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Old 01-09-2019, 09:41 AM
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Does Anyone Else Find A New Song From a Commercial?

I've gotten about 6-7 new songs on my iPod just from watching a commercial. The first one was way back in 1993, when Volkwagen used a Clannad song for the Passat. Back then I had to call to find out what the song is.

My latest is from the Apple iPhone ad, Come Along by Cosmo Sheldrake. It was much easier to Google that one.

Anyone else discover a new tune from a commercial?
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:05 AM
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I do that quite often. One of my favorite discoveries is "Have Love Will Travel" by the Sonics. It was on a car commercial a few years ago. I can't even remember what car it was advertising. I had never heard the song or the group. I had to look it up. It's one of my favorites now.

A lot of the time I'll hear a song on a commercial that I know but never cared that much about when it was popular. For some reason hearing it on a commercial gives it new life and I find myself really liking it. "America" by Simon & Garfunkel is a good example of that.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:39 AM
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The first one for me was Let Me Be Myself, Geico caveman ad.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:52 AM
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Oh, yes, my iTunes has several songs I bought after first hearing them in commercials. In a weird meta- aspect, a few of them were first heard on Apple commercials for iPods. Car commercials also tend to yield up good tunes.
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The fact that advertisers occasionally use good songs doesn't surprise me - they are trying to attract my attention, after all. But I am sometimes surprised by the songs they choose. Viz:

Ford Transit Van: Disseminated by Soul Coughing. Go (as they say) figure. First time I had ever heard anything by Soul Coughing. So, thanks.

Hyundai: I'm Sticking With You by The Velvet Underground. A little oddity sung by Mo Tucker that I had not previously heard.

Other songs that I know well but was still surprised by:

Another Girl Another Planet by The Only Ones was used by Vodaphone

Reptilia by the Strokes is being used currently, I think for a holiday company.

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Old 01-09-2019, 11:01 AM
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With the decline in record sales and radio going by the wayside, getting your track in a commercial or in a TV show or movie is a huge thing for artists now! The labels or even better yet the independent artists' managers are pushing these relationships.

It's super great for the artists when people buy music they hear on commercials. Go you guys!

I actually can't think of anything I've bought after hearing it in a commercial. Usually the stuff that catches my ear are songs I already own and I'm like "hey cool, Lizzo got another check!"

I do quite often find new music by hearing the artist perform it on a talk show. So there's that. The Colbert Report was great for exposing me to new bands.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:02 AM
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I go the other way and find a snappy new song and then, a week later, hear it in a commercial. Then I need to fight the hipster-lizard part of my brain telling me that the song is ruined 'cause now everyone is hearing it. Fortunately, age has taught me that no one except me gives a shit what I'm listening to anyway.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:20 AM
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I have a positive association with Portugal the Man's Feel It Still, because I liked the commercial with Aaron Paul dancing on a treadmill.

Then there was another commercial with people discussing the song, so I was able to identify it. Unfortunately for those folks, I can't identify what the ad was for.

I still haven't heard the song in it's entirety, but that's okay. For a hidebound old lady like me, just recognizing a "new" song is unusual.

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Old 01-09-2019, 11:27 AM
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Budweiser used a lovely version of Stand by Me for their Super Bowl commercial. I grabbed that one too.
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Old 01-09-2019, 01:03 PM
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Reptilia by the Strokes is being used currently, I think for a holiday company.

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You're probably thinking of the latest TUI ad, in which case it's "Sometimes" by The Strokes.

The one I remember first hearing in an ad is "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros used in a Peugeot ad. There have been others, and luckily there are web sites that list ads and the songs used in them, otherwise I'm sure I'd never have identified half of them.
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Old 01-09-2019, 01:19 PM
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Sure. I've listened very little to radio or radio-equivelent services for more than 15 years, so hearing songs in the background of commercials/movies/TV shows is where pretty much all of my exposure to new (and "new to me") music comes from. Two songs that immediately come to mind that I picked up from commercials are Beep! Beep! (car commercial) and Forever Young (don't remember.)
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I first heard it in a.. Smirnoff? commercial. (barrel bodied middle-age guy in a speedo walking down a beach with zero-Fs given.)
I love the song but can't get into her other stuff.
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Oh yes, all the time. Some semi-recent examples:

Suit by Boom! Bap! Pow!
Can't Get it Right Today by Joe Purdy
Je Ne Te Connais Pas by The Prototypes
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You're probably thinking of the latest TUI ad, in which case it's "Sometimes" by The Strokes.....
Aha - you're right. I stand corrected.

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It's from 1997, so not "new," but new in the sense that I discovered the song from the commercial! Da Da Da by Trio in the Volkswagen commercial
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:39 PM
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A few years back some video game (maybe Call of Duty?) commercial used a remake of "Mad World" that was haunting instead of the pop sounding Tears For Fears version. I tracked it down and it is now my preferred version.
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Yes, back in the early 2000s, Breathe by Telepopmusik was used in a car commercial. I latched onto it pretty quickly.
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:00 PM
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2008 Brandi Carlile: The Story GM Olympics commericial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPT0UQ-4gog
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I discovered Andrea Bocelli, the classical and operatic singer... through South Park, when Kenny's voice was dubbed with his music.

