Here is the list of songs from Welcome Interstate Managers that I almost wrote about: “Bright Future in Sales,” “All Kinds of Time,” “Bought For a Song,” “Supercollider,” and of course the actual hit single, “Stacey’s Mom,” which rode a brilliant Cars rip and a problematic MILF-tastic video to just outside the top 20.
But it always seems like doing that many songs an album is excess, except when it doesn’t. None of which has anything to do with today’s song, “No Better Place.”
With lead guitarist Joey Porter winding a circular riff around the entire song, and perfectly-timed “ahhhhhhhhs” in the chorus, “No Better Place” is a shimmering example of the power pop that Fountains of Wayne are lumped in with but rarely actually play.
Lyrically, it’s about someone who has had enough of New York and is leaving it for what Chris Collingwood points out is “no better place,” leading to this great verse after Porter takes a haltingly lovely solo.
And the bourbon sits inside me
Right now I’m a puppet in its sway
And it may be the whiskey talking
But the whiskey says I miss you every day
There is a part of me that thinks this could be an answer song to the dBs “A Better Place,” which just missed being one of the songs I wrote about from The Sound of Music, which would account for its dB’s-like sound, but I doubt it.
“No Better Place” performed live in Chicago, 2009
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