Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
'Traffic, Weather,' a pitch for radio
Published: Mar 30th, 2007
Author: Mikael Wood
Source: Calendar Live
HALF of the creative core of New York's Fountains of Wayne, Adam Schlesinger has developed a lucrative sideline writing songs for movies about successful songwriters. Among his accomplishments: the title tune from "That Thing You Do!" and "Way Back Into Love," the glorious piano ballad Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore collaborate on in "Music and Lyrics." Yet with the exception of "Stacy's Mom," their 2003 ode to soccer-mom sexpots, the Fountains haven't really infiltrated the Top 40 terrain so familiar to Schlesinger's on-screen surrogates. Their rich discography is an item of cult worship.
On "Traffic and Weather," FOW's fourth full-length collection, Schlesinger and his partner Chris Collingwood — the Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of power-pop — sound as if they wouldn't mind exchanging a little respect for a bit more fame. "Someone to Love" expertly mimics the dance-rock stomp of the Killers' "Somebody Told Me"; " '92 Subaru" channels Cheap Trick's "Surrender"; the dreamy "I-95" could be the Coldplay track Collingwood goofs on a guy for digging in "Someone to Love."
Record geeks beyond repair, the songwriters still lace the more accessible material here with their trademark wit. But this time they're aiming for both Stacy and her mom.