Post Puppet Show, we waited on line with the rest of Austin for Blonde Redhead at Emo’s. Things were looking dire, until we got word via BBerry that Simon, Randy, Paula, and Ford Fusion had a treat waiting on the Internet for us. Yes, American Idol’s top 12 gave ?Float On? the silly costume and synchronized dance treatment for a Ford promo. Modest Mouse wouldn’t be our first choice for breakdancing, but if anything this makes us appreciate Isaac’s voice more. Nice afro too. Sigh. If only Antonella Barba were around to lip-sync Amy Winehouse next week. (Thanks Thierry for the heads up, and BWE for uploading.)

Comments (37)
  1. Spencer  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0


  2. matty ice  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    i hate everything.

  3. Kim  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    My soul hurts after watching that.

  4. merc  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    wow, that is awful. it looks like everybody took the tussin express.

  5. annie onymous  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    yeah it sucked.
    but i take this opportunity to say that gina glockson is flippin’ hot.

  6. Must… shut… eyes… blindness… noooooo!

  7. ryantheduke  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    ugh.. jesus christ.

  8. Do the computers in Austin not have link-back capabilities?

  9. it was like…”Thriler” meets the 90s take on the Brady Bunch movie. In the worst possible way. At least Michael Jackson made dancing like a zombie look kinda (ok, really) cool.

    it burnsss ussssssssss.

  10. Jimmy James  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    What a turd blossom.

  11. james  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    jesus christ. i have been reading ‘gum everyday for a long time and never felt an overwhelming need to post a comment. until now. and whith all that said, i have nothing else but, jesus christ.

  12. johnsmith  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    nothing is sacred anymore

  13. cyndi  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    i wish i were dead

  14. Kidzbop isn’t just for kidz anymore — it’z now for tunelezz twentysomethingz with acute mental deficienciez!

  15. maria  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    i just threw up a little in my mouth…

    why lord, why?

  16. Nate  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    I love it!
    Afro to boombox transition? Check.
    Clueless fat man imitating vocal style on “bit”? Check.
    Finally giving “Float On” the break dancing treatment it’s been begging for? Double check!

  17. This is not only a terrible rendition of a great song (though it’s certainly that), it’s also further proof that for all this shows posturing about finding the next music superstar, it cares little about the actual music, what these songs mean at their core, as well as to the people who love them.

    The whole thing gave me the vibe of a dad whose trying to prove to his kids that he’s young and cool, but really just embarrassing them. But the real sadness is that these aren’t middle-aged parents performing this. They ARE the kids. Kids that should know better.

  18. Matthew  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    That was almost as bad as you saying “ON line” instead of “IN line.”

  19. Elliot  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    I feel a great disturbance in the Force. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

  20. Elliot  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    Oh wait, my bad. it’s just time for a commercial break.

  21. And Sanjaya survived another week.
    I want him to win so bad. It would be incredible.

  22. marissa  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    wow. that was the worst thing I think I’ve ever seen.

  23. craig mailman  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    so did the band give them the okay! on that one??

  24. That would be my question too. Who approved this? Did Isaac sell his publishing rights to Ryan Seacrest or some shit? I don’t blame American Idol for this. My question would be solely for the band.

  25. Ethan  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    MM has a new album coming out. Hello promotion. Hello bling. Goodbye integrity.

  26. Finchmeister  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0


  27. burndownthemission  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    This is GREAT! Seriously, I feel like they nailed the essence of that song! “Float On” was never more than a top 40 bubblegum summer jam, and I mean that as a compliment. And what’s more, it’s an unmistakable “fuck you” to any of their old fans still desperately clinging to the notion that Modest Mouse is anything more than a top 40 band anymore.

    Their early records meant a lot to me, musically and lyrically, and they always will. And I’m happy for their success. The fact that there are kids listening to this band that might otherwise only be listening to My Chemical Romance or Fall Out Boy (or American Idol, for that matter) is one of the few miracles of modern pop.

    But that doesn’t mean I need to hang on for dear life like Isaac Brock and I owe each other something. I outgrew him and his band, and they outgrew me. They can’t possibly expect any of their old fans to still be showing up at the hockey stadiums they play these days, just like we can’t expect Isaac Brock to want to still sing about being pissed off and poor and young and dumb (yeah, those were definitely his central themes). Besides, it would be a put on if he pretended that’s what his life was still about.

  28. js  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    I can’t wait till American Idol does Tom Waits.

    Seriously though, this is fucking ridiculous.

  29. crisisjim  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    this makes me cringe, frown, and kill.

  30. jim  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2007 0

    i don’t think i’ve ever actually said this before, but…burndownthemission: hear, hear. those guys deserve to buy houses, especially if it’s not with my money…it’s not like there’s some big indie rock 401k they can tap.

  31. Sruly  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2007 0

    the comments make up for the vid ever so slightly

  32. skot.  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2007 0


    If I remember my music licensing rights correctly, I don’t think the band has to actually approve such a use of its song. As long as they receive the royalties, it’s legal and there’s not a whole lot that they can do.

    You know, other than get pissed and request that such a monstrosity doesn’t actually occur…

  33. pat  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2007 0

    never thought id see MM would be associated with american idol
    i guess that was obviously wrong

  34. Again,american idol has to take a great song and a great band and COMPLETELY RUIN IT!
    that show is the most disgusting thing ever.and sure,some of the people have great voices. but its based on conformity, and all you need is a voice,no lyrical talent,and you dont even have to know how to play an instrument.thats NOT talent.i have NO respect for most of the kids on that show,all they do is stand there and sing.Im a singer/songwriter and i would never sing someone elses material,or let anyone write or compose my music for me.Its the most un-original stupid show ever.

    and for them to take a great,unique band like modest mouse and turn it into some stupid pop video is disgusting.they sould learn how to fucking write and compose their own material and have some originality.i think most of the kids on that show just do it for the money,not the love of music.

  35. I just died a little

  36. negrolips  |   Posted on Mar 17th, 2007 0

    i rofled. i dont see what the big deal is.

  37. anon  |   Posted on Mar 18th, 2007 0

    i don’t know guys, it seemed pretty good to me.


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