Maureen – Fountains of Wayne

Friend zoned – the musical.

Fountains of Wayne were a nerd rock band in the same mould as Wheatus and Weezer who had a line in post ironic wimp rock around the big old millennium switch over. They’re basically Sum-41 with self esteem issues. Or R.E.M’s kids trying to do Blink 182.

I Love a gross oversimplification. And so it goes. Maureen is a tight Cheap Trick style pop rock song with a funny lyric from the perspective of an unrequited male who is probably ‘thought of like a brother’ by the titular lady.

The song has hooks aplenty and a neat squelchy keytar effect, it doesn’t hang around long going from 0 to all over in about 3 minutes.

For a band who released an album called Welcome Interstate Managers it’s lovely to see they don’t really do unnecessary fuss. Punchy Lowlite Power Pop.


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