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SAVING FOR A CUSTOM VAN Album Pays Tribute to Adam Schlesinger

Like many fans of music and movies, we here at Nerdist were devastated by the sudden loss of Adam Schlesinger. He passed in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, in tribute to the Fountains of Wayne musician, a wide array of artists and friends have collaborated on Saving for a Custom Van. The 31-track compilation album is named after a lyric from Fountains’ song “Utopia Parkway.” All of the proceeds from the Bandcamp release will support MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, dedicated to helping music industry and community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adam Schlesinger discussing music

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I spoke to Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator and star, as well as close friend of Schlesinger, about the album and her contribution to it. She performs a lounge rendition of “Stacy’s Mom” that she described as their favorite thing to perform together live. “I never thought I could mourn by singing a song about crushing on a MILF but it was a surprisingly great way to process emotions,” Bloom said. “My original pass was recorded on a shitty mic that I’ve had for years, on GarageBand. Then Jack Dolgen talked me through production and had me order some proper equipment.” Dolgen, a music supervisor and staff writer on CEG, contributes a cover of “What’ll It Be” to the mix. 

The album features tracks that span the entirety of Schlesinger’s prolific career. It includes artists like Ted Leo, Nada Surf, and a duet from Ben Lee and Sarah Silverman. The latter was collaborating with Schlesinger on a stage musical of The Bedwetter at the time of his passing. 

“This is the closest thing to a mass memorial that his friends and collaborators are gonna get for now,” says Bloom. “You can feel the love pouring out from each track.”   

Saving For a Custom Van is available on Bandcamp

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