Utopia Parkway

Utopia Parkway

by Fountains of WayneFountains of Wayne

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)


On their follow-up to 1996's self-titled alterna-pop hit, Fountains of Wayne turn in another shimmering collection of "meta-rock" teen dreams. This New York band took the name for UTOPIA PARKWAY from an anonymous stretch of freeway running through Queens, but the territory it covers sounds more like one of John Hughes's archetypal suburbias. Ace song craftsmen Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger renovate such classic pimple-pop themes as proms, malls, and laser shows in songs that sound like anything from the Beatles to .38 Special (who the band fondly references on the euphoric rocker "Red Dragon Tattoo"). Yet the Fountains are hardly kistchy or retroactive, and songs like "The Senator's Daughter" and "Hat and Feet" undercut their saccharine tunes with thoughtful, often ironic sentiments. They may take off for "The Valley of Malls," but their spin down the consumer culture super-highway is full of frightening turns and harsh bumps. "My baby doesn't understand why I never turned from boy to man," sings the arrested rocker in "Utopia Parkway," setting the tone for an album about lost youth and recycled fantasies that sounds like a late-'90s Big Star. Anybody searching for an intelligent, infectious alternative to Matchbox 20 and Third Eye Blind need look no further.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2012
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457226210
catalogNumber: 2262


  1. Utopia Parkway
  2. Red Dragon Tattoo
  3. Denise
  4. Hat And Feet
  5. The Valley Of Malls
  6. Troubled Times
  7. Go, Hippie
  8. A Fine Day For A Parade
  9. Amity Gardens
  10. Laser Show
  11. Lost In Space
  12. Prom Theme
  13. It Must Be Summer
  14. The Senator's Daughter

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