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