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Utopia Parkway
Studio album by Fountains of Wayne
Released April 6, 1999
Recorded Stratosphere Sound
Genre Rock
Length 45:35
Label Atlantic Records
83177-2
Producer Adam Schlesinger, Chris Collingwood
Professional reviews
Fountains of Wayne chronology
Fountains of Wayne
(1996)
Utopia Parkway
(1999)
Welcome Interstate Managers
(2003)

Utopia Parkway is a 1999 album by Fountains of Wayne, released through Atlantic Records. It was the follow-on to the band's 1996 self-titled debut; like its predecessor, it showcases upbeat, power pop music.

Following this album, Fountains of Wayne was dropped by their label, Atlantic Records, after sales failed to meet expectations. As well, the band had a growing dispute with the company after it decided not to release the song "Troubled Times" as a single.[1]

Utopia Parkway is also the name of a major street that connects the neighborhoods of Utopia, Beechhurst and several other neighborhoods in the Queens borough of New York City. The street sign on the cover of the Fountains of Wayne album is from this street.

Contents

Track listing

All songs written by Chris Collingwood/Adam Schlesinger.

  1. "Utopia Parkway"
  2. "Red Dragon Tattoo"
  3. "Denise"
  4. "Hat and Feet"
  5. "The Valley of Malls"
  6. "Troubled Times"
  7. "Go, Hippie"
  8. "A Fine Day For a Parade"
  9. "Amity Gardens"
  10. "Laser Show"
  11. "Lost in Space"
  12. "Prom Theme"
  13. "It Must Be Summer"
  14. "The Senator's Daughter"
  15. "I Know You Well" (Japan bonus track)

Reception

Utopia Parkway was named an "Album of the Week" by People Magazine in 1999 upon its release, and got very good reviews in major media outlets.

The album contains two fan favorite songs from the Fountains' live performances: "Red Dragon Tattoo," about a boy who gets a tattoo to impress a girl, and "Denise," a faux-grunge power-pop confection where the songwriters show their intentionally bad and comic writing with "She works at Liberty Travel//She's got a heart made of gravel." "Troubled Times," originally written by Chris Collingwood when he and Adam Schlesinger were in a previous incarnation of Fountains of Wayne called Pinnwheel, is also a fan favorite. The rest of the album, excepting "Utopia Parkway," was less popular than the seven or eight concert-ready pop songs from their debut.

Cover versions

The 2008 Dar Williams album Promised Land includes a cover of "Troubled Times".

Endnotes

  1. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/fountains-of-wayne/id154213
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