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Hey Julie (Adam Schlesinger/ Fountains of Wayne)
- NeedsBacking Vocals
- NeedsDrums Steel
- NeedsKeys Piano Electric - Rhodes
- NeedsSurprise me
- NeedsBass Electric
My Adam Schlesinger memorial rockfest continues with this near perfect pop song from the third Fountains of Wayne album 'Welcome Interstate Managers.'
This song is about a guy with a crappy job and a sweet girlfriend. It is a straight up love song filled with gratitude and not even a touch of irony. Or is it? In the video they show that Julie is actually the guy's dog (not his girlfriend), but I'm pretty sure that is a joke. But Julie never really does or says anything in this song, so who knows - maybe she is his dog. If anyone ever learns how to teach a dog to rub your back when you get home from work then tell me how!
Anyway, the feel we're going for here is lighthearted and bouncy. The emotional substance of this song is pretty close to what Jackson Brown sang about in 'The Pretender', i.e. love as the balm that allows emotional survival for the working class. But this one is more humorous and playful. It also hearkens way back to 'Die Gedanken Sind Frei" but in a sweet bubblegum rock way. Also a little like Bob Seger's song 'I Feel Like A Number.' But less lonely, because Julie! With all the talk about meaningless numbers that don't add up, his job reminds me a bit of the place Chandler Bing (from "Friends") works.
We can (and should!) come up with tuneful ways to interpret the bell-like keyboard fills in the instrumental interludes. Maybe a harmonica fill, or marimbas, or steel drums, or... Man steel drums would be cool! But no players are listed in the BandHug Help Wanted section. If you have a steel drum then PLEASE contact me. Your destiny awaits! :-)
I've invited a few of the usual suspects but this collab is open to all. I could use a couple happy voices to help out with the choruses. And there's definitely a place for creative use of various hand percussion to fill out the rhythm. The tempo should be light, like skipping through the park feeling all in love, with a strong backbeat, and not swinging at all.
This is the best version of tab out there.
Ignore the chord diagrams at the top and look instead at the ascii chord descriptions. Those are the C2 and D9 voicings FOW's guitarist actually plays.
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