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11. More Schlesinger

11. More Schlesinger

Philadelphia, PA

The sounds of Ivy and Fountains of Wayne are literally as different as night and day. Fountains of Wayne specializes in goofy sunny power pop songs while Ivy’s music has a sultry, airy, after-hours sound. What both bands share, outstanding musical and songwriting talent, is no doubt due in large part to Schlesinger’s influence. Those who know Fountains of Wayne only from their hit "Stacy’s Mom" might not know it, but their albums are musically all over the map and their lyrics are sharp and funny without ever getting overly obnoxious. Schlesinger reminds me a lot of Beck, in that he wears his musical influences on his sleeve but at the same time tries to expand on their sound rather than just imitating it.