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Welcome Interstate Managers is the third studio album by the American rock band Fountains of Wayne. It was originally released by S-Curve Records on June 10th, 2003. 

Power pop favourites Fountains of Wayne made it big with “Welcome Interstate Managers”, which featured the inescapable hit “Stacy’s Mom” alongside plenty of other undeniably sharply crafted rock (check out, for instance, “Bright Future in Sales,” “Hey Julie,” or any of the album’s stellar 17 songs).  An instant classic, Welcome Interstate Managers now arrives on vinyl for the first time with a bonus track, the non-album B-side “Elevator Up!” It’s pressed on a “natural” colourway with black swirl” colourway. This means the base is actually uncoloured vinyl, with just a few swirls of black added to match the monochromatic album art. The discs are housed in printed inner sleeves within a gatefold jacket. Limited to just 3,000 copies, this is one to wake up early for – and a bittersweet reminder of the tremendous talent lost with the passing of Adam Schlesinger earlier this year to COVID-19.

it’s the most popular album by one of the greatest power pop bands of all time – and it’s never been on vinyl! ‘welcome interstate managers’ was hailed a classic from the day it came out in 2003, and featured Fountains of Wayne’s biggest hit with “Stacy’s Mom”. While their debut album had “Sick Day” and “You Curse at Girls,” and “Utopia Parkway” featured “Prom Theme” and “The Senator’s Daughter,” Welcome Interstate Managers introduces the song “Fire Island,” a plea to be left home alone when the parents go on vacation, and “All Kinds of Time,” perhaps the best (and first) musical interpretation of a slow-motion football replay ever recorded.

The song craft and lyrical wit of Chris Collingwood and the late, great Adam Schlesinger have never been sharper; there’s not a bad song on this record and lot of them (e.g. “Bright Future in Sales;” “Hackensack”) rise to the same lofty perch as “Stacy’s Mom.” real gone music presents this landmark album in a 2-lp set inside a gatefold jacket with two printed inner sleeves featuring lyrics, with a natural with black swirl pressing limited to 3000 copies that beautifully matches the monochromatic cover. also included as a bonus track: the non-LP B-side to the “Stacy’s Mom” single, “Elevator Up!” exclusive to record store day/black friday.

Fans waiting for Fountains of Wayne to finally quit goofing around and release a sonically experimental, brooding collection of “serious music” are just going to have to keep waiting. Luckily, the number of their listeners hoping for anything besides another infectious batch of sunny singalong numbers from Adam Schlesinger, Chris Collingwood, and company is probably about the same as the number of people waiting for the White Stripes to record a smooth jazz record.  While they reinforce their reputation as the reigning deities of uptempo, big-guitar pop/rock with feel-good anthems.

Adam Schlesinger was a prodigious and prolific songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He died on April 1 at the age of 52 as the result of complications from COVID-19. Not only was Schlesinger in multiple beloved bands—including the power-pop-leaning Fountains of Wayne and sophisticated electro-pop act Ivy—but he also collaborated on songs for movie soundtracks and the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

A wide array of artists touched by Schlesinger’s life pay tribute to the many musical projects of which he was a part via the Bandcamp-exclusive benefit compilation, Saving for a Custom Van. The 31-song collection features collaborators, tourmates, friends, and fans putting their own spin on songs spanning his entire career. Saving for a Custom Van, which takes its title from a lyric in Fountains of Wayne’s “Utopia Parkway,” is co-curated and co-released by Father/Daughter Records and Wax Nine.


One-hundred percent of Saving for a Custom Van proceeds will be donated to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is dedicated to helping music industry and community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released June 16th, 2020