Commercial Appeal

And While We’re At It, Does This McDonald’s Commerical Rip Off “Lisztomania”?

By Corban Goble / September 19, 2011
Alright, the latest edition of "Does [insert huge company] rip off [insert artist]?" is a little hairier -- this possible invocation of Phoenix's "Lisztomania" isn't as cut-and-dry as our last adventure into this territory. But, admittedly, it's pretty darn close, melodically. While I don't have as sharp of an ear, in terms of key… More »

…And Does This Nokia Commercial Rip Off The xx?

By Corban Goble / September 15, 2011
The last time out, we had a rip-off that tread into a bit of a gray area thanks to a key change, but this recent ad for Nokia in India is way more of an open-and-shut case. This is totally the same song. "VCR" by the the xx. I hope they have the best… More »

Does This Dell Commercial Rip Off Broken Bells?

By Corban Goble / September 13, 2011
Reader Michael chimed in last night when he spotted the eerie similarity between Broken Bells' "The Ghost Inside" and a song used in a new Dell commercial. Michael writes: Note that the melody is slightly different (and in D rather than E), but the drumbeat is exactly. the fucking same. Also, note how the choru… More »

Julian Casablancas Shills For French Perfume

By Corban Goble / September 1, 2011
There's not much to it, but here's a stylized clip of Julian Casablancas in a French perfume ad. In it he crowd surfs and presumably smells great. More »

Willie Nelson Covers Coldplay For Chipotle

By Corban Goble / August 30, 2011
Willie Nelson covers Coldplay for a Chipotle ad -- why not, I guess? But "The Scientist" does sound pretty good in Nelson's signature twang so I'll take it. The ad itself, well, that's another story. I feel weird. More »

Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, & Andrew W.K. – “I’m A Goner”

By Amrit Singh / August 17, 2011
Matt & Kim & Soulja Boy & Andrew W.K. are the latest triple-billing for Converse's corporately underwritten original MP3 project "Three Artists, One Song." (Previously: Julian Casablancas, Santigold, and Pharrell; later, Best Coast, Kid Cudi, and Rostam.) Matt produced. The project attempts to fuse these three artists styles, but succeeds in fusing together… More »

The New Pornographers Make “Moves” For T-Mobile

By Amrit Singh / August 17, 2011
Last night while watching something on TV (Stewart or Colbert or Breaking Bad are my only options these days, so one of those) I heard a lady rhapsodizing about T-Mobile's "best deal ever," and then heard that sermon paired with an unreasonably catchy jingle that reminded me of the New Pornos' "Moves." Turns out it… More »

Lindstrøm Remixes Best Coast

By Scott Lapatine / July 19, 2011
Havaianas USA has hooked up with Best Coast for a free show at the flip-flip brand's pop-up shop at Space 15Twenty in LA this Friday night. In celebration of partnership you can grab a download of Norwegian producer Lindstrøm's new remix of last summer's Besty hit "Boyfriend." Just head to Havaianas' Facebook page and… More »

Here’s The Rob Zombie Woolite Commercial You Wanted

By Scott Lapatine / June 20, 2011
Rob Zombie directed a new commercial for Woolite that makes doing laundry seem scary. "Don't let detergents torture your clothes." Ha, relax Woolite. It’s not even Halloween -- you're just being weird. Watch the spot… More »

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Suffering From “OHP”

By brandon / June 1, 2011
Or, "Overwhelming Hunger Pains." Hinds, already busy with a couple Mastodon side-projects and the followup to 2009's Crack The Skye, stars in an advertisement for Atlanta bar/restaurant Elmyr, where he's probably now getting free food/drinks for life. The clip, which parodies standard pharmaceutical advertisements, was shot by Newmerica. Hinds' West End Motel bandmate… More »

Peter Bjorn & John Soundtrack Bud Light Lime Spot

By Scott Lapatine / May 16, 2011
This month Bud Light (the beer that has its own Santigold remix) celebrates the third birthday of its Lime spinoff. While this new commercial doesn't mention that milestone, it does mention the beverage is not overly limed nor overly sweet. It also takes place in a convenience store that only stocks Bud Light Lime… More »

Sigur Rós Soundtrack Human Planet Promo

By brandon / May 6, 2011
Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power recently said "soundtracking nature documentaries would work out pretty well" for his new Blanck Mass project. Well, Benjamin, Sigur Rós are living the dream. Sort of. Takk's "Sæglópur" provides the official soundtrack to the promo videos for the Discovery Channel's Human Planet, a six-part series that turns the camera… More »

Duck Sauce “Barbra Streisand” Soundtracks Vitamin Water, Express Ads

By jessica / April 19, 2011
If you watched the return of Gossip Girl last night you might have noticed Duck Sauce's "Barbra Streisand" soundtracking multiple commercials. Like Vampire Weekend's "Holiday," it's the right moment for the song, which reached the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart in December 2010. Now it's reached commercials for Expre… More »

Weezer Star In IZOD Ad

By brandon / March 31, 2011
Weezer wear red and perform Hurley's "Brave New World" in a dusty, ostensibly "exhilarating" new commercial for IZOD's IndyCar Series. The clip also features "racing and business icon" Roger Penske and a bunch of excited hangs-on in sunglasses. Aldous Huxley couldn't be reached for comment. More »

MSGVarsity Rips Off Unicorns

By jessica / March 23, 2011
Yeah, good luck with this. We've seen lots of commercials ripping off indie bands lately (Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, etc). Now you can add Unicorns to that list. The Montreal band's "I Was Born (A Unicorn)" shows up in this commercial for MSGVarsity, a TV channel that shows high school varsity sport… More »

Justice – “Civilization”

By Amrit Singh / March 15, 2011
Yesterday's tease is today's full song soundcloud stream ripped from an Adidas ad complete with incidental commercial sound effects. "Civilization," the return track from French bloghouse synth-distorters Jus†ice, is also a soundtrack to the "All Adidas" campaign. And fair enough, it sounds like the sort of stuff the ancient Romans would play before sending… More »

Daft Coke

By jessica / February 23, 2011
More news in Daft Punk related merch: Coca-Cola has paired up with French pair Daft Punk for a set of limited edition Coke bottles. The bottle set is called "Daft Punk x Coca-Cola Club Coke,” and as you can see, it sort of looks like the duo's helmets. It'll be available at French clubs,… More »

Bat For Lashes Covers Depeche Mode

By jessica / February 22, 2011
Gucci Guilty For Him, a new men's cologne from the Italian label, hired Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan to do this cover of "Strangelove" for the "soundtrack for the upcoming release" of the fragrance. I'm guessing it'll appear in an upcoming commercial. The debut of Guilty for women came with a commercial starring Evan Rachel… More »

Weezer Cover The State Farm Jingle

By jessica / February 14, 2011
I think of Weezer as the James Franco of music. They'll try anything at least once, so there's no point in getting excited or frustrated or puzzled by their next move. It's too exhausting. So here's Weezer doing the State Farm jingle. It's on the official State Farm YouTube channel, so they probably commissioned thi… More »

HP Bastardizes “Walk On The Wild Side”

By Amrit Singh / February 14, 2011
Since the Grammys got tasteful for Album Of The Year, it was up to the commercials to pack the crass. Cue Hewlitt Packard, who had their way with Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side," thereby managing to perform the pop cultural miracle of making Marky Mark feel like high art, in one minute… More »

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