Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
Review: Out-of-State Plates
Published: Jun 30th, 2005
Author: Scott Fallon
Source: North Jersey Media Group
Fountains of Wayne's small world is full of girls like the unattainable Maureen, who tortures admirers, and the super-cool Janice, who throws super-cool parties.
Careers have been built on songs about the fairer sex, but even the Beach Boys sang about surfing now and then.
No matter. Montclair native Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood have that innate ability to overshadow bubble-gum subject matter by plucking perfect melodies out of the air.
The songs on "Out-of-State Plates" are as good as any on the band's three celebrated albums. That's not bad considering this double disc is a collection of B-sides and rarities with only a couple of new tracks.
The band (named after everyone's favorite Route 46 lawn ornament emporium) showed that it perfected modern bubble-gum pop on its last album, "Welcome Interstate Managers." Even the most snobby indie-pop connoisseurs bopped their heads to "Stacy's Mom."
Their castoffs may incite the same.
Tunes like "Baby I've Changed," "I Want an Alien for Christmas" and "Janice's Party" are bouncy pop gems. Their cover of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" is hilarious. And "Karpet King" features the Bergen-centric line: "He scares the hell/out of all the girls down in Oradell."
But often it comes down to girls - the nameless, the ones who got away, the ones you never wanted and the ones you could never have.