FFWding to the Best Part: “Stacy’s Mom,” Fountains of Wayne (2003)

“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’…”

What.

“… 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.

 

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3 thoughts on “FFWding to the Best Part: “Stacy’s Mom,” Fountains of Wayne (2003)

  1. 80s nolstalgia will always go a long way with me, and this track is loaded with it. (Hopefully it’s happy rather than depressing to think that this song is to the 80s as 80s Billy Joel and Huey Lewis were to the late 50s.) It starts with the Cars homage (“Just What I Needed”) in the opening guitar chords and proceeds to rope in big harmonies, big hooks, and a vintage Juno 6 keyboard, visible a few times (like 1:10). Dress ’em all in skinny black ties, and voila! Early 80s party, activate! Plus, a theme that at least every guy, and probably every human, understands.

    I should probably check out more from them. The only other track I know from them is “Troubled Times” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFUAG_1775U) which I discovered secondhand through the cover by one of my three or four favorite singer-songwriters, Dar Williams (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1320oq_dar-williams-troubled-times_music).

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