I don't regret it at all. Fantastic voice.

And Nick Drake, the mellow singer, from the Volkswagen commercials.

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Usually "Cute" isn't a word that describes music I like. But I heard Fabienne Delsol sing this one in a Toyota commercial. Not only is it cute, but I daresay that it is cute, cute, cute!
"Come Along"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44bJD4L83HU

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I discovered "Come Out and Play" by Billie Eilish from a wonderful Apple commercial that played during the 2018 holiday season.

I bought "One Day I'll Fly Away", the cover version by Vaults, after it appeared in my new favorite commercial, a 2016 advertisement by UK department store John Lewis, complete with foxes bouncing on a trampoline.
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There's been a couple songs I've heard on promo ads on PBS that have found their way into my collection. One that comes to mind right off is "Where Not To Look For Freedom" by The Belle Brigade.
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Budweiser used Paddling Out by Miike Snow on their ads during baseball season a few years back. I had to Shazam it to get the title, and boom - still on my playlist.

There’s been other music on commercials that’s been intriguing, but I haven’t always had success tracking them down.
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Also from GIECO, back when their commercials weren't idiotic: "CB Song".
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A few years back some video game (maybe Call of Duty?) commercial used a remake of "Mad World" that was haunting instead of the pop sounding Tears For Fears version. I tracked it down and it is now my preferred version.
It was one of the Gears of War games. I think it was this one, though there's several fan made versions on Youtube.

I'm not sure if I discovered José González (covering the Knife) via commercial or not, but it's a cool commercial about wrecking San Francisco.

I haven't heard of any of their other songs, but I too think Da Da Da first in commercial songs.
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There have been others, and luckily there are web sites that list ads and the songs used in them, otherwise I'm sure I'd never have identified half of them.
Provided you remember the company the ad was for, just searching Youtube for "[company] ad" will usually get you the ad with the song credited in the description.
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Green Light Red Light by Toplady for a Toyota commercial.

https://toplady.bandcamp.com/track/g...ight-red-light
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The Volkswagen commercial with Dean Martin's version of "The Birds and the Bees" was great, and the song is on my iTunes.
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All the time. I still have Alphaville's Forever Young listed in my MP3 Player as "Ion Commercial"
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Sometimes I think I find all of my new music this way.

I think it started with this Apple ad for the new iPod Touch, which led me to download "Music Is My Hot Hot Sex".
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Just search YouTube for "Apple commercial". You'll find a lot of good music.
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Sitting at home one night a few years ago and this Ashley Madison commercial came on (link SFW). I absolutely just adore the Tom Rosenthal song which is featured.

Oddly enough... or maybe not that oddly, the kid just devours music.... my then 15yo daughter knew who he was.
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It was one of the Gears of War games. I think it was this one, though there's several fan made versions on Youtube.

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That version was originally in the movie Donnie Darko.
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Yes Car ad - "Running" by Computer Magic
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I've been hearing Dolly Parton songs for a couple of different advertisers lately.
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Harlem River by Kevin Morby was used in a Target ad in Australia. I had never heard of the song or the artist but got the album.
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I got this one from a Toyota commercial.

I never saw this Nike one on TV, but I liked the sentiment, especially since I work out regularly.
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This first one was used in a promo for a TV show. “I Can’t Get You Off my Mind” by Miss Li. Very cool song.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq2qsAZ1hn0

Don’t remember the product for this one. “Blue Eyes” by Ladyhawke. ETA just looked it up, it was Verizon.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p1Pucpi8cvo

I know I must live under a rock because the first time I heard “Happy” by Pharrell was in a TV commercial. I know some people make fun of it but I love that song.

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Donovans' Catch the Wind from a GE commercial. In the early days of my days of my relationship with my husband, it was kind of "our" song.. I haven't listened to it in ages.. thanks for posting this thread, I'm gonna go hug him now.
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It's happened a few times for me. The song "No Sleep Tonight" by The Faders came to my attention thanks to an iTunes commercial. "Tongue Tied" by Grouplove was in an iPod touch commercial. And I was compelled to track down "Red Light Love" by Those Darlins after it was used in a spot for the Kia Sorento.
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From movie and videogame trailers all the time, those are basically commercials.
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Y Desacher by Argentine Marilina Bertoldi was used for a Volkswagen commercial. I was watching the commercial and was like "by golly, that song kinda rocks".
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I ran into Glitter and Gold by Barns Courtney when it was used in the trailer for The Founder, and Way Down We Go (and Kaleo in general) courtesy of a trailer for Logan.
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I ran into Glitter and Gold by Barns Courtney when it was used in the trailer for The Founder, and Way Down We Go (and Kaleo in general) courtesy of a trailer for Logan.
I love that song! I discovered it on the Netflix series - Safe with Michael C. Hall. I immediately downloaded it to my Amazon playlist.
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Mr. Oizo - B Flat a Levi's commercial I still think about.
Theres a car commercial playing now using Motorhead's cover of Sympathy for the Devil, knew about it before but it rekindled my love for that song.

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