Single Review: Fountains of Wayne “Stacy’s Mom”

Stacy’s Mom
Album: Welcome Interstate Managers
Year: 2003

Lead singer Chris Collingwood dates his girlfriend only to ogle her mother in the incestous “Stacy’s Mom.”

With fuzzy vocals, Collingwood dreamily says that his girlfriend’s mom is hot. Meanwhile, the guitars play a michievious riff while the drums interrupt in short bursts. (“Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on….Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on”).

He is currently going out with a girl from school, Stacy. He invites himself to her house and stutters at the thought of seeing any exposed female skin. He then questions Stacy about her mom’s whereabouts. Half-serious, half-kiddingly asks if her mom is ignoring him. (“Stacy, can I come over after school? (after school)/We can hang around by the pool (hang by the pool)/Did your mom get back from her business trip? (business trip)/Is she there, or is she trying to give me the slip? (give me the slip”).

Collingwood then defends his attraction by using his age. He’s no longer a kid, playing with G.I. Joes and playing silly pranks. He considers himself an adult now. His voice has become deeper, he can grow a mustache, and drive. Girls his age are just too immature for him.(“You know, I’m not the little boy that I used to be/I’m all grown up now, baby can’t you see”).

He breaks up with Stacy in the chorus, saying his crush on her mom is the reason. He’s liked her for a long time. A long time being sometime last year between the cracks in his voice and finding a spot to hide his Playboys. He realizes the crush is inapproriate but doesn’t care. (“Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on/She’s all I want and I’ve waited for so long/Stacy, can’t you see you’re just not the girl for me/I know it might be wrong but I’m in love with Stacy’s mom”).

Collingwood’s vocals return for a mid-chorus break. (“Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on/Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on”).

Instead of ending the conversation at “hey, I rather make out with your mom than you,” Collingwood puts salt further into Stacy’s wound. He tells her how he got interested in her mom. It was when he first was trying to impress Stacy. While he was mowing the lawn, his jaw dropped as he saw her mom walk into the front yard with only a towel wrapped around her body. Her mom bent down, which gave him an eyeful, and teased by saying he missed a spot on the grass. (“Stacy, do you remember when I mowed your lawn? (mowed your lawn)/Your mom came out with just a towel on (towel on)/I could tell she liked me from the way she stared (the way she stared)/And the way she said, “You missed a spot over there” (a spot over there”). Not only does he dump Stacy, but gives her an inferiority complex as a parting gift. Stacy’s going to be entering therapy soon to try to figure out why she feels like she can’t measure up.

He arrogantly dismisses Stacy’s opinion that it couldn’t happen. He believes he could be just the guy her mom needs to help her get over her divorce. (“And I know that you think it’s just a fantasy/But since your dad walked out, your mom could use a guy like me”).

The chorus is sung twice to end the single.

Everyone’s a little bit screwed up in “Stacy’s Mom.” While Collingwood’s feelings are normal, he oversteps his boundaries. He doesn’t want to lie to Stacy but yet he confesses why her mom is better than her. He’s doing major psychological damage to her and possibly ruining Stacy’s self-worth in the process. Also, he wants to her mom who is related to her. It would be like dating someone who is like a mother to him. It’s not like it’s a teacher or some random woman working at the drug store.

Stacy’s mom has some self-esteem issues as well. She walks out in the front yard wearing only a towel in front of the whole neighborhood. She obviously wants the men to notice her and stare. Then, to make it worse, she flirts with her daughter’s boyfriend. Collingwood may have been exaggerating a little, but not by much. Stacy’s mom was looking for validation that she’s still as beautiful as she was in her youth.

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