Adam Schlesinger passed away from coronavirus-related issues and I’m shook.
You may not know the name, but you know the songs. So many perfect pop songs were written by the co-founder of Fountains of Wayne. Sure, you know “Stacy’s Mom,” but that isn’t even the best song on that album.1
Spenser Kornhaber, writing in The Atlantic, outlined just a few of his credits.
Schlesinger had other smashes, and many were just as good as the real thing. The 1996 Tom Hanks film That Thing You Do! portrayed a band rocketing to fame on the strength of one irresistible tune, which Schlesinger wrote for the movie. He created the songs for the 2007 Hugh Grant rom-com, Music and Lyrics, about a middle-aged pop star trying to revive his career. On the 2010s TV comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, characters regularly belted Schlesinger’s madcap words to audiences that often existed only in those characters’ heads.
My favorite songs are on the Tinted Windows album.
Stay inside, people. Stay safe.