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[*] posted on 2006-6-6 at 05:30 PM
Can't we all just get along?


Okay, we love most Fountains of Wayne songs. We like some Fountains of Wayne songs. There are even a few Fountains of Wayne songs that we aren't quite sure of. My question is this.

Is there a song that is universally agreed to as being a Great Fountains of Wayne song. Not necessarily your favorite, but one you can go along with as representative of what Fountains of Wayne is to you.

I will attempt to get it started. As a new Fountains of Wayne fan my level of experience is limited so please feel free to make suggestions.

So, if I say Mexican Wine and Red Dragon Tatoo, would there be any dissenters?

Keep in mind, there are no wrong answers, but there are quite a few stoopid ones..........:rotfl:
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[*] posted on 2006-6-6 at 05:31 PM
Ultimate goal


The goal of this lofty discussion is to reach concensus on one (1) Fountains of Wayne song.
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[*] posted on 2006-6-6 at 05:35 PM
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Those with the most invested in this board will have a disproprtional impact on the outcome based on their overwhelming knowledge and good taste.

Do you think PleasewithC will think I'm trying to suck up a little?:meh:
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[*] posted on 2006-6-6 at 08:13 PM


As much as I love many Fountains of Wayne songs, when it comes to a "great" song, there is a standout for me - Troubled Times. A fantastic song on so many levels.

An absolute masterpiece, not heard (and consequently not appreciated) by so many, many people. :dammit:




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[*] posted on 2006-6-7 at 01:44 PM


I'd probably have to agree on Troubled Times. It's the single that should have put them on the map.
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[*] posted on 2006-6-7 at 03:28 PM


Yep...I agree...but it has to be the "unclean" version.



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[*] posted on 2006-6-7 at 06:17 PM


You know, I've never been a fan of troubled times, maybe because it reminds me of my divorce.


I think Bright Future in Sales is more indicative than Mexican Wine. Totally agree on Red Dragon Tatoo and would nominate Leave the Biker. Or for clever wordplay and descriptiveness, Sick Day.
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[*] posted on 2006-6-7 at 06:37 PM
So far


The early leader is Troubles Times
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[*] posted on 2006-6-7 at 07:28 PM


Although I love Troubled Times, I don't think it shows their playfulness musically. It isn't as ironic or cheery as most of their songs. It's one of their more serious songs, and there aren't many of those.
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[*] posted on 2006-6-8 at 01:23 PM


Troubled Times, indeed. Although I agree on every song being mentioned so far.

I will have to agree that it doesn't represent their playfullness - but rather their amazing writing skills. Troubled Times is a truely good pop song, and that's what they're trying to do, isn't it?




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[*] posted on 2006-6-8 at 03:10 PM


Oh no, not Troubled Times. Possibly my least favorite song of theirs. It always seemed like something you would hear on an episode of Dawson's Creek (was it ever actually played on Dawson's Creek???). I don't know if I can name ONE song, but I can name my favorites from each album: Survival Car, It Must Be Summer, Supercollider, Maureen.

Honorable mention goes to songs that sound like Oasis covers (Bought for a Song, Elevator Up). And when I want something slow, A Fine Day for a Parade, Senators Daughter, or the alternate version of Everything's Ruined is where it's at.
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[*] posted on 2006-6-8 at 08:18 PM


Troubled Times is an awesome song and I would agree that it is a true great Fountains of Wayne song.

If we can't agree with Troubled Times, then my vote is for It Must Summer.
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[*] posted on 2006-6-8 at 09:29 PM
Maybe not


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[*] posted on 2006-6-9 at 01:42 PM


It Must Be Summer describes a lot of their song writing, too.



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[*] posted on 2006-6-9 at 10:24 PM


You guys are only digging that song now because it must be summer.
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[*] posted on 2006-6-9 at 11:29 PM


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You guys are only digging that song now because it must be summer.

