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Fountains of Wayne / Manchester University

They're good. There's no doubt about that. Clever, tuneful and, when you can hear their jokes, funny. All the things you ordinarily find lacking in other pop groups. All the things you might complain about. So why aren't Fountains of Wayne a dream come true? Why do you leave the venue not ever wanting to hear them again? Why do you wake up the next morning with their choruses joy-riding around your head? And why do you want to kill them for it?

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