The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 September 2003

And here's to you, Mrs Such-and-such

With the laundry done, I settled back in my chair to perform two concurrent tasks, one sort of painful, one more like hopeful: I grabbed this week's accumulated bills and logged onto the bank site to pay them, and I popped open this week's newest musical acquisitions to play them.

Tucked inside the envelope with the phone bill was a pitch for the telco's own online-payment service, illustrated with an overhead shot of a woman at a notebook presumably using said service. Now Net-based services are no less likely to fall back on Sex Sells than any other commercial endeavor, but the telco's bill-paying model isn't the usual barely-legal refugee from a Skechers ad; you can't see her face, but her slightly-streaked, vaguely-unkempt coif, the slight thickness around her upper arms, the prominent striations on the backs of her hands as she types all these things indicate that we're looking at, not some twentysomething babe, but her fortyish (fiftyish?) mother. And that's a good thing: not all of us are youngsters anymore, and when we were, we didn't particularly want to be reminded of things like phone bills. Besides, I was pleased to note, Mom had a nice pair of gams.

And precisely at that moment, Fountains of Wayne launched into "Stacy's Mom", a song about a guy who doesn't mind hanging with a classmate, but:

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

I pulled the booklet from the CD case to verify that yep, that's what I heard.

This probably isn't the sort of synchronicity that would have impressed Carl Jung, or even Sting, but it shook me up for a couple of minutes.

Posted at 5:00 PM to Almost Yogurt

I accidentally SAW the Stacy's Mom video. That was a shocker! BTW, Rachel Hunter is cast as Stacy's mom.

Posted by: DeborahT at 7:48 PM on 7 September 2003

Omigod, there's a video?

(Rachel Hunter? Damn, I need to get some serious broadband here.)

Posted by: CGHill at 7:57 PM on 7 September 2003

I wanna see the video too. An updated "The Graduate"? I hear you about not being a youngster anymore...but I wouldn't want to do it again either.

Posted by: Dawn at 8:34 PM on 7 September 2003

FoW is one of my favorite bands. You can watch the video for "Stacey's Mom" at

Posted by: Cam at 6:30 AM on 8 September 2003

Some blogger I read went ballistic over that video weeks ago. There's a scene where Stacy catches the boy in the bathroom doing something that apparently we're supposed to interpret as unwholesome and potentially blindness-inducing.


Posted by: McGehee at 8:01 AM on 8 September 2003

Please note that I already wear glasses, and have since I was, um, fifteen.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:29 AM on 8 September 2003

I have now seen the video.

I think I'm gonna cry.

Posted by: CGHill at 4:29 PM on 8 September 2003

I cant find the video its not on there website. if it is den where is it???

Posted by: SS at 2:40 PM on 9 October 2003

Last time I tried, this location worked.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:03 PM on 9 October 2003