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Interview:
Fountains Of Wayne Keep It Goin' On
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Three years after “Stacy’s Mom,” Fountains of Wayne hopes it’s still got it goin’ on.

But the group’s Adam Schlesinger says he and the rest of the New York quartet tried not to let their unexpected big hit weigh too heavily on their minds while they made their new album, “Traffic and Weather.”

“We don’t really think about that too much,” insists Schlesinger, 39, who cofounded the Fountains of Wayne in 1996 with college classmate Chris Collingwood. “Obviously whenever you’re signed to a major label, they’re hoping you can give them something they’re gonna make some money off of.

“But we just approached it the same way that we always have, which is trying to write stuff we like. That’s really all you can do.”

FoW did let some time pass between its albums, issuing a B-sides and rarities compilation, “Out-of-State Plates,” in 2005. Schlesinger kept busy with his other band, Ivy, running the independent Scratchie Records label with former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and with film work, including songs for the Hugh Grant-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “Music and Lyrics.”

But FoW was never in danger of discontinuing, he says.

“It just takes a while,” explains Schlesinger, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the theme song from the 1996 film “That Thing You Do!” “We need to just sort of get away from each other for a while and find some time to do some writing. And we all have other stuff we do that keeps us busy.

“So getting back in the swing of things can be a little complicated, partly because we don’t all live in the same place anymore and partly because of everybody’s schedules.”



Fountains of Wayne, the Broken West and Schaeffer perform 8 p.m. Monday (June 11th)at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $16. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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