Monday, March 24, 2014

My Music Monday

I don't know how it came up in conversation with my cousin, but it did.

He couldn't remember the actual name of the song, let alone the group, but this brain of mine, well, there's no letting that slip through.

"Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne.

One could dismiss it as a throw away song, except for the fact that you can't toss it away. It sticks to you like a virus implanted in your brain - playing over and over.

Since David mentioned it - and as an idea for My Music Monday - on and off for the last 10 days it's been up in my grey matter. And now you're stuck with it.

Now, if you go and Goooooogle Fountains of Wayne (and I haven't), but at the time, critics were talking about how they were so under the radar and such an amazing band and great songwriters. I've never truly heard another song from them (more on that in a minute), so I don't know this to be true or not.

.....or if they just had a great fucking publicist.

Whether you like the song or not, it's hard to deny it's not catchy. Like that virus I mentioned.

Almost starting out like the Cars' "My Best Friend's Girl", they use repetition to their advantage. Almost every single line in the verse is used twice in a row. But it is the chorus that is infectious.

There's that virus thing again.

Nothing about the melody is rocket science yet it works.

As it turns out FoW did another song - in writing and producing:  Kathy Griffin's theme song to her ill-fated talk show. It doesn't work as well in the two minute version as it did in the 30 second edit for the show, but you can see in that 30 seconds it has pop potential. And lord help us, if you want to look, there are dance mixes.

The video does little for me - unless one wants to see one of Rod Stewart's exes (one of his many) pole dance and creep on a 12 year old faux masturbating.

But David - THIS is for you.


Anonymous said...

I always thought that this was by Weezer and when I clicked on the video I'd hear a different version (like the one Cadillac uses - subject of a recent post. Hmmmm).

I think a great companion song to this would be Cherry Pie by Warrant (a very guilty pleasure).

Anonymous said...

I think watching the video has purged the song from my own brain. It's truly some of Rachel Hunter's breast work.