Content Warning: This essay is really well written, and may make some people jealous. It also contains some ideas which wouldn’t be considered appropriate for kiddos. You’ve been warned.
On September 23rd, 2003, the world was changed for the better when the band, Fountains of Wayne, released their most successful song, “Stacy’s Mom.” The song tells the story of a young boy (played by Shane Haboucha,) his friend, Stacy, and Stacy’s mom, who is the main character of the song. The song and accompanying music video tell of a complex “love triangle” between the boy (who will be known as Shane henceforth,) Stacy, and Stacy’s mom; Shane believes that Stacy’s mom has got it going on, Stacy believes Shane has got it going on, and Stacy’s mom probably believes that Matt Damon has got it going on, but that is never confirmed. The attractiveness of Stacy’s mom is the integral point of the entire story, so it is important to explore this extensive facet of information by analyzing the music video. Stacy’s mom has got it going on due to her bodily attractiveness, her independence, and her flirtatious attitude.
Stacy’s mom has got it going on partially due to her voluptuous figure and her willingness to show it off. The very first scene in the modern work of art which is the music video for “Stacy’s Mom” shows Stacy’s mother picking up her daughter from school, while Shane and his posse of perverts gander at Stacy’s mom’s bronzed legs. It becomes clear from their looks of awe, their gaping mouths, and uncomfortable shuffling, that Stacy’s mom awakened some primeval urge deep inside them, and they are madly in love with a woman who is by far their senior. The attractiveness of Stacy’s mom can also be seen in every single part of the music video, from Shane’s imagining of her being a stripper, to his watching her get undressed multiple times, culminating in him watching her rise from a swimming pool like a graceful porpoise with arms and opposable thumbs. It is very clear just from those three scenes that she has got it going on. Stacy’s maternal figure is attractive due to the pheromones which she emanates, and the fact that she dresses as though she lacks sufficient funds to buy enough clothes.
The independence of Stacy’s mom is one of the major reasons that she has got it going on. Immediately preceding the second chorus, Shane (the narrator), says “Since your dad walked out, your mom could use a guy like me!” Independence is often a very attractive quality in someone, and it definitely works for Stacy’s mom. The fact that Shane sees Stacy’s mom as an independent woman is seen in the section of the music video where he imagines her as a stripper. Stripping may not be the most honorable job, but it shows that one has independence when one has a job of any kind and is providing one’s own income. It must be realized that the whole song is sung to Stacy by Shane, and Shane is explaining why he does not like Stacy. One of the primary reasons that Shane does not like Stacy is because she is not independent. She has to be picked up from school, and relies on someone else to put a roof over her head. Stacy’s mom has got it going on, because she needs no one else to take care of her, and is a strong, independent woman, which most people find attractive.
Stacy’s attitude toward Shane is what he finds most attractive and is the most important aspect of her perceived beauty. Many women are attractive and/or independent, but they sport the wrong attitude towards men, and said males are then not attracted to them. It is clear from the lyrics that Stacy’s mom flirts with Shane extensively, or at least gives the impression of flirtatiousness. The best example of this can be seen when the lyrics read: “I could tell she liked me from the way she stared and the way she said, “you missed a spot over there.”” At the moment when she seductively tells Shane that he is terrible at his job, she is either dressed only in a towel, or is currently receiving a massage in full view of Shane, which ends up distracting him to the point of running over a bird house. It does not seem that it would be a relaxing experience to get a massage while the smell of grass clippings and gasoline wafts through the air, but to each his own. Two more examples of Stacy’s mom flirting can be seen in the first verse, and the last chorus. In the first verse, Shane asks Stacy “Did your mom get back from her business trip? Is she there, or is she trying to give me the slip?” implying that Stacy’s mom is flirting with Shane, or is trying to run away from him. This second point is obviously not accurate, as she definitely flirts with him later, especially in the last section of the music video, where she swims seductively while he is watching. Granted, he is watching from a bathroom, but everyone knows that moms have eyes in the backs of their heads, so she was undoubtedly aware that he was watching her. Stacy’s mom’s flirtatious attitude is a major component of her attractiveness, and even though she is definitely a pedophile, she has it going on.
Some could argue that Stacy’s mom does not have it going on, but there is not really any logic to support in this argument. In fact, there is only evidence for the contrary. This is seen in the song’s lyrics, when the narrator says “Stacy’s mom has got it goin’ on” nine different times throughout the song. There is not even a hint that Stacy’s mom does not have it going on, so that argument can be thrown out the window.
Stacy’s mom has got it going on because of her “hotness,” independent attitude, and flirting demeanor. To truly understand something, one must look at its innermost workings. For example, if someone wanted to fully understand a clock, they would look underneath its wooden exterior and take note of every piece and how the clock fits together as a whole. It is always interesting to dissect the major elements of a song, because only then can the song be fully understood. Every piece of “Stacy’s Mom” fits perfectly together and all of the lyrics work together to write a complicated love ballad that stirs even the hardest hearts. After careful dissection, it becomes clear that even Fountains of Wayne’s one-hit-wonder was far more complex and detailed than most people will ever realize. A careful study of a song will result in a greater appreciation of it, which will result in more enjoyment of said song. Only when “Stacy’s Mom” has been studied at great length can it be fully appreciated as a modern-day masterpiece.