Fountains of Wayne
is Brian Young
and Jody Porter.
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Published: Apr 8th, 2007
Author: Sean Daly
Source: The Floridian
Why we care: The N.Y.-N.J. hipsters are the clown princes of power pop, penning Bubble Yum hooks and snarking at the middle class. If you think they pick on easy targets (yuppies, the Gap, Coldplay), consider this: I've interviewed Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood, and they're as proudly uncool as their subjects. Seriously. Total dorks.
Why we like it: Okay, so this is the weakest FOW album yet - their trademark punology borders on self-parody (Revolving Dora), and there's nothing as incandescent as past hits Stacy's Mom and Radiation Vibe. But several bittersweet love songs pack a punch, including Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim, which sounds like Raymond Carver meets The Graduate.
Reminds us of: The Molly Pitcher Travel Plaza, NJ Turnpike. Try the Arthur Treacher's hush puppies.
Download these: Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim and I-95