone looking for an introduction to the band. From great power pop (‘Stacy’s Mom,’ ‘Bright Future in Sales,’ today’s SOTD) to beautiful acoustic tracks (‘Hackensack,’ ‘Valley Winter Song’) to charming love songs (‘Hey Julie’), this album serves up a little bit of everything.

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Song of the Day #3,752: ‘Stacy’s Mom’ – Fountains of Wayne

My final one-hit wonder is a painful choice. I adore so much of Fountains of Wayne’s music that I hate to think of them being relegated to the dustbin of history, remembered for their only hit song, ‘Stacy’s Mom.’

And here’s the real kick in the pants: ‘Stacy’s Mom’ wasn’t even that big of a hit. It peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #3 on the Pop chart. Nothing else the band released ever came close to chart success.

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Song of the Day #3,515: ‘Today’s Teardrops’ – Fountains of Wayne

Fountains of Wayne followed up the success of its 2003 album Welcome Interstae Managers, and surprise hit single ‘Stacy’s Mom,’ with a double album called Out-of-State Plates, filled with odds and ends they’d amassed over their career to that point.

Albums like this are usually quick cash grabs or contract fillers, and this one is no exception. It is entirely unremarkable, featuring songs that were B-sides for good reasons.

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Song of the Day #2,785: ‘Maureen’ – Fountains of Wayne

outofstateIt’s been five years since Fountains of Wayne’s last album release, Sky Full of Holes.

Quick visits to the band’s website, social media accounts and Wikipedia page reveal very little information about their current activities. They don’t appear to have split up but neither are they touring or recording. I hope they haven’t split up, because these guys are among the bets pop songwriters going.

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Song of the Day #1,870: ‘Lost in Space’ – Fountains of Wayne

utopiaThe Random iTunes Fairy really likes Fountains of Wayne. Today’s post is the fifth Random Weekend selection in the past year, and the second this month.

I don’t keep stats on which artists show up the most on Random Weekends (though now I’m tempted) but I have to believe Fountains of Wayne are up there, especially as a percentage of their total songs in my library.

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Song of the Day #1,849: ‘Cold Comfort Flowers’ – Fountains of Wayne

sky_full_of_holesOne of the reasons I love Fountains of Wayne is that their lyrics are so straight-forward and relatable.

They write about people who might live in your neighborhood, pass by you on the highway, sit in the cubicle next to yours at work.

But today’s random SOTD, ‘Cold Comfort Flowers’ from the band’s last album, Sky Full of Holes, is a different ballgame.

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Song of the Day #1,759: ‘Hotel Majestic’ – Fountains of Wayne

trafficweatherI don’t know if Fountains of Wayne have ever written a bad song.

They’ve certainly written better ones than others, and they have a tendency to put too many songs on their albums, but pound for pound and note for note I’d put Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger’s songwriting chops up there against anybody’s.

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