This just in: alternative power-pop rock band Fountains Of Wayne — led by the songwriting powerhouse duo of — Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood — return to Charleston for a show at the Music Farm on Mon. June 18 in support of a new 14-song album titled Traffic and Weather (Virgin). [image-1] The new record finds the band continuing “to re-imagine early-’60s jangle, late-’60s psychedelia, ’70s classic rock, ’80s New Wave, ’90s alt-rock, and contemporary pop in their own inimitable style,” says they. The band may be best known for their excruciatingly catchy/Knack-esque 2003 hit “Stacy’s Mom,” but their songwriting, arranging, and riffing talents are genuine.

I look forward to interview lead guitarist Jody Porter this week. As some in the local band scene remember, Porter played for years a in various original bands in the late 1980s and’90s — from the teenage New Wave/rock bands Foreign Aide, Sound Committee, and The Waltons to The Fields, The Belltower, and, most recently, Astrojet.

[image-2] I actually had the pleasure of playing with this guy in 1985 and ’86 in The Sound Committee (see pictures at left) with bassist Glenn Horres (also of The Islands, The Nabors, Honey Wagon, Velveeeta, and other local acts) and keyboardist Edward Hart (also of The Islands and Velveeeta, currently a music professor at the CofC). [image-3]

Porter’s original work was equally inspired by the Beatles and the British Invasion, local trio The Killer Whales guitarist David Bethany’s original work (compare the Whales’ “Here in the Modern World” to Porter’s “Livin’ in the Real World”), and the British New Wave of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Oh, those good ol’ days!

Look for a feature on the Fountains in the City Paper issue of June 13.