Fountains of Wayne
Thematic Development in the Early Recordings of Fountains of Wayne
Fountains of Wayne: Fountains of Wayne (TAG/Atlantic '96)
Given that one of the two songwriters who constitute this theoretical band is also their drummer, they're pretty Apollonian. And maybe that's why. Lulled into a formalistic revery by their catchy choruses, you assume their content is as null as their groove. But in fact they're so girl-shy it's thematic, and refreshingly empathetic about women with problems, including the one who needs a sick day. In the closing sequence they ask her to leave the biker; warn him* not to curse at the fairer sex; hope she doesn't rock them tonight; and quietly conclude that for all their efforts "Everything's Ruined." (*Not the biker‑-for that they don't have the balls.) A MINUS
Fountains of Wayne: Utopia Parkway (Atlantic '99)
Utopia Parkway, I happen to recall, traverses the Manhattan-side portion of Bayside a/k/a Clearview in Queens. Need I add that the view there is no more clear than the parkway is utopian? So while in a sense they've moved on to their suburban album, it ain't really the suburbs. Even "Troubled Times" is a relationship song, albeit a mature one, as for that matter is "Prom Theme," which is really about the last day of your life. The "Go, Hippie"-"A Fine Day for a Parade"-"Amity Gardens" triptych, on the other hand, are kind of suburban. They're also why I've spent my post-prom years in neither Queens nor Wayne. A MINUS
I love Street Hassle, too, Connie.
And would still love for you guys to come to Asheville! (No pressure, no how, no way...)
think the obsession with Saul Zaentz hollowed him out from the inside, somewhat.Yes, and Zanz can't Danz or is it Vanz can't Danz now due to legal obligations.
Woke up from a dream that Christgau teased us with a hint that Sky Full of Holes was an A+ in an EW post for two completely different items.
It's entirely possible I've spent way too much of my year here, yes.
The Swoon and Henry Lim tracks from New Groove 3 are available in FLAC format at http://goo.gl/1iXmp.
The entire disc is available in 320kb mp3's at http://goo.gl/uaT4k.
I will leave the files in my dropbox public folder for a day or two. Let me know if you have any problems accessing the files.
Bad day for great songwriters.No shirt. Well, all my nonexistent descendants will non-suffer through the Great Global Agony to come and will thank me forever for not having been created.
a slight tidbit about the Dr. John Gris-Gris
Also, a slight tidbit about the Dr. John Gris-Gris record you guys were discussing... I once met a member of the obscure 60's girl group, the Cake, who sang backup on the sessions but were uncredited. One of the three Cake-members was dating Hendrix at the time, and shortly after the Gris-gris sessions went to London with him and died of a drug overdose. Those were different times.
Bad day for shoelaces also.
Like Becker/Fagen? Tennant/Lowe? Collingwood/Schlesinger?
Thank Leiber/Stoller. Always.
RIP, Jerry Leiber.I just listened to the second disc of 50 Coastin' Classics last week. Always fun to hear Jerry's lead vocal on "Shake 'Em Up and Let 'Em Roll."
FLAC lossless rip of Africa Brasil
some great singles/songs.Yeah, that give maddening hints of what coulda/shoulda been. I thought Fogerty was destined to have a near-Van-Morrison-like solo career. Probably invested too much hope in it. Think the obsession with Saul Zaentz hollowed him out from the inside, somewhat.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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