Yesterday the music world lost a hugely influential man to the Coronavirus. Adam Schlesinger, a musician who was not only the co-founder of New Jersey power pop band Fountains of Wayne, but an accomplished soundtrack writer, arranger, and producer in both TV and film. Musicians and celebs alike have paid tribute to the late musician. Last night on Conan, host Conan O’Brien stated how much he enjoyed Adam and his band. The band had been on Conan’s show many times over the years but Conan recalled one particular time when the band came on his show right after the devastating events of 9/11 to perform a cover of The Kink’s song, “Better Things.”
On a side note, many of us here at The Laugh Button are not only massive comedy fans, but we’re massive music fans (case in point check out our editor Andrew Buss’ Oral History on High Fidelity that he just wrote for Consequence of Sound). So this news stings deep. Schlesinger was only 52 and contributed countless power-pop classics to the American music songbook. From his work in bands like Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, and Tinted Windows, to writing movie and TV soundtracks. He was also in the stages of working on a musical based on The Nanny sitcom with his Crazy Ex-Girlfriend pal Rachel Bloom. This May a musical with Sarah Silverman based on her 2010 Biography The Bedwetter was set to hit Off Broadway which Schlesinger wrote the music for. Coronavirus is no joke, take this sh*t seriously folks.