Adam Schlesinger was a prodigious and prolific songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He died on April 1 at the age of 52 as the result of complications from COVID-19. Not only was Schlesinger in multiple beloved bands—including the power-pop-leaning Fountains of Wayne and sophisticated electro-pop act Ivy—but he also collaborated on songs for movie soundtracks and the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
A wide array of artists touched by Schlesinger's life pay tribute to the many musical projects of which he was a part via the Bandcamp-exclusive benefit compilation, Saving for a Custom Van. The 31-song collection features collaborators, tourmates, friends, and fans putting their own spin on songs spanning his entire career. Saving for a Custom Van, which takes its title from a lyric in Fountains of Wayne's "Utopia Parkway," is co-curated and co-released by Father/Daughter Records and Wax Nine.
One-hundred percent of Saving for a Custom Van proceeds will be donated to MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is dedicated to helping music industry and community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Krumper, Chris Collingwood, Jaime Herman, David Shaw, Mariah Czap, Ben Weber, Megan Frestedt, Josh Newman, Matt McGreevey, Darin Harmon, Grant McCallum, Jaime Herman, Briana Aynsley, Henderson Cole, Mike Caulo, Sharon Agnello, Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, Nicole Rifkin, Jon Landman, Joe McGinnis, and Graham Rothenberg at The Syndicate, and Annie Zaleski.