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Fountains Of Wayne
Feb 2004

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 "The Sopranos").

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 Wine").

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 listen."

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.


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