Published Apr 25, 2020Since Fountains of Wayne vocalist and songwriter Adam Schlesinger died of COVID-19 complications earlier this month, there have been several touching tributes to the late musician, including a Fountains of Wayne reunion show featuring Sharon Van Etten, a That Thing You Do! cast reunion and a cover of "That Thing You Do!" by Billie Joe Armstrong. But here's an unexpected tribute that will hit you right in the feels: a tender mashup of "Stacy's Mom" with Tame Impala's "The Less I Know the Better."
The mashup, titled "The Less Stacy's Mom Knows the Better," was posted to noted Instagram music meme page neutral_milk_airbnb and credited to photographer Jared Chase Bowser. The account operator wrote, "This mashup by @jaredchasebowser is lovingly dedicated to Adam Schlesinger, who passed earlier this month. Hope it brings everyone a laugh and a smile."
By stripping out Fountains of Wayne's schmaltzy power pop track and replacing it with Tame Impala's smooth, funked-up instrumental, it brings out an R&B-adjacent sheen to Schlesinger's vocals, especially in the chorus, where most of the track drops out escept for synth chords and the song's driving bassline.
Listen to the beautiful mashup below.