Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers (Cover Artwork)

Fountains of Wayne

Fountains of Wayne: Welcome Interstate ManagersWelcome Interstate Managers (2003)

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

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"Welcome Interstate Managers" by Fountains of Wayne is a flat-out stunner. Surprised? You shouldn't be. The most fun band of the past decade behind "That Thing You Do", the theme to Crank Yankers and the MTV smashes "Radiation Vibe" and "Sink to the Bottom" is back with a full arsenal of 16 pow.
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"Welcome Interstate Managers" by Fountains of Wayne is a flat-out stunner.

Surprised? You shouldn't be. The most fun band of the past decade behind "That Thing You Do", the theme to Crank Yankers and the MTV smashes "Radiation Vibe" and "Sink to the Bottom" is back with a full arsenal of 16 power-pop songs loaded with hooks and sing-along choruses. For the third straight album.

Think of a mixture of Weezer, the Rentals, Ozma, Big Star and Superdrag ?? extract all the best parts and you have this indie sensation from New Jersey.

There is no ground on "Welcome Interstate Managers" that has not been tread before but no band does it as well as Fountains of Wayne.

The album starts of with the song "Mexican Wine", one that I had heard many times before. This proves to be an excellent opening track, as it sets the tone for the remainder of the album ?? more upbeat than "Utopia Parkway" but more polished than the self-titled.

It segues into "Bright Future in Sales" a cheery little number with a chorus that will repeat in your mind for hours after listening to it. Next is the current single "Stacy's Mom" with the lyrics "I know it might be wrong but I'm in love with Stacy's mom." Predictably, that is what the song is about. Silly, yes ?? but still great fun. However, it is most likely one of the weakest tracks on the album.

"Hackensack" is the fourth song and is much slower than the previous three. It sounds similar and is on the same musical level as "Hat and Feet" on "Utopia Parkway". Nice background vocals, another FoW trademark, mark "No Better Place" but the song is not as memorable as the first three. "Valley Winter Song" is very reminiscent of one penned by Simon and Garfunkel in their best moments and led me to wonder why I was sending this review for a punk site. The chorus of this song is the best moment.

"All Kinds of Time" features James Iha of former Smashing Pumpkins fame. Very reminiscent of "Troubled Times" from the last album, it provides yet another slower song. (And being that "Troubled Times" was the best song on "Utopia Parkway", this is a good thing.) The electric guitars return for "Little Red Light" and to some relief, so does a faster pace. What follows is not the greatest Fountains of Wayne song, but one that follows the formula of the lesser ones from the previous album.

"Hey Julie" is simply a great song. A straightforward love song with good lyrics that moves along briskly, it is definitely a highlight. "Halley's Waitress" follows. Good song and again, laid-back but captivating. Is "Hung Up on You" country? Yes. Well ?? it's still very well done but admittedly not as fun as "Tonight I'll Take What I Can Get", a similar "joke" song by Dashboard Confessional.

The final five songs sound like ?? well, Fountains of Wayne -- and in the interest of time ?? I think you get the idea.

If you want a difficult and almost perplexing album to purchase on June 10th, by all means buy Radiohead's "Hail to the Thief". (It's terrific after about two months of listening like many of their albums). If you like a side of fun with your critically acclaimed album, however, take "Welcome Interstate Managers". Providing you like Fountains of Wayne or 60s-70s style power-pop, you will not be disappointed.


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evildeadalive (June 23, 2003)

DL'd some songs. I usually kinda like the genre but these guys flatout bored me.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Milfhunter. Com has officially announced "stacy's mom" as thier theme song..... Yeah, new pornogrpahers are better.... But f. O. W. Still kick... Im suprised they're getting major radio play. -cobra-verde

sickboi (June 20, 2003)

All sarcasm aside, that was a pretty funny response. Kudos.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Sickboi loves the cock...why you ask? Because he's so SICK.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

"40 mins west. you're dumb"

What is this "5thgrade.org"?

This band loves the cock...why you ask? Because they SUCK.


Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Sorry RyanTmurphy, I now realize that I was playing my fountains of wayne too lound when I was over. Sorry about that. Anyway say hi to your mom for me.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

What a nice surprise to find this album reviewed here... The second half of the album drags a bit, I think. Their first album was absolutely perfect and can never be equalled.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Awesome band. Each of their songs is next to perfect.

RyanTMurphy (June 20, 2003)

I wish I'd have heard more of this band when I was into alt rock stuff, my ex's mom was playing FoW once and they were really catchy. As is I'll just respect from a distance.

FortyMinutesWest (June 20, 2003)

I don't like pop rock in general, so there's your answer.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE INTERVIEW: NPR 7:00 pm Friday, 06/20/2003

that song 'please leave the biker' (or whatever the title is) is one of the best songs ever written


Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Oh fuck, I meant to give this a 5.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

iowanick: The latest New Pornographers is way better than this.

This record has its share of bad songs, unlike the NP record.

inagreendase (June 20, 2003)

"that thing you do" was a kickass movie. liv tyler strutted her stuff in that flick

iowanick (June 20, 2003)

40 mins west. you're dumb. name a better pop/rock album this year, these guys have great lyrics as much as you'd hate to admit it.

Imposs1ble (June 20, 2003)

one of the best albums of the year, hands down.

"is that supposed to be your poker face or was someone run over by a train."

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

this album is great!

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

this band is so under rated. i didn't even know this is or was coming out. i'm stoked.

FortyMinutesWest (June 20, 2003)

I remember this band...although I wish I didn't

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

Haha, the best band behind "that thing you do"...


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