America Town

America Town

by Five for FightingFive for Fighting
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Overview

The rather obscure moniker -- a bit of penalty-box slang tossed around by hockey aficionados -- disguises the fact that FFF is not a band so much as the brainchild of one man, namely John Ondrasik, a keenly sensitive, cleverly retro singer-songwriter who fits nicely in the lineage of Elton John, Joe Jackson, and Ben Folds. Ondrasik has been fighting it out in the trenches for several years now, and America Town, his second album, went virtually unnoticed for more than a year after its release -- until the poignant, melodically soaring "Superman" was adopted as an anthem for the heroes that emerged in the wake of the attacks of September 11th. Musically, that single sets the tone rather well: Ondrasik's high-pitched, emotive voice is a perfect vessel for carrying the heartfelt messages of the lovelorn "Jainy" and the stalwart "Bloody Mary (A Note on Apathy)." But rather than simply sink into the morass of message over medium, he tosses some change-ups into the mix, sneering at celebrity on the string-laden "Michael Jordan" and even rocking out in classic early-'70s fashion on the stirring "Boat Parade." It's clear that Ondrasik doesn't really think he possesses super powers, but his homespun self-awareness is evident throughout, making America Town a very comfortable place to visit.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646375921
catalogNumber: 63759

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Five for Fighting   Primary Artist
Shane Keister   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Nikki Harris   Vocals
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Robert Medici   Drums
John Ondrasik   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Dorian Crozier   Percussion,Drums
Bobby Schneck   Electric Guitar
Sheldon Gomberg   Bass,Upright Bass
Gregg Wattenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Grant   Management
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Greg Latterman   Executive Producer
John Ondrasik   String Arrangements
Jen Wyler   Authoring
Evan Lamberg   Executive Producer
David Boucher   Engineer
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Seth Atkins Horan   Engineer

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America Town 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heard John Ondrasik sing on TV show late one night. I bought the CD after I found out the Five for Fighting name. Great songs, great music. Highly recommended. Only problem now is that I have to take it back from my sons who keep stealing it from me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best band ever. Buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the song Superman, but didnt know the artist. I found out and right away I bought the CD. It's a great CD, with so many different types of songs on it, I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard about five for fighting before they were even well known from a friend of mine who saw them opening for Vertical Horizon. I really like the whole CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, another of those rare albums in which all of the material is totally enjoyable. This group is great and it is a good thing that there is room at the top where only Dave Matthews is....up until now, that is! Waiting anxiously for more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is so well put together. SuperMan is the reason I love it, because the song is first person about a man trying to find out more of who he is, while not losing the battle with the oncomming future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album I've bought in 10 years! I listen to it over and over and love ALL of the songs. There are NO duds. I bought it for Superman and the rest are just extra bonuses!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago