Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Be So Swell You'll Make Me Hate You!

From 2021 -- this month, actually -- please enjoy The John Sally Ride and "The Nicest Things," i.e. the coolest Fountains of Wayne track FOW never made.

The JSR -- who I wrote about on the occasion of their debut record back in 2017 -- features friend of PowerPop (and proprietor of the invaluable BURNING WOOD blog) Sal Nunziato on drums; the guy who writes the fabulous songs (and sings them in his endearingly Chris Collingwood-esque voice) is John Dunbar.

I enjoyed the previous album, but this new one is more than just an incremental improvement -- it's one of the best things I've heard all year, and I say that knowing full well that The Floor Models also made a record in 2021. Obviously, if Now Is Not a Great Time (love the cover art, BTW) made me quote a line from the original 42nd Street for today's title, it's pretty goddamn good, and these guys are fucking great.

In any case, you can listen to the thing, gratis, over at YouTube, but don't be a schween -- go buy it at iTunes or Spotify. As Sal points out, 1,000,000 streams and he can afford a handball.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

"...the coolest Fountains of Wayne track FOW never made." So true.
Gives hope to all us under-achieving old-timers. Well, this one anyway. Greatness, fame and fortune is still possible!
Congrats, Sal and thanks for sharing, Steve.