Tuesday Tune: ‘I Want An Alien For Christmas’ by Fountains of Wayne

Song: “I Want An Alien For Christmas”

Artist: Fountains of Wayne

Album: Out-of-State Plates

Whenever a band gets really popular, there is always that bozo within everyone’s peer group that is quick to shout: “I was into this band way before they got popular!”

Unfortunately, when it comes to Fountains of Wayne, I am that bozo.


Most people know about Fountains of Wayne through their ubiquitous 2003 single, “Stacey’s Mom”.

Prior to this success, Fountains of Wayne (named after a lawn ornament store located in Wayne, NJ) released two albums of near-perfect power pop. I actually saw them perform at this dive bar in Asbury Park, NJ in the summer of 1999 (see… I’m totally that bozo)

“I Want an Alien for Christmas” is featured on the band’s 2005 B-sides and rarities collection, Out-of-State Plates. It is classic Fountains of Wayne and makes an excellent addition to any Christmas music collection. Here is a sample lyric:

I want an alien for Christmas

Bring me an alien this year

I want a little green guy

About three feet high

With seventeen eyes

Who knows how to fly

I want an alien for Christmas this year

I hope that all of you will add this song by Fountains of Wayne to your Christmas playlist, but remember… I was into them first.

What band were you into way before everyone else?

4 thoughts on “Tuesday Tune: ‘I Want An Alien For Christmas’ by Fountains of Wayne”

  1. Fortunately, there is at least one more of those Fountains of Wayne Bozos in the world John.  I have been listening to them for many years and songs like Red Dragon Tattoo, Leave the Biker, Alien for Christmas, and Utopia Parkway (among many, many more) just never get old.

    I have also played the bozo with bands like Death Cab for Cutie, or the Old 97’s.  Many people will call these bands one hit wonders many years down the road, but for me they are truly great, innovative musicians.

    Although it hasn’t come around to that yet, I suspect that the band I will possibly be that bozo with will be someone like Interpol, The Decemberists, Neko Case, or maybe even The Magic Numbers.

    Thanks for bringing this up…fun stuff…

  2. Ooooh. Old 97’s.  Their song “Timebomb” was on a CMJ sampler CD a few years ago.  I love it’s frenetic energy.  Lots of fun.

     

    And of course, Fountains of Wayne, who gained instant notice from me through their perfect 3-minute pop song: “Radiation Vibe”.

  3. Great call on The Old 97’s.  I’ll do you one better in the bozo department, and I’ll recommend Old 97’s frontman, Rhett Miller’s solo albums which are a little less country and a bit more power pop. 

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