LIVE: Fountains of Wayne @ Albany Tulip Festival, Washington Park, 5/12/12

May 24th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Chris Collingwood

Chris Collingwood

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.

When the crowd in front of the stage – penned in by metal barricades under an unseasonably hot sun – started chanting “Stacy’s Mom” during Fountains of Wayne’s headlining Saturday afternoon set on Day One of Albany’s Tulip Festival, frontman Chris Collingwood shrugged off the group request and played the effervescent, but lesser-known, “Mexican Wine” instead.

“This is a song about drinking,” he announced before the song to disappointed silence. It was possibly the first time in history that such a statement has fallen flat on an outdoor festival audience in a park littered with empty plastic cups.

Yes, the crowd came to hear Fountains of Wayne’s hit single, “Stacy’s Mom,” from their all-around excellent 2003 album, “Welcome Interstate Managers.” But they had to sit through lots of smart, supremely catchy pop first.

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Adam Schlesinger, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

May 10th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Adam Schlesinger

Adam Schlesinger

“The first albums that I ever had were Beatles records, and for years that’s all I had. I had this hippie aunt who gave me all of her Beatles records when I was about three. And for about six or seven years, those were the only records I had. Well, maybe those and `Free to Be You and Me.’

Later, I just started listening to everything that I could get my hands on. But it was definitely the Beatles first.”

In support of their latest album, “Sky Full of Holes,” Adam Schlesinger straps on his bass to join his bandmates in Fountains of Wayne as the headlining band at the Albany Tulip Festival in Washington Park on Saturday (May 12). The band is slated to perform on the main stage in the park’s parade grounds at 4pm on Saturday. Admission, of course, is free. For a full schedule of performances at the two-day Albany Tulip Festival, go here.

Adam Schlesinger: A Man for All (Awards) Seasons

July 21st, 2009, 1:04 pm by Greg

You probably know Adam Schlesinger best as the bassist-songwriter for alt-popsters Fountains of Wayne.

Or perhaps you know him as a member of the supergroup Tinted Windows – along with Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos, Taylor Hanson of Hanson and ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha – who released their debut album earlier this year.

But last week, Schlesinger also received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics category for the song “Much Worse Things,” a duet performed by Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello on Comedy Central’s holiday special “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!” All the songs for the special were co-written by Schlesinger and David Javerbaum, executive producer of “The Daily Show.”

That is, of course, quite an honor – and this is Schlesinger’s first Emmy nomination. But consider that he has already previously received nominations for Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Golden Globe awards.

He received a Tony nomination for Best Original Score for the Broadway show “Cry-Baby.” His title song for Tom Hanks’ film “That Thing You Do” received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Song. And Fountains Of Wayne received two Grammy nominations for their album, “Welcome Interstate Managers.”

So, what do you do for an encore after all of that? Well, how about actually winning one of those awards, Adam?

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