Writer-director-star Tom Hanks’ 1996 feature “That Thing You Do!” remains among the most delightful rock ‘n’ roll movies ever made, in no small measure thanks to its glorious, pitch-perfect soundtrack. The picture’s Beatlesque title song, seen and heard above, was written by Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and co-produced and sung by the Candy Butchers’ Mike Viola.
Viola, who authored the Infant Sorrow tunes heard in the Russell Brand vehicle “Get Him to the Greek,” and Schlesinger, who wrote Stephen Colbert’s Grammy-winning “A Colbert Christmas” and the music for the stage version of John Waters’ “Cry-Baby,” are embarking on a brief run of dates together. They’ll perform at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia (July 27), New York’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors series (July 28, backed by the ETHEL String Quartet) and Joe’s Pub in New York (July 29).
Good news for fans of the “Thing” band the Wonders. (And that’s not pronounced “Oh-Knee-ders.”)