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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Adam Schlesinger, a musician and songwriter highly regarded for his work as a member of Fountains of Wayne and an Emmy-winning songwriter for TV's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, has died as a result of coronavirus complications, Variety has confirmed. He was 52. An EGOT contender, Schlesinger has been nominated for Oscars, Tonys, Grammys and Emmys and won the latter two awards. His lone Grammy win, though, came for best comedy album for his work on "A Stephen Colbert Christmas."


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Fountains of Wayne, the band he co-founded with Chris Collingwood, earned two Grammy nominations in 2003, for best new artist (many years after the band's actual 1996 recording debut) and for best pop performance by a group for the Top 40 single "Stacy's Mom," a cheeky MTV staple that became the band's biggest hit.

His Oscar nomination in 1997 was for writing the theme song for the Tom Hanks-directed film "That Thing You Do!," one of his first successful forays outside the realm of his own music-making with Fountains of Wayne.


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One of my favorite bands. Sigh.

Here's a funny PostModern Jukebox cover of Stacey's Mom, a song that never fails to make me laugh when it reaches the lyric about Stacey's dad:

#1 | Posted by rcade at 2020-04-01 08:35 PM | Reply

So sad! Fountains of Wayne are a criminally underrated band. Great lyrics. Denise and Mexican Wine are outstanding. Out of all the recent gut punchs this is the most gut punchiest for me to date.

#2 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2020-04-01 09:20 PM | Reply

A tribute from Aline Brosh McKenna, a writer who worked with him on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend:

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2020-04-01 09:48 PM | Reply

Jeez. A fine practitioner of power pop. Sorry to hear.

There are going to be a lot more of these losses in 2020. Let's hope for the best and steel ourselves for the incredible challenges ahead.

#4 | Posted by cbob at 2020-04-01 09:50 PM | Reply

I'm noticing that a lot of singers seem to get the particularly fast acting worst symptoms.

Does lung capacity play any role?

This is alarming.

#5 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-04-02 07:32 AM | Reply


You mean these numbers of dead are actual people??

Someone please tell the Trumptilians.

RIP friend.

Any friend of Stephen Colbert is automatically a friend of mine.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-02 11:44 AM | Reply

Didn't know he got nominated for an egot.

I know that Stacy's mom A) is hot as they come B) is good for sex c) the music video would have been enjoyed by Rockwell for being so very slice of young life/funny af.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2020-04-02 11:58 AM | Reply

Fountains of Wayne--"Radiation Vibe"

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2020-04-02 02:03 PM | Reply

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