Fountains Of Wayne Channel Devo, Whitesnake For New Video

Led by dual singer-songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood, the witty popsters known as the Fountains of Wayne have returned with a new album, "Utopia Parkway," the follow-up to its critically lauded, self-titled 1996 debut.

That record produced a minor alternative rock hit in "Radiation Vibe." But the Fountains of Wayne saw its rep really soar after "That Thing You Do," a song which Schlesinger wrote for the Tom Hanks film of the same name, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1996. (Schlesinger eventually lost out to the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber tune "You Must Love Me" from "Evita.")

The Fountains of Wayne just released "Denise" as the first single from "Utopia Parkway," and as Collingwood and Schlesinger told MTV News, they worked with director Tryan George to match the song's vintage feel with the look of the video.

"The song itself is supposed to kind of combine the New Wave sound with this story about

this girl from Queens who works in a travel agency," Schlesinger said, "and we tried to get those two elements in the video. It sort of ended up being this combination of a Devo video and a Whitesnake video or something."

"We've got this New Wave look going on," he continued, "and then we've got this really mid-'80s, heavy metal, sexist car-wash dousing."

"There hasn't been enough exploitation of the female form since the mid-'80s,"
Collingwood joked. "I think Warrant was the last great progenitor."

"Of girls writhing around on cars?"
Schlesinger asked.

"Yeah," [RealVideo] answered Collingwood.

The Fountains of Wayne, which now features ex-Posies drummer Brian Young and guitarist Jody Porter, will start a three-week European

tour on Friday.