Hear the best Adam Schlesinger songs you didn't know were his

Carla Harmon
April 4, 2020

I lost a cousin to cancer, and I had just gotten off the phone telling the kids when I got the news alert - Adam Schlesinger, prolific pop genius, and only 52, had passed away due to COVID-19 complications. (It's someone's sick joke that Hanks was among the first big-name celebrities to test positive for the coronavirus, and now this.) I am not being hyperbolic when I call "That Thing You Do!" one of the greatest movie songs of all-time. I have to say, that song so closely mirrored how my sister and her husband got together, that had I ever had the chance to meet Adam Schlesinger in person, I had always planned to ask him if he had somehow found her diary at a thrift store. "Terribly sad today", Hanks, who is now on the mend after contracting COVID-19, continued in his tweet.

But it's also a marvel of songwriting engineering - a frothy confection that seamlessly hides its industrial-strength scaffolding.

After Fountains of Wayne's main run was done, Mr. Schlesinger would then drop behind the scenes and go on to be known for his writing.


The song was nominated for Best Original Song at the 1997 Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

They returned with a new label, S-Curve Records, and a new album, Welcome Interstate Managers, in 2003, which yielded the single Stacy's Mom, co-written by Schlesinger and Collingwood.

The song featured in Season One of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in 2016 and was one of scores he wrote for the show, including Anti-Depressants Are So Not a Big Deal, which won him and Bloom an Emmy in 2019. He won three Emmys, a Grammy, and the ASCAP Pop Music Award. Adam Schlesinger's illustrious career was also devoted to creating music for shows such as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and films like Music And Lyrics, The Manchurian Candidate, Shallow Hal, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Because of Winn-Dixie, Orange County, Two Weeks Notice and That Thing You Do!


Musician Jack Antonoff wrote that he was honoured to exist at the same time as Schlesinger, who "took pop music to its classiest and most untouchable place".

Jimmy Kimmel, Kathy Griffin, James Gunn and Stephen King also mourned the loss. He earned five Emmy nominations for his work on the show, including a win past year for co-writing the Season 4 song "Anti-Depressants Are So Not a Big Deal" with Bloom and Dolgen.

Schlesinger and Rachel Bloom collaborated on the music in her popular CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - for which he served as series composer. Collingwood's last tweet was a statement from Schlesinger's family about his hospitalization, but other musicians shared their appreciation for Schlesinger's music. -Chris" Songwriter Diane Warren said: "Shit so sorry to hear this. She said in an Instagram post Wednesday that she, her husband and her baby had returned home safely but it had been the most "emotionally intense" week of her life to be having her daughter while her "dear friend" was suffering 3,000 miles away.


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