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Fountains of Wayne

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New York City (1995 – present)

Fountains of Wayne is an American band that formed in 1995. The group (not to be confused with Fountains) helped spearhead the power pop revival and achieved breakout mainstream success with the 2003 Gold-certified album ‘Welcome Interstate Managers’, which spawned the smash top 10 hit “Stacy’s Mom”. Having achieved critical acclaim throughout their career, the band consists of Adam Schlesinger, Brian Young, Chris Collingwood, and Jody Porter, last releasing ‘Sky Full of Holes’ in 2011.

The band’s name was taken from the name of a lawn-ornament store in Wayne, New Jersey, not far from Montclair, New Jersey. That city is the hometown of the band’s bassist and cofounder Adam Schlesinger (the store has since gone out of business). According to Songfacts, there were prominent fountains there.

The concept of the band was formed by Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood. The two first met as freshmen at Williams College and began playing music together in various groups. The two eventually went their separate ways with Collingwood forming the Mercy Buckets in Boston and Schlesinger forming Ivy in New York City. The duo initially set out to work together in the early under various band monikers (including ones named “Pinwheel” and “The Wallflowers”), and recorded a full album’s worth of demos in 1993. Although never released, the “Pinwheel” demos are widely bootlegged by fans and display a very different (yet still earnest) version of the pair’s songwriting, though several songs from this period would be re-tooled and appear on later releases.

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