Posted on June 16th, 2020
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 a 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. Participating artists include Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Ben Lee and Sarah Silverman, Nada Surf, Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo, Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood of Belly, Rachel Bloom and Jack Dolgen of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jeff Rosenstock, Motion City Soundtrack, and many more.
100% 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.