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Fountains Of Wayne: Utopia Parkway (Atlantic)

Eric Weisbard, Spin, May 1999

WAYNE, NEW Jersey, I don't know, but Utopia Parkway was a mile from where I grew up, and let me tell you, Joseph Cornell's artistic legacy notwithstanding, it was nothing: just a strip of road bordered by working-family homes, passing St. John's University on its way to the Long Island Expressway. This was deep Queens, Manhattan miles away. A schlep. From here, you could imagine invading the city, conquering it — though wasn't it easier to eat Szechwan on Union Turnpike, or go barhopping on Bell Boulevard? We're not talking Robert Johnson's crossroads here, but a decision had to be made.

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