Stacey’s Mom, she had it going on…
If Fountains of Wayne’s 2003 power pop hit is to be believed, it’s the Mrs Robinson types that hold the most appeal to younger men. Specifically: horny adolescent teen boys.
The track, which celebrates its 13th anniversary today (September 29), was penned by the band’s Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger after a friend of the latter’s declared he had a crush on his grandmother.
Schlesinger recalled: “One of my best friends, when we were maybe 11 or 12, came to me and announced that he thought my grandmother was hot. And I said, ‘Hey, you’re stepping over the line,’ but at that point in life, I wouldn’t put it past anyone.”
An upbeat tune that blended Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson with the Cars’ Just What I Needed, plus a hefty dose of humour, the track became an instant classic.
The success was partly down to a music video that cast New Zealand-born supermodel Rachel Hunter in the role of the eponymous ‘mom’.
Having already graced the pages of Sports Illustrated, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Hunter was hot property at the time. She was also married to rocker Rod Stewart and mum to their two children Renee and Liam.
Prior to Stacey’s Mom, Hunter had appeared in sexy thriller Two Shades of Blue, The Drew Carey Show and the forgotten Mark Wahlberg vehicle Rock Star, but her defining on-screen image is probably emerging from a swimming pool clad in a red bikini.
During the course of a 3-minute pop tune everyone fell for Stacey’s Mom.
After the music video hit Hunter parlayed that success into playing ‘Hot Mom’ in 2006 comedy The Benchwarmers, a cameo in The Vicar of Dibley and a starring role in jet black comedy series Gravity in 2010.
She’s still big news Down Under, too, spending two series on the judging panel for New Zealand’s Got Talent from 2012 to 2013.
More recently she’s fronted TV One’s documentary series Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty, in which she jets around the globe trying to uncover the meaning of beauty in different countries.
Hunter also appeared in reality TV series Hollywood Medium, allowing Tyler Henry to give her a psychic reading.
“Being that he’s around 20, he’ll probably have no idea who I am,” Hunter quipped of her youthful psychic. Henry even discovered “paranormal activity” at Hunter’s home, leading her to make the decision to sell her home.
Talent clearly runs in the Hunter genes. Her son Liam Stewart is a professional ice hockey player turning out for Coventry Blaze in the UK.
Happy anniversary, Stacey’s Mom!