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New Routine [Apr. 5th, 2007|08:39 pm]
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I got the new Fountains of Wayne CD "Traffic and Weather" yesterday. And...wow.


I already have a favourite song - not just on this CD but of all time: New Routine.

New Routine

Two men sit in the corner of a diner
Both of them look quite a bit like Carl Reiner
One of them is smoking even though the sign says not to
The waitress says to stop, he says sorry but I've got to
They tell each other jokes that they both know that they both know
They talk about real estate, prostates, Costco
And when they finish up they leave a twenty on the table
The waitress picks it up with their half-eaten bagels
And when her shift is over she goes back to Mineola
Sits on the couch, opens up a diet cola and says

I'm so, I'm so sick of this place I'm so ready for a change of pace
I'm just looking for a new routine
So she spins her globe and the next thing you know
She's living in Liechtenstein

She doesn't speak German, only high school Spanish
But within a few weeks she discovers she can manage
But there's not much going on except for banking and skiing
So she breaks up with the man that she just started seeing
He drops her at the airport in a diesel Mercedes
Thinks to himself I'm so feeble with the ladies and I

I'm so, I'm so sick of this place
I'm so ready for a change of pace
I'm just looking for a new routine
So he grabs his cap
Throws a dart at a map
And now he's living in Bowling Green

He talks his way into
A job at La Quinta
Falls for the manager
Who's moving back to Canada
She's tried Roanoke, Reykjavik, Rome
Says you're really sweet but I just want to go home

Two men sit in the corner of a diner
One of them says I might take a trip to China
It's one of those things we should do before we're too old
Thanks but no thanks, bring me back an egg roll
Bring it back

Um...yeah. I've actually done this. More than once.

Someone To Love

Seth Shapiro got his law degree
He moved to Brooklyn from Schenectady, '93
Got some clients in the food industry
He says it's not the money, it's the recipes

He calls his mom, says he's doing fine
She's got somebody on the other line
Puts Coldplay on, pours a glass of wine
Curls up with a book about organized crime

When it's late, and it's hot
And a date with the Late Show's all that you've got
Don't give out, don't give up
One of these nights you might find someone to love

Beth McKenzie got the job of her dreams
Retouching photos for a magazine aimed at teens
It's Thursday night she should be out on the scene
But she's sitting at home watching "The King of Queens"

There's something wrong that she can't describe
She takes the contacts out of her eyes
Sets the alarm for 6:45
So she can get a little exercise

When it's late, and it's hot
And an hour in the shower is the best that you've got
Don't give out, don't give up
One of these nights you might find someone to love

And you're not the only one who's lonely

Seth Shapiro is trying in vain
To hail a taxi in the morning in the pouring rain
Beth McKenzie sees one just up ahead
She cuts in front of him and leaves him for dead

Awesome. And not just because of that shower line (been there, done that) but because who writes a song with "Schenectady," "King of Queens" and taking out your contacts? That right there is just...awe inspiring.

And it's inspired me to revisit my soundtrack which I made almost four years ago (if you can believe that...shocked the hell out of me when I realised it). "New Routine" is definitely going to have a prominent spot on the new, four-years-later soundtrack.

[User Picture]From: jumbach
2007-04-06 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, but does Stacy's Mom still have it going on?

Thanks for the tip their new CD is out. But you never struck me as a FOW fan. You continually surprise me. Bowling for Soup, Caedmon's Call, now Fountains of Wayne.

What about Smashmouth, Sugarcult, and Smashing Pumpkins?

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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2007-04-06 09:25 pm (UTC)
I actually liked them before I knew who they were, when I fell in love with That Thing You Do in 1997...they actually did most of the songs, along with Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers. I think I got my first FoW CD in 2002 - used at a street fair. One of my ex-friends introduced me to them when she drove past the real Fountains of Wayne.

Heh...guess you missed the posts where I finally bought Welcome Interstate Travellers, when I went to a concert, and when I bought Out of State Plates while stuck at LaGuardia. Oh, yeah. I love them. They were the second song on my first soundtrack...

Caedmon's Call, I just have that one song about San Francisco. Bowling for Soup is funny...I actually bought them because I needed one more CD when I joined BMG (they didn't have a lot of stuff I liked) and I totally fell for them. I've used them on a Valentine's mix, and they're going to have a spot on my new soundtrack.
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