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This was featured in the movie That Thing You Do, starring Tom Hanks as the manager of the fictional '60s Pop band The Wonders. In the movie, the song becomes their breakout hit and makes the band a huge success with legions of teenage fans. (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, WA)
The song is about heartbreak and chasing after lost love - cliché '60s song writing topics. The track also has a chipper sound, complete with bright guitars and harmonies, reminiscent of early Beatles.
Adam Schlesinger, bass player for Fountains Of Wayne, wrote this song. In our 2011 interview with Schlesinger
, he revealed how the track made its way into the movie: "That was a very long time ago. That was 1995 I think I first heard about it, or '96, and I was just starting out. I had a publishing deal as a writer and they told me about this movie - they said that they were looking for something that sounds like early Beatles. And they knew that that was an era that I liked a lot. So I just took a shot at it and got very lucky and they used the song." Schlesinger said he found he was more known for this song than Fountains of Wayne's hit single "Stacy's Mom
Mike Viola, from the band The Candy Butchers, sang lead on this track. Adam Schlesinger was friends with Viola, and had him sing on the demo. The movie's producers liked his sound and kept him for the film version. None of the actors in the movie actually played on the song.
In 1997, this was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards and Best Original Song at the Golden Globe Awards, but lost to Madonna's "You Must Love Me" from the film Evita on both occasions.
NSYNC, New Found Glory and The Knack have all covered this song.
Julie Gold - "From A Distance"
Julie was a secretary at HBO when she thawed out her childhood piano (literally) and wrote the hit that changed her life.
This Kentucky singer/songwriter's hits include "She Couldn't Change Me" (recorded by Montgomery Gentry) and "It Ain't Easy Being Me."
Songs About Movies
Iron Maiden, Adele, Toto, Eminem and Earth, Wind & Fire are just some of the artists with songs directly inspired by movies - and not always good ones.
A talented lyricist, Philip helped revive Neil Sedaka's career with the words to "Laughter In The Rain" and "Bad Blood."