Fountains of Wayne Biography

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Band Information

Music: Alternative rock
Country: USA
Year: 1996-present

Band Line-up:

Adam Schlesinger
Chris Collingwood
Brian Young
Jody Porter

Fountains of Wayne Biography

Fountains of Wayne is a Grammy Award-nominated pop rock band formed in 1996 and known for such singles as "Radiation Vibe" and "Stacy’s Mom". It was formed by Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood during their freshmen year at Williams College.

They had their first record deal wih Atlantic Records in 1996, and released its self-titled debut. The album spawned the singles "Radiation Vibe" and "Sink to the Bottom", which both received airplay. They also wrote and performed the song, "That Thing You Do" which will then be used for the film with the same title, and be performed by a fictitious band, The Wonders.

After their second album, they entered a lengthy hiatus during which they discovered many interesting things about the music business. Then in 2003, the acclaimed album, Welcome Interstate Managers was released. It spawned the hit single "Stacy’s Mom" which was certified gold by the RIAA. The single helped them earn a Grammy nomination. The album was a surprise international hit on the strength of the first single.

Fountains of Wayne Discography

Fountains of Wayne (1996)
Utopia Parkway (1999)
Welcome Interstate Managers (2003)
Traffic and Weather (2007)

Fountains of Wayne Trivia

The band name was taken from Fountains of Wayne, a lawn ornament store in Wayne, New Jersey. The store is located at the intersection of Route 46 and Route 23, not far from Montclair, New Jersey, the hometown of the band’s bassist and cofounder Adam Schlesinger.

Initially the band went by other names, including Are You My Mother? and Woolly Mammoth.

The band was named in Entertainment Weekly’s 2002 "It List: The 100 Most Creative People In Entertainment."

The video for the song "Stacy’s Mom", featuring model/actress Rachel Hunter, was a homage to the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Their song "That Thing You Do", featured in the 1996 movie of the same name, was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar

Fountains Of Wayne earned a Grammy nomination in the Best New Artist category of 2002 but Schlesinger finds it ironic considering the band has been around for more than seven years.