Fountains of Wayne (album)

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Fountains of Wayne
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1, 1996
RecordedJanuary and April 1996
StudioThe Place, New York City, New York
ProducerAdam 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.


Fountains of Wayne was recorded when the band was just a duo, before the recruitment of drummer Brian Young and guitarist Jody Porter to the band. (Young and Porter are listed as bandmembers on later reissues of the record, but not on the original release.) Collingwood and Schlesinger provide all the instrumentation on the recording, except for the bass guitar parts, which were performed by guest bassist Danny Weinkauf, ex-The Belltower.[1] Schlesinger and Porter had also been members of The Belltower, and Weinkauf later played with Lincoln before joining They Might Be Giants.[2] Dominique Durand of the band Ivy, of which Schlesinger is also a member, provided backing vocals on "Survival Car".[1]

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.


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]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyB[7]
MSN MusicA−[8]
Q4/5 stars[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[11]

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 released on Yep Roc records.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger.

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
13."Karpet King (Japan Bonus Track)"4:05



  1. ^ a b "Fountains of Wayne at Discogs". Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  2. ^ "This might be a wiki – Danny Weinkauf". (They Might Be Giants knowledge base). Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Allmusic review of Plastic Jewels". Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  4. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh. "Fountains of Wayne – Fountains of Wayne". AllMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  5. ^ Kot, Greg (November 15, 1996). "Fountains of Wayne: Fountains of Wayne (Scratchie/Tag)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  7. ^ Flaherty, Mike (November 1, 1996). "Fountains of Wayne". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (August 19, 2011). "Fountains of Wayne". MSN Music. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  9. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "Fountains of Wayne: Fountains of Wayne". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on December 24, 2007. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Fountains of Wayne: Fountains of Wayne". Q (129): 132. June 1997.
  11. ^ Pearlman, Nina (2004). "Fountains of Wayne". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 307–08. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.

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