A song from the Strokes recently showed up in a commercial for the Volkswagen Golf, and it looks like another car company has snagged the honor of a Julian Casablancas-performed song to soundtrack their ad. Acura’s new holiday commercial uses Casablancas’ cover of “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” the Saturday Night Live recurring classic that Casablancas first released as a bonus track on his 2009 solo album Phrazes For The Young and performed on Jimmy Fallon later that year. Casablancas also seems to have a long-time appreciation for the Japanese car company: When asked what his favorite kind of car was in an Interview piece from back in 2002 when the Strokes were just starting out, he responded, “Well, I always joke around that if we ever made enough money to buy a new car, I’d probably buy an Acura. A black sports car.” Look at how far he’s come. Watch the ad below.
Here’s the full version of Casablancas’ cover: