“Stacy’s Mom” is one of a handful of examples where a perfectly lovely band with a respectable and prolific body of solid work scores their biggest hit with something that ranks pretty high on the novelty scale (see also: Devo, Dead Milkmen). This is a fun song and I can dance to it, but it’s no “It Must Be Summer” or even “Hey Julie.”
But it does inspire a fun anecdote. Last spring, I saw Fountains of Wayne live on Friday, then Bowling for Soup the following Monday. The audience at the former show consisted of aging hipsters. Like … way aging. Like … might have seen The Beatles at Shea. Rather surprisingly, the Bowling for Soup crowd was approximately 87% sub-22 skater punk, WARP tour kids. My friend Beth and I may very well have been the only two people to attend both shows.
At one point late in the show, BfS front man Jaret Reddick declares:
“For about eight years, people have been giving us credit for the song ‘Stacy’s Mom’…”
“… but that’s not us! It’s a band of cool guys called Fountains of Wayne. But f*ck it. If we’re getting credit for it, we’re singing it.”
They then launch into a fun punk-pop cover of “Stacy’s Mom.” Awesome, all around.
Best part? 2:43 – 3:00. Right after the instrumental bridge/break, we segue into the chorus with a twist. Guitars and drums take a back seat to clapping and additional tight harmonies, which soon resolves into the song’s denouement. Bonus: this “best part” corresponds with the Fast Times at Ridgemont High allusion in the video.