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Hey Julie (Adam Schlesinger/ Fountains of Wayne)

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Published on 09 Apr 2021 / In Rock / Power Pop

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.
https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.c....om/tab/fountains-of-
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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Surferbeto
Surferbeto 4 months ago

Thanks Dirsel88. The way tracks come into collabs inhaphazard order, I'm not 100% sure what's new and what's old. Hand percussion on box and clear bell-like percussion newly added?

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Diesel88
Diesel88 4 months ago

17 TRACKS .....

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Diesel88
Diesel88 4 months ago

Hey Surferbeto more percussion added

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Surferbeto
Surferbeto 5 months ago

New mix with published with cool harmonica riffage de Mexico!

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Surferbeto
Surferbeto 5 months ago

The bridge still sounds a little bit sparse ("...how did it come to be that you and I must be far away from each other every day...")
Richard Laguna I wonder if you would like to try recording a few long, low notes in that section of the song? The chords there are mostly minor. Maybe wail and bend bluesy on those low minor thirds to make it sound sad (because he's singing about missing Julie). And then when it hits the piano interlude next it gets happier (because he's feeling happier thinking about being with Julie).

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Richard Laguna
Richard Laguna 5 months ago

Oh friend! I have to perfect myself even more! lol yes really!

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Surferbeto
Surferbeto 5 months ago

@Richard Laguna: I hope you understand that I am an enthusiastic fan of yours. I am trying to help you shoot high and reach the stars. I do not want to seem like a greedy taskmaster who always wants more more more.... If we were jamming in the same room together then we would probably play the song together a couple times and talk about it and inspire each other and eventually come up with a really kick-ass great arrangement. Rock on Ricardo!

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Richard Laguna
Richard Laguna 5 months ago

@Surferbeto: Oh, I understand ! Yes, you're right

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