Fountains Of Wayne
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The idiosyncratic pop duo Adam Schlesinger (31 October 1967, Montclair, New Jersey, USA) and Chris Collingwood (b. 1968, Pennsylvania, USA) first met on the roof of their college dorm in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in the mid-80s. The idea to collaborate came after Collingwood showed Schlesinger the chords to an R.E.M. song. They were members of a succession of college bands, including Wooly Mammoth, Are You My Mother? and the esoterically named Three Men When Stood Side By Side Have A Wingspan Of Over 12 Feet. However, when college ended Collingwood concentrated on writing one-act plays, while his partner took a number of temporary positions. They eventually reunited in Boston, but after signing a recording contract as the Wallflowers they abandoned their claim to that name (they actually sold the rights to the name to another Wallflowers, featuring Bob Dylans son Jakob). The proposed record never appeared.
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