Movies · Music

That Thing You Do

I’ve been thinking about That Thing You Do lately, which means it’s time for a re-watch.

I fell down the Wiki rabbit hole and discovered that the person who wrote the title song was Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger. (Don’t know Fountains of Wayne? Go watch Stacy’s Mom and Hey Julie and then come back here.)

Schlesinger and Mike Viola are who you actually hear singing in the movie and you can see them sing it in the clip below.

Here’s a clip from the movie of The Wonders playing a big crowd after they’ve started to gain a following.

You guys look great in red, have I told you that?

When I was looking up the song, I discovered that there have been several covers. I know some people can’t stand covers (hi Mom!), but I love them.

Next up, let’s check out a boy band covering a fictional boy band’s song. Be sure to bask in the glory of the velvet pants worn by NSYNC.

I know that sometimes, you just need to go punk. Am I right? Sadly, there’s no footage of New Found Glory actually playing, so enjoy the cheesetastic picture that appears to be from some time around the late 90s.

Next up we have a rock band, The Knack, who I always associate with their first hit song My Sharona and the movie Reality Bites (Netflix link!). My my my MY SHARONA!

Ever heard of Shakalabbits? Me either, but they’re a Japanese rock band who decided to make a video of their cover. I have to say, this was the cover I was most unsure about, but I actually like it quite a bit.

Last, but not least (we’re going to give the title of least to New Found Glory) is Bubblegum Lemonade, a Scottish Indie Pop group who has a slightly dreamy feel.

5 thoughts on “That Thing You Do

  1. Wow. Finding out that the band in the movie is not actually singing is almost as bad as finding out that the Partridge Family didn’t do their own singing (‘cept for David and Shirley) either….. Sadness. Love that movie.


  2. A lot of movie bands aren’t the actual ones singing. When they are, a big deal is made about it. Remember the hype for Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line?

    That Thing You Do! is one of my favorite movies. If it makes you feel any better, Tom Hanks did make the actors learn the chords for the songs, so it would look right.


    1. I’m actually not surprised they’re not singing, but you’re right, if it had been them, we would have heard about it! (One of my fave movies, too…. 😉 )


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