I have a new favorite band. They’ve actually been around for seventeen years, but I never took the time to give them a fair listen. (Hey, I’ve been busy.)
What first grabbed me was their choice of album and song titles (Welcome Interstate Managers, “Bright Future in Sales,” “Utopia Parkway,” “Song of the Passaic”). This is a band that loves to skewer the insipidity of industrial life, as often practiced. Their song topics are grist for the mill for organizational change agents (that might be you) who would like to see more spirit, color, and joy in officeland.
Here’s a video of “Hey Julie” featuring their patented bash-the-boss humor.
I keep thinking that if Ray Davies and the Kinks were born in the US in the 1970s, say in North Jersey, they would probably be writing songs like “Hackensack” or “Song of the Passaic.”
The band is named after a lawn ornament store in Wayne, New Jersey. Of course.
Here’s a live clip of FOW performing their 2003 hit single. “Stacy’s Mom.”