After rocking the world in 2003
with the classic line "I know it might be wrong,
but I'm in love with Stacey's Mom," Fountains Of
Wayne are once again heating up global airwaves and
urging us to "have another glass of Mexican wine."
Their latest single, "Mexican Wine," is featured
in the radio.wazee Spotlight this week.
New York-based power-pop band Fountains Of Wayne (FOW)
is named in honour of a lawn ornament store in Wayne,
New Jersey. (The store has since gained further notoriety
thanks to multiple appearances on the television series
Singer/songwriter duo Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood
first met in 1986 while studying at Massachusetts' Williams
College. It was however in 1996 that they reunited (both
sharing a love for melodic British pop) and released
their acclaimed self-titled LP on Atlantic. Jody Porter
and Brian Young complete the group, whose catchy and
witty single "Stacey's Mom" completely blew
up on global airwaves in 2003.
Both "Stacey's Mom" and "Mexican Wine"
can be found on the band's third album, "Welcome
Interstate Managers." Fountains Of Wayne's first
two albums,"Fountains Of Wayne" and "Utopia
Parkway," earned the group a reputation as "masters
of the three-and-a-half minute pop song."
In fact, in 2002, the band was named in Entertainment
Weekly's "It List: The 100 Most Creative People
in Entertainment," while Mojo magazine called FOW
"almost better than anything, ever." On their
third album, Fountains Of Wayne tackle such time-honoured
pop subjects as love, work, frustrated commuters, drunken
salesmen, retired airline pilots, bad waitresses, vegan
entrepreneurs, clip-on ties, and of course, exploding
cell phones (listen to the first line of "Mexican
According to the FOW website: "The characters that
populate the songs on 'Welcome Interstate Managers'
cope with relationships, jobs, hangovers, and traffic
jams in a way that will be instantly familiar to anyone
who's ever been in love, employed, hungover, and/or
stuck in trafficä And, as always, the songs take
up permanent residence in your brain after only one
From now through March 2004, you can catch Fountains
Of Wayne on tour in Europe. For complete concert dates,
and other nifty FOW stuff, be sure to check out their
website at www.fountainsofwayne.com.