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Fountains of Wayne [VINYL]


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  • Vinyl (8 Oct 1996)
  • Label: Atlantic/Tag -- a.D.a. --
  • ASIN: B000005J75
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

1. Radiation Vibe
2. Sink to the Bottom
3. Joe Rey
4. She's Got a Problem
5. Survival Car
6. Barbara H.
7. Sick Day
8. I've Got a Flair
9. Leave the Biker
10. You Curse at Girls
11. Please Don't Rock Me Tonight
12. Everything's Ruined

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By craigk1984 VINE VOICE on 3 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
Fountains Of Wayne are somewhat of an overlooked band. Recently they gained a bit of success due to Stacy's Mom and pretty much got lumped in as a novelty act due to nature of the lyrics in the song. While a catchy song, it is by no means the best Fountains Of Wayne have achieved. This album was released in '97 and it's probably one of the best pop-rock albums of the last decade.
Most of the songs are around 3 minutes in length and are bouncy cheery pop songs. Some are fairly reminiscent of Stacy's Mom, most notably Radiation Vibe and Survival Car whereas others are more mellow but still catchy and after a few listens you'll find yourself singing along.
This is how pop music should sound and it's unfortunate that they are not more popular but everyone who discovers this album will know it's true quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Marczak TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
The lady in the music shop was most displeased when I deprived them of their only copy of this album back 10 years ago. I don't even remember where I heard "Radiation Vibe" for the first time, but it's been th only time I've felt compelled to to go a gig based on one song.

Imagine my joy then when the Varsity in Wolverhampton was filled with guitar pop, and tune after tune left me compelled again to go to my local record store in Selly Oak and get the CD.

(there's not many chances to say I was there at the beginning)

The songs on this album are perfect in form, proper 3 minute songs that don't leave any space to waste. "Leave The Biker" always makes me laugh, and this is an album full of wry observations of American life with a strangely British undertone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C 'Mobile' Homes on 17 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
Fountains of Wayne must be one of the most under-rated bands of today.The only reason i got to hear of them was by hearing Stacy's Mom on radio 2 one day.After getting hooked on that track i quicky looked for the other albums.I have to agree with the other writers when they say there isnt a bad track on this album and the variation in each song makes sure you never get bored.If you havent already got this album then i advise you to buy it.....along with the other two!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin O'Keefe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album to me is perhaps one of the greatest albums of the last few years. There is a depth to these songs that will slowly reveal themselves long after the initial melodic rush has left you reeling. I disagree entirely with the view that FoW are too ironic/clever or insincere to write moving and profound songs ('Sick Day' and 'You Curse at Girls' I would argue can stand up alongside the finest Simon and Garfunkel compositions - no joke). Even an arguably 'slighter' effort such as 'Drop the Biker' possesses a cruel truth that, I would guess, most blokes can identify with (i.e. why do the most undeserving men always seem to get the most desirable women?) - yet wrapped up in some rather fine riffage.
I won't bore you by describing all the individual songs suffice it to say that there is not one single filler on here - really, this album is that consistent. Additionally there appears to me a palpable sense of purpose in the running order and mood of these tracks that often leaves me with the sense that I've listened to a complete and coherent musical statement (you know, rather like the way Sgt Pepper's makes you feel after you've listened to it from start to finish).
Since this album they were to never scale these heights again. But I suppose that's the price of producing perfection with the first effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Sep 2013
Format: Audio CD
Fountains of Wayne are another example of a great band who have released a good handful of albums and singles, and then they record a song that becomes so popular that it seems to overshadow the rest of their work.

'Stacy's Mom' was a big hit for them in 2003, the song had humorous lyrics and after everyone (particularly when I was at school) caught onto it, the song became something of a novelty record, and I fear so did the band to many people.

Almost ten years before that, this American power pop band released their self entitled debut, which contained the hits 'Radiation Vibe' (still quite remembered today, bouncy track with a good chorus) and 'Sink to the Bottom' (far superior to 'Stacy's Mom'). The whole album was great fun and decent catchy pop rock music.

It still sounds great today and more people should know that it's out there. It's alternative music that is fairly typical of the '90's and the quality is consistent. If you happen to have stumbled across the album and are reading this review, if you only like the one song - do not hesitate to buy this CD, you'll find much more to love here.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Snuffy on 19 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A week after buying their latest album ( Welcome Interstate Managers ) I got this album. It's another great set of songs, just as good as WIM. The best tracks are Leave The Biker and Please Don't Rock Me Tonight, but there's not one poor track on the album. Fountains of Wayne seem to produce albums where every track is different and I feel that is a big plus for a group. All I can say is go and buy it, in todays world of manufactered music is great to find a band with talent.
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