“Halley’s Waitress” by Fountains of Wayne (2003)

“Halley’s Waitress” is a song by the “Stacy’s Mom” guys. It actually comes from the same album (Welcome Interstate Managers) as “Stacy’s Mom”. However, it sounds absolutely nothing like “Stacy’s Mom”. Not that I hate “Stacy’s Mom” at all, but the average music fan more than likely has no frame of reference for Fountains of… Read More “Halley’s Waitress” by Fountains of Wayne (2003)

“Comin’ From Where I’m From” by Anthony Hamilton (2003)

In the music industry’s pre-streaming salad days, the bigwigs at RCA/Arista Records would rent out an auditorium at a fancy hotel somewhere in New York City and usher in tastemakers for 2 or 3 days of new music and performances. This convention was part of their 4th quarter rollout every year. In addition to rubbing… Read More “Comin’ From Where I’m From” by Anthony Hamilton (2003)

“Catch Me While I’m Sleeping” by P!nk (2003)

Before she became a pop-rock powerhouse who performs aerial stunts on televised awards shows, P!nk was an R&B singer. Like a one-woman Destiny’s Child, she rocketed to the top on the charts on two gimmicks-the white R&B thing (which was much less prevalent pre-Timberlake) and the pink hair thing, which is thankfully now in the… Read More “Catch Me While I’m Sleeping” by P!nk (2003)

“Back In The Day (Puff)” by Erykah Badu (2003)

Hip-hop and R&B are littered with nostalgic songs (many of which are specifically titled “Back In The Day”.) Why does Badu’s jam stick out more than the others? It’s just a vibe, man. Not to say the other “Back In The Day”s don’t have a certain hazy warmth to them. Erykah manages to evoke that warmth without… Read More “Back In The Day (Puff)” by Erykah Badu (2003)