Ben Gibbard Pays Tribute To Adam Schlesinger With Fountains Of Wayne Cover

By Katrina Nattress

April 3, 2020

After two weeks of daily livestreams, Ben Gibbard pared back his "Live From Home" sessions to once a week, treating fans to a broadcast every Thursday. For his first weekly show, the Death Cab For Cutie frontman took some time to pay tribute to Adam Schlesinger, the Fountains of Wayne singer who died Wednesday (April 1).

He lamented about never meeting the Grammy- and Emmy-winning songwriter, and thanked him for helping persuade The Monkees to use one of Gibbard's songs for their GOOD TIMES album in 2016.

“I owe him a huge debt of gratitude because he was integral in picking ‘Me & Magdalena’ for the Monkees to record four years ago,” he said. “I always thought, as one always does in life, that you’ll have plenty of time to say ‘thank you’ or ‘I love you’ or give somebody a compliment or what have you, but that day obviously did not come.”

He honored Schlesinger with a cover of "Barbara H" off Fountains of Wayne's 1996 self-titled album. Watch Gibbard's full livestream below, and look out for the tribute around the 41:00 mark.

Schlesinger passed away after suffering complications from COVID-19. He was 52 years old.

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