The Way (Fastball song)

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"The Way"
Single by Fastball
from the album All the Pain Money Can Buy
Released February 24, 1998
Format CD single, cassette single
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:17 (Album Version)
4:08 (Radio Edit)
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) Tony Scalzo
Fastball singles chronology
"Are You Ready for the Fallout?"
(1997)
"The Way"
(1998)
"Fire Escape"
(1998)

"The Way" is a song by the American alternative rock band Fastball. It was released in February 1998 as the lead single from their second studio album, All the Pain Money Can Buy.

It peaked at number-one on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in April and remained there for seven weeks. The song also reached number-one on Canada's Singles Chart.[1] It peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart, having had a fair amount of airplay from independent radio stations such as Forth One.

The song was voted by VH1 as one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 1990s, ranking at number 94.[2] The song was remixed about a year after its original release by Italian DJ Gigi D'Agostino, in his album L'Amour Toujours. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 2007 video game Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Background and writing[edit]

Fastball bassist Tony Scalzo came up with the idea for the song after reading journalistic articles which described the disappearance of an older married couple, Lela and Raymond Howard from Salado, Texas, who left home in June 1997 to attend the Pioneer Day festival at nearby Temple, Texas, despite Lela's Alzheimers and Raymond recently coming from brain surgery. They were discovered two weeks later, dead, at the bottom of a ravine near Hot Springs, Arkansas, hundreds of miles off their intended route.[3][4]

About the song, Scalzo said that "It's a romanticized take on what happened" - he "pictured them taking off to have fun, like they did when they first met."

Content[edit]

The song's lyrics revolve around an older married couple who decide to give it all away by packing up and going driving. Along the way, their car breaks down, so they continue on foot. As the song goes on, it becomes apparent that these two achieve happiness by losing touch with the world.[5]

The beginning of the song features a radio scanning through FM stations; among the songs played are Jewel's "Foolish Games", Roy Orbison's "You Got It", and Madonna's "Vogue."

Track listing[edit]

  • US CD Single:
  1. "The Way"
  2. "Are You Ready for the Fallout?"
  3. "Freeloader Freddy"
  • US Promo CD:
  1. "The Way (Radio Edit)"
  2. "The Way (Album Version)"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 14
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM) 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 66
Italy (FIMI)[8] 28
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 90
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 36
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 25
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 4
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 31

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
April 11 - May 23, 1998
Succeeded by
"Closing Time" by Semisonic
Preceded by
"Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 number-one single
April 27 - May 18, 1998
Succeeded by
"Wishlist" by Pearl Jam
Preceded by
"Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia
Canadian RPM 100 Hit Tracks
June 16, 1998
Succeeded by
"Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia

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