ARTIST: Fountains of Wayne
TITLE: Fountains of Wayne
YEAR RELEASED: 1996
CHART ACTION: #67 UK
SINGLES: Radiation Vibe (#14 Alternative, #32 UK), Sink to the Bottom (#42 UK), Survival Car (#53 UK), Barbara H (#119 UK), Leave the Biker
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None
LINEUP: Chris Collingwood, Adam Schlesinger, Danny Weinkauf
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: New Jersey new wave / power pop affecionadoes release their ‘tribute’ to the suburbs of the Tri-State area.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Starting out with a good one-two punch, the Fountains of Wayne (at this time a duo with a hired gun bassist) show their love for the 80’s new wave, catchy melodies, and their penchant for sneakily snarky lyrics.
But, as the record goes on, it seems the inspiration dries up a bit. Everything is polished, of course, but the songs seem forced at times, or suffer from too much irony.
A good debut and a good start for a band (they formed a touring band soon after this was released), but after three highlights it’s all kind of meh-ly good.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The bassist, Danny Weinkaupf, had been in bands with Adam Schlesinger, and is the bassist for They Might Be Giants.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A Japanese bonus track
GRADE B: Some great tracks – enough to keep you in the game.