Monday, February 04, 2008

No Cars Go...to the Superbowl!! 

Most if not all of you may not give a crap about the Arcade Fire fiasco, but I do, so I was very pleased to find the nightmare seems not to be true.

from Pitchfork (h/t Fixin's):
Yes, That Was an Arcade Fire Song in a Super Bowl Ad

No, the band didn't