I'm into Valley Winter Song at the moment down here in Australia. :bigsmile:




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[*] posted on 2006-6-10 at 10:57 PM


im in the troubled times cheer squad- i think it perfectly sums up what Fountains of Wayne are all about in a neat little package.
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[*] posted on 2006-6-11 at 02:41 PM


It is completely impossible to select a "best" or the one Great Fountains of Wayne song... or even a top 10. As an really "old phart" fan... My earliest musical influences were Franki Valle & the Four Seasons, then Bob Dylan and in 8th grade, The Beatles. All through the 60's, 70's and beyond, I've always been drawn to the singer/songwriters and the melody... Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, The Band, Steve Miller, the Dead, ELO, Procol Harum, Dire Straights/Mark Knopfler, Simon & Garfunkel, BB King, Byrds, Squeeze, Cheap Trick, Cars, Kinks, Nick Lowe, Oasis, Spirit, Steeleye Span, Steely Dan, Tom Petty And The Who. For me, the appeal of Fountains of Wayne, is not just the great melodies and songwriting, but the clever lyrics.. that run through my head for days and weeks... and the subtle intellectualism that underlies much of their music. Certain phrases make song for me... like "Lead us not into Penn Station" from Sick Day, "Let you listen to Sugar Ray" from Baby I've Changed, "Fit to be dyed" from Red Dragon, "beer is so so suburban" from Fine Day, "Soccer Moms drive minivans" from Senator's Daughter. Sometimes its the images evoked... like being squashed in Hat and Feet, stuck in traffic in Little Red Light and sometimes its the narrative or story: Valley Winter Song, Bright Future in Sales, Hackensack, Maureen, All Kinds of Time, Fire Island. Finally, its songs that pay tribute to some of my favorites... Stacy's Mom (Cars), Elevator Up & Bought for a Song (Oasis). Just my $.02
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[*] posted on 2006-6-11 at 09:35 PM
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I love your thinking, and I am in the old phart catagory myself. But, Whoa Nelly! This is just an excercise in fun. In fact, the insight into your process is really cool........
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[*] posted on 2006-6-12 at 02:26 PM


Personal favorite for me is 'Hey Julie' becuase it reminds me of being at the office all day. ......But is this the song to represent Fountains of Wayne, probably not. I don't disagree with the previous votes for TT or Summer, I think that TT has awesome lyrics but I don't see it as representative for Fountains of Wayne. When I think of fountains, I think about Jody and Brian rocking out on stage, so I have to go with a more upbeat rock song that they play awesome live like Mexican Wine or Barbara H.

Ultimately, it will be impossible finding one song for everyone to agree on. Fountains of Wayne has too many songs that appeal to so many people that we might as well just give up. Kidding about that last comment.

off topic question, is there any Fountains of Wayne vinyls out there??
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[*] posted on 2006-6-12 at 08:01 PM


RECORDS WOULD BE SOO COOL!
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[*] posted on 2006-6-12 at 10:26 PM


They exist for most Fountains of Wayne releases, though I don't have any myself.



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[*] posted on 2006-6-14 at 05:31 PM


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Bright Future in Sales does represent them well - it has to do with an office worker, it's catchy and a little annoying, it's rockin', and the lyrics are smart in a dumb way.


Taken from the Battle of the Songs, this pretty much sums up what I think. Then again, I haven't heard Troubled Times yet, so... yeah. >_>
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[*] posted on 2006-6-16 at 07:26 AM


Troubled Times is a great record, but I don't think it's one to choose as being representive of what Fountains of Wayne stand for. They've not done that many songs in that style. Similarly, something like Go Hippie is uncharacteristically Fountains of Wayne with its lead guitar solo.

That's the beauty of Fountains of Wayne, they don't just play one style of music. They play a broad range of styles, all very well. How can you pin down a band which recorded Hung Up On You, AND Laser Show???

For me, if I had to pick one song which represented what Fountains of Wayne were about, I think it'd have to be either Red Dragon Tattoo, or I've Got a Flair.
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[*] posted on 2006-6-16 at 04:12 PM
Say What?


I agree that the best thing about Fountains of Wayne is that its impossible to define them.........
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