Adam Schlesinger's Ivy Bandmates Share Tribute Video

The video features home movies, studio sessions and tour footage from the trio's archives

BY Kaelen BellPublished Oct 19, 2021

A new tribute video for Adam Schlesinger — songwriter and member of underrated bands Fountains of Wayne and Ivy who died last year of coronavirus complications — has been shared by his former Ivy bandmates. 

Andy Chase and Dominique Durand created the 26-minute tribute video, a sort of mini-documentary featuring a bunch of archival photos and videos of studio sessions and shows, plus some home movies and clips from the trio's life on the road. Chase and Durand also provide voice-over, talking about the band's history and reminiscing on their friendship with Schlesinger. 

"Ivy always flew under the radar to the world, which was fine," says Chase. "But in the context of Adam Schlesinger, and even myself and Dominique, Ivy was the rabbit's foot — the magical union between the three of us that really launched our careers."

Ivy officially formed in 1994 and released their debut full-length Realistic in 1995. The trio went on to release six albums, their last being 2011's All Hours. Their gentle, sugary jangle-pop featured the sort of effortless songwriting instincts that would eventually shape Fountains of Wayne and launch Schlesinger to (moderate) fame with "Stacy's Mom." 

"Adam always did what he wanted to do," Durand says in the video. "There was no compromise whatsoever. That was his M.O. in life — no compromise. No compromise in terms of artistic freedom, business freedom. That was a very, very important point of Adam's existence."

At the time of Schlesinger's death, tributes from the likes of Tom Hanks, Billie Joe Armstrong, Trixie Mattel, Rachel Bloom, Fran Drescher and Stephen King rolled in — a testament to his wide reach as a songwriter.  

You can check out Chase and Durand's very touching video below. 

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