WANT TO GO?
With Fountains of Wayne, Marc Broussard, Ben Lee, Amanda Shires and Grace Weber
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance tickets $15, at the door $25
INFO: 800-549-TIXX or www.mountainstage.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Having a hit song can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, the song is often a much-needed break; it opens doors and people remember it. On the other, that success can be hard to shake.
Power-pop band Fountains of Wayne, which appears Sunday on "Mountain Stage," has never really shaken its 2003 hit, "Stacy's Mom," a light-hearted song about a 12-year-old boy lusting after a friend's mother. The song went to No. 3 on the Billboard pop charts and was nominated for a Grammy. The video was played extensively on MTV and VH1.
Later songs from the band have struggled to chart.
Adam Schlesinger, the group's bassist and one of its songwriters, said, if "Stacy's Mom" is all people know the band for, that's too bad. "I don't think that's necessarily the most representative of our whole catalog."
"Stacy's Mom" also is a good way of showing how a song can be constructed by borrowing a style from a specific artist and turning it on its ear. With it, the band took the story of a boy's crush and put it with a riff that sounded a bit like the 1980s rock band The Cars.
"We like to put our own little spin on it," Schlesinger said. "We like to take a familiar style but put a story or lyrical idea on it that doesn't fit. That makes it a little original and, mostly, fun.
"I think there are certain songs we have that are very obvious references to something specific and other songs not so much," he added. "But yeah, there are songs in our catalog that are blatant imitations of songs we love."
That's not the only trick Fountains of Wayne has, though.
Schlesinger said he and the band's other main songwriter, Chris Collingwood, get material from all over the place, except not usually from any deep personal sadness.