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Issue 55 - Not quite a case of teenage kicks

Whisky Magazine Issue 55
April 2006

 

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Not quite a case of teenage kicks

Fountains of Wayne are not your archetypal whiskey band. And, says Lew Guthrie III, they're all the better for it

If you've been reading this music page for the last three issues or so you've probably spotted a trend. Lots of songs about sad lonely guys sitting in depressing bars crying in to their whiskey, reminiscing over what might have been and dreaming fruitlessly of making a fresh start.

And as Hunter might have put, that's all too damn serious! Only with expletives.

So here's a surprise: a band who sing about whiskey a lot and are having loads of fun with it.

First things first in these days of responsible drinking, they might sound like a bunch of teenagers but they are all of legal drinking age.

This is important because on the classic Welcome Interstate Managers album the two words that leap out at you are ‘teenagers' and ‘American'. The youthful image was enhanced by the very clever and very catchy Stacy's Mom, in which our heroes ask Stacy to invite them over so they can fantasise over her mother. After school.

Great stuff, of course, but we're here for the whiskey – and there's lots of it once you get past the opening track, which happens to be called Mexican Wine.

What we have here are two songwriters – Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger – who have identified that whisky and whiskey are both the perfect lubricants to deal with having to become proper and responsible adults. This is brave stuff for an American band in an era when hard liquor is frowned upon.

And frankly Fountains of Wayne just don't care.

Take track two, for instance. In Bright Future i...

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