Fountains of Wayne (album)

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Fountains of Wayne
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Studio album by Fountains of Wayne
Released October 1, 1996
Recorded January and April 1996
Studio The Place, New York City, New York
Length 36:17
Producer Adam Schlesinger
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Fountains of Wayne is the self-titled debut studio album by the American rock band Fountains of Wayne. It was released on TAG Recordings, Scratchie Records, and Atlantic Records in 1996.


Recorded when the band was just a duo, before the recruitment of drummer Brian Young and guitarist Jody Porter to the band, Collingwood and Schlesinger provided all the instrumentation during the recording, except for the bass guitar parts, which were performed by ex-The Belltower bassist Danny Weinkauf.[1] Schlesinger and Porter had also been members of The Belltower, and Weinkauf later played with Lincoln before joining They Might Be Giants.[2] Written over a period of years as outlets to make each other laugh through inside jokes and references to suburban life in New York and New Jersey, the songs on the album were recorded in five days. Dominique Durand of the band Ivy, of which Schlesinger is also a member, provided backing vocals on "Survival Car".[1]


The album's cover photo of a little boy clutching a rabbit and posing like a superhero was shot by Nick Waplington. It was also used for the album cover of Plastic Jewels by the UK band Flamingoes, which came out in the US two weeks before this album.[3]


The album was met with moderate commercial success and favorable reviews. Songs from it were featured on MTV's 120 Minutes program.

A reissue of the vinyl was recently released on Yep Roc records.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (B) link
Pitchfork Media (8.9/10) link
Robert Christgau (A−) link

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger, all music composed by Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger.

No. Title Length
1. "Radiation Vibe"   3:40
2. "Sink to the Bottom"   3:12
3. "Joe Rey"   2:40
4. "She's Got a Problem"   3:26
5. "Survival Car"   2:02
6. "Barbara H."   3:22
7. "Sick Day"   4:33
8. "I've Got a Flair"   2:52
9. "Leave the Biker"   2:42
10. "You Curse at Girls"   2:05
11. "Please Don't Rock Me Tonight"   2:50
12. "Everything's Ruined"   2:44


  • Engineered by Gary Maurer & Eric Tew
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi
  • Produced by Adam Schlesinger
  • Recorded in January and April 1996 at The Place, New York City
  • Mixed by Chris Shaw at Greene Street Recording, New York City, June 1996 (except "Sink to the Bottom")
    • "Sink to the Bottom" mixed by Adam Schlesinger and Gary Maurer
  • Mastered at Masterdisk, New York City


  1. ^ a b "Fountains of Wayne at Discogs". Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "This might be a wiki – Danny Weinkauf". (They Might Be Giants knowledge base). Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Allmusic review of Plastic Jewels". Retrieved 2012-10-24.