Adam Schlesinger, the Grammy- and Emmy-winning songwriter and Fountains of Wayne frontman, died on Wednesday of problems from the coronavirus. He was 52.
Schlesinger wrote songs for films, most notably the title monitor from That Factor You Do!, and likewise penned unique songs, like “It is Not Only for Gays Anymore,” for the Tony and Emmy awards ceremonies.
Schlesinger’s largest contribution to tv was as the chief music producer for all 4 seasons of the CW hit comedy Loopy Ex-Girlfriend. Together with collaborators Rachel Bloom and Jack Dolgren, Schlesinger wrote or co-wrote the entire present’s 157 songs, deftly mixing comedic conditions with catchy pop hooks and pitch-perfect style parodies.
Colleagues and associates of Schlesinger’s, together with Tom Hanks and Rachel Bloom, paid tribute to the songwriter on Wednesday night time.
There could be no Playtone with out Adam Schlesinger, with out his That Factor You Do! He was a One-der. Misplaced him to Covid-19. Terribly unhappy immediately. Hanx
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 2, 2020
In Schlesinger’s honor, we have picked a number of of our favourite Loopy Ex-Girlfriend songs. Scroll by way of our selections under to pattern the late songwriter’s comedic genius.
“Accept Me” (Season 1, Episode 4)
“Accept Me” is a showcase for Santino Fontana’s old school dancing and crooning, however the sentiment is trendy: “In the event you’re a damaged condom,” Fontana sings, “I am Plan B.” Grim.
“What’ll It Be?” (Season 1, Episode 6)
“What’ll It Be” was the primary indication that Loopy Ex-Girlfriend might actually tug on our heartstrings. It is a clear “Piano Man” pastiche, however it rings with sincerity.
“Gettin’ Bi” (Season 1, Episode 14)
Pete Gardner is totally pleasant on this Huey Lewis-inspired coming-out quantity, with exuberant lyrics which might be purposely TMI.
“Love Kernels” (Season 2, Episode 1)
Solely Loopy Ex-Girlfriend might open a season by pulling off an prolonged tribute to Beyonce’s Lemonade, not to mention one which jokes, “This video ate up our manufacturing finances / Darryl is now performed by a brush on a stand.”
“Ping Pong Woman” (Season 2, Episode 2)
Adam Schlesinger’s years in pop-punk band Fountains of Wayne actually present on this music — it is simply as punchy and catchy as any real entry within the style.
“Santa Ana Winds” (Season 2, Episode 11)
What if the wind had been an omniscient narrator that sang 4 Seasons-style songs commenting on the present’s plot developments? It isn’t a query anybody was asking, however the songs, sung by precise former Jersey Boys actor Eric Michael Roy, are simply wacky sufficient to work.
“Let’s Generalize About Males” (Season 3, Episode 1)
Is “Let’s Generalize About Males” making enjoyable of ladies who dismiss all males as the identical, or males who suppose that is what ladies do? The reply is type of each, which is what makes this music actually genius.
“The Buzzing from the Rest room” (Season 3, Episode 2)
Loopy Ex-Girlfriend is rarely higher than when it lets its minor characters shine in surprising methods, like when Michael McMillian’s character realizes what his spouse has been doing within the rest room (trace: it is not an electrical toothbrush). A Les Mis-style lament is a superb idea, and the truth that it is completely executed solely makes it extra spectacular.
“I Go to the Zoo” (Season 3, Episode 3)
“I Go to the Zoo” is one other music idea that sounds prefer it should not work on paper: it begins as a clubby gradual jam and turns right into a love letter to child pandas. Once more, what makes this music so good is that Scott Michael Foster’s supply stays completely earnest, whilst he rhymes “Ferrari” with “calamari.”
“Anti-Depressants Are So Not a Large Deal” (Season 4, Episode 13)
“Anti-Depressants Are So Not a Large Deal” is what lastly received Schlesinger, Bloom and Dolgren their much-deserved Emmy for Excellent Music and Lyrics. The upbeat dance quantity parodies La La Land and gives an necessary message about psychological well being, a topic that Loopy Ex-Girlfriend tackled intelligently and sometimes.