Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
Review: Out-of-State Plates
Published: Jul 8th, 2005
Author: Jeffrey Sisk
Source: McKeesport Daily News
Since forming a decade ago in New York City, power-pop quartet Fountains of Wayne has released just three studio albums.
Despite the rather slim pickings in their catalog, the band anchored by Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood has made a lasting imprint on the indie rock scene.
Even the most casual listeners likely know FOW's biggest hit, "Stacy's Mom," from 2003's "Welcome Interstate Managers." The video for the catchy tune, which featured actress/model/ex-Mrs. Rod Stewart Rachel Hunter, was in heavy rotation on MTV.
Schlesinger also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for penning the title track to 1996's "That Thing You Do!" and is a member of another NYC indie fave, Ivy.
"Out-of-State Plates" is an excellent two-disc collection of Fountains of Wayne's best material not included on the studio albums. Featuring almost 30 songs - including outstanding covers ranging from Burt Bacharach's "Trains and Boats and Planes" to Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" to Jackson Browne's "These Days" to ELO's "Can't Get It Out of My Head" - "Plates" showcases the band's penchant for good-natured pop.
The album also includes a pair of new tunes in the stellar "Maureen" and the almost-as-good "The Girl I Can't Forget." Other highlights include "Comedienne," "California Sex Lawyer," "Baby I've Changed," "I'll Do the Driving," "Places" and the melancholy "Killermont Street."
There's even a pair of holiday-themed tracks in the excellent "The Man In the Santa Suit" and the silly "I Want An Alien for Christmas."
Clocking in at more than 82 minutes, "Out-of-State Plates" probably doesn't have enough variety to maintain every listener's interest. Even catchy pop tunes done well get a little tiresome as the 90-minute mark approaches.