Welcome Interstate Managers

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Who says there's no room left for irony in pop music? This long-running Jersey combo -- which keeps one foot in classic power-pop and the other in guilty-pleasure FM rock -- comes out with all wits a-blazin' on this long-delayed third disc. Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger are able to do more things with a hook than a roomful of Martha Stewarts, as borne out by the sly intergenerational lust-fest "Stacy's Mom" and the Steve Miller–styled slacker workout "Bright Future in Sales." Like, say, Squeeze's Difford and Tilbrook, Collingwood and Schlesinger manage to retrofit seemingly simple songs with several levels of concept. Take, for example, the spry "Halley's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Who says there's no room left for irony in pop music? This long-running Jersey combo -- which keeps one foot in classic power-pop and the other in guilty-pleasure FM rock -- comes out with all wits a-blazin' on this long-delayed third disc. Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger are able to do more things with a hook than a roomful of Martha Stewarts, as borne out by the sly intergenerational lust-fest "Stacy's Mom" and the Steve Miller–styled slacker workout "Bright Future in Sales." Like, say, Squeeze's Difford and Tilbrook, Collingwood and Schlesinger manage to retrofit seemingly simple songs with several levels of concept. Take, for example, the spry "Halley's Waitress," which veers from lovelorn to simply coffee-deprived in the blink of an eye. The band depart from their usual all-pop, all-the-time agenda here and there, with varying degrees of success: The country-tinged "Hung Up on You" and the fizzy psychedelia of "Supercollider" both work magic with the synapses, but a brace of limpid ballads leave a bit to be desired. Still, the unabashedly pro-fun -- and occasionally profound -- tenor of Welcome Interstate Managers points to a bright future indeed.
All Music Guide - Mark Vanderhoff
Fans waiting for Fountains of Wayne to finally quit goofing around and release a sonically experimental, brooding collection of "serious music" are just going to have to keep waiting. Luckily, the number of their listeners hoping for anything besides another infectious batch of sunny singalong numbers from Adam Schlesinger, Chris Collingwood, and company is probably about the same as the number of people waiting for the White Stripes to record a smooth jazz record. On the mind-numbingly charming Welcome Interstate Managers, Fountains of Wayne do what they do best. And while they reinforce their reputation as the reigning deities of uptempo, big-guitar pop
ock with feel-good anthems like "Mexican Wine," "Bright Future in Sales," "Stacy's Mom," and "Little Red Light," they also continue their proud tradition of mellow yet equally tongue-in-cheek tunes. While their debut album had "Sick Day" and "You Curse at Girls," and Utopia Parkway featured "Prom Theme" and "The Senator's Daughter," Welcome Interstate Managers introduces "Fire Island," a plea to be left home alone when the parents go on vacation, and "All Kinds of Time," perhaps the best and first musical interpretation of a slow-motion football replay ever recorded. But the bouncing acoustic guitars of "Hey Julie" are definitely the high point. This time, the one flaw may simply be that the group doesn't know when to say when. Their two previous releases closed with lazy ballads, and this time they build to a perfect finale with "Fire Island." Unfortunately, they follow it with four more songs that add little to the quality of the album. Still, CD players were made with skip buttons for a reason, and too much material is usually preferable to too little. Even without the last four tracks, Welcome Interstate Managers had more than enough pitch-perfect melodies and smile-inducing lyrics to make it a defining album for the summer of 2003. And if that's not your thing, well, maybe some winter they'll finally put out that somber record you've been waiting for.
Spin Magazine - Andy Greenwald
The lyrics explore suburban everyguyism... but the choruses... explode like fireworks over a church picnic. (A)
Blender - Rob Tannenbaum
A nearly flawless collection of hummable overtures, Welcome Interstate Managers is part John Cheever and part John Hughes.

The lyrics explore suburban everyguyism... but the choruses... explode like fireworks over a church picnic. (A)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724359087528
  • Catalog Number: 90875
  • Sales rank: 29,685

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mexican Wine (3:22)
  2. 2 Bright Future in Sales (3:06)
  3. 3 Stacy's Mom (3:17)
  4. 4 Hackensack (3:00)
  5. 5 No Better Place (4:06)
  6. 6 Valley Winter Song (3:34)
  7. 7 All Kinds of Time (4:21)
  8. 8 Little Red Light (3:34)
  9. 9 Hey Julie (2:36)
  10. 10 Halley's Waitress (3:35)
  11. 11 Hung Up on You (3:58)
  12. 12 Fire Island (2:56)
  13. 13 Peace and Love (3:26)
  14. 14 Bought for a Song (4:01)
  15. 15 Supercollider (5:05)
  16. 16 Yours and Mine (1:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fountains of Wayne Primary Artist
Jennifer Trynin Guitar, Background Vocals
James Iha Guitar
Brian Young Percussion, Drums
Ronnie Buttacavoli Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Adam Schlesinger Bass
Chris Collingwood Guitar, Vocals
Jody Porter Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mike Denneen Producer, Engineer
George Marino Mastering
Frank Olinsky Art Direction
Chris Collingwood Producer
Richard Furch Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hey julie

    Hey julie is possibly one of the best songs on this cd. Its probably one of there best songs in general that leave the biker and sink to the bottom are probably best... yea but if u want to hear some sick music u should check out dispatch or guster

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    I absolutely love Welcome Interstate Managers! I wanted to get the CD because of "Stacy's Mom", but I was reluctant to buy the CD at first because of what happened the last time I bought a CD for just one song. I was completely amazed, though! Between the catchy rhythim and the great lyrics, you can't help but fall in love with the guys. I love their style. My favorite song on the CD has to be "Bright Future in Sales" or "Hackensack", but it is difficult to choose because they are all awesome. I would definitely recommend Fountains of Wayne to all my friends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is a GREAT cd

    The song Stacey's mom is so cool, it is like one of my favorite songs, and coming from me that is a real commpliment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome!!!

    This cd rox!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STACYS MOM ROX!!

    I LOOOOVE STACYS MOM! THE SONG I MEAN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow..

    fountains of wayne are awesome! They totally break the mold of the everyday rock you hear on the radio. Quite a pleasant suprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beatle wannabes they are not

    I'm not one who can professionally deconstruct artists, but what I can say about this particular recording and band is, the more I listen to it the more I am in love with it. Feelings over intellect? Perhaps, but I think I know talent when I hear it and these guys have it. Refreshing songs for this weary 44 yr old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pointin' the Finger...Upwards!

    What an absolute work of art! The lyrics range from somber to laugh-out-loud funny. And the music...sensational. I have been a fan of FoW since their first CD, which had a lot of alt-rock-pop tunes that stuck with you. Then, Utopia Parkway followed in similar fashion. But, Welcome Interstate Managers is one of the best CD's that I have ever owned or listened to. Songs like "Stacy's Mom", "No Better Place" (favorite), "All Kinds of Time", "Bought For a Song" and "Supercollider" are wonderfully catchy tunes. I hope that some of these songs from this CD (besides "Stacy's Mom") get some serious airplay on the radio. This intelligent, witty and gifted band deserves some recognition. Hopefully, the Grammy nominators will get a taste of this medicine to cure some of the one-hit-o'holics that drone on the airwaves during their fifteen minutes of fame. Don't be shy...give it a try! And like 'Joe Rey'...I hope they don't stop 'point-point-pointin' the finger'...to the top of the charts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phenomenal album from a fantastic band

    Anyone looking for fun should buy this album immediately. All the catchy lines, clever lyrics, and irresistable hooks you would expect from the band. The first few songs are just plain head bobbing joy, followed by a lot of great slower numbers. I love Fountains of Wayne so much.

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