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Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard covers Fountains of Wayne in Adam Schlesinger tribute


Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard treated fans to a cover of Fountains of Wayne’s ‘Barbara H’ on his most recent live stream in tribute to frontman Adam Schlesinger who sadly passed away aged 52 from coronavirus.

Before Gibbard played the song, which was taken from Fountains of Wayne’s 1996 debut self-titled album, the Death Cab For Cutie frontman opened up about his relationship with Schlesinger.

Gibbard revealed: “I owe him [Schlesinger] a huge debt of gratitude because he was integral in picking ‘Me & Magdalena’ for the Monkees to record four years ago. 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. But to the bottom of my heart, I’m so grateful for him to help me realise a life-long dream…”

The cover was part of Gibbard’s ‘Live At Home’ sessions which he is doing on YouTube which has seen him take on classics from the likes of Radiohead, John Lennon and Bob Dylan but, during last night’s stream, the vocalist took it back to the beginning by performing acoustic versions of early Death Cab For Cutie songs.

Cut to 42:48 of the video below to watch his tribute to Schlesinger.

Gibbard’s full setlist can also be seen in full, below:

0:24 – Lightness
4:10 – Everything’s A Ceiling
9:02 – The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
14:08 – A Hard One to Know
16:15 – (Q&A)
25:49 – When We Drive
30:25 – Passenger Seat
34:09 – (s/o to MusiCares)
37:40 – Pictures in an Exhibition
42:49 – Barbara H. (by Fountains of Wayne, tribute to Adam Schlesinger)
47:20 – Song for Kelly Huckaby