SOURCE: Virgin Records

June 28, 2005 17:25 ET

Fountains of Wayne "Out-Of-State Plates" Released Today

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 28, 2005 -- Virgin Records is proud to announce the release of the new Fountains of Wayne album "Out-Of-State Plates," a specially priced 2-CD collection of non-album tracks recorded over the span of the band's career. Fountains fans have clamoured for an official compilation for years and, up until now, most of these recordings have only been available as bonus tracks on rare and expensive import singles. Also included are several previously unreleased songs, as well as two brand new ones, "The Girl I Can't Forget" and the album's first single, "Maureen."

"Out-Of-State Plates" shows the broad palette of pop styles the band has explored since its inception nearly 10 years ago. The recordings vary from full-blown studio productions to home demos, from elaborate arrangements to one-take acoustic performances; but throughout, songwriters Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger demonstrate their trademark melodic gifts, as well as their lyrical and musical range. Liner notes written by Schlesinger and Collingwood, providing a bit of backstory for each of the cuts, are also included in the package.

In addition to the plethora of rare Fountains tunes, there are also cover versions of songs by the likes of ELO, Gene Pitney, Jackson Browne, Bacharach/David and Aztec Camera, as well as the first official release of FOW's version of the Britney Spears hit "...Baby, One More Time." Although recorded in 1999, it was pulled from release at the last minute and has since only circulated as a mono bootleg. The recording originally gained notoriety when Howard Stern got a hold of it and repeatedly played it on the air, which led to unauthorized copies receiving airplay around the country for months afterwards.

Blender has already raved, giving " Out-Of-State Plates" four stars: "Fountains of Wayne keep doing that thing they do, and we should be grateful...[it is] all the things that make up the last best hope of unpretentious, album-oriented pop."

Fountains of Wayne's third and most recent album, "Welcome Interstate Managers," was released in 2003 and received two Grammy nominations and contained the smash single "Stacy's Mom." It was named #3 Album Of The Year in the prestigious Village Voice "Pazz and Jop" poll, and led Entertainment Weekly to dub FOW "America's greatest extant rock and roll band." The band checked and discovered that "extant" was, in fact, a real word.

Collingwood and Schlesinger say they began playing music together in college "sometime in the previous century." They performed together in a series of bands with names such as Are You My Mother? and Three Men Who When Standing Side By Side Have A Wingspan Of Over Twelve Feet. At one point in the early '90s, they even began work on an album for a start-up indie label, which soon folded, and the album was never finished or released. They claim to be quite grateful for this in hindsight.

After a brief respite, the duo reconvened in New York City, and formed FOW around an inspired batch of new songs. They named their new group after a lawn ornament store in Wayne, NJ, near Schlesinger's hometown of Montclair (the store has since gained further notoriety thanks to multiple appearances on HBO's "The Sopranos"). Although the debut album "Fountains Of Wayne" was recorded largely as a duo, Porter (formerly of The Belltower) and Young (formerly of The Posies) joined the band shortly before the record's release in 1996. The subsequent radio and video success of songs like "Radiation Vibe" and "Sink To The Bottom" kept the foursome on the road for over a year.

Their sophomore release, 1999's "Utopia Parkway," a cycle of songs set in and around the Tri-State Area, expanded the band's fan base both at home and abroad, and showed up on dozens of year-end "Best Of" lists. Again, the group toured the world extensively for over a year, and for no particular reason learned how to say "I am an umbrella" in over a dozen languages.

Then, after a lengthy hiatus during which they discovered many interesting things about the music business, Fountains of Wayne began work on the songs that became "Welcome Interstate Managers."

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact Ken Weinstein at Big Hassle Media or Patti
    Conte at Virgin Records:

    Ken Weinstein
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    Patti Conte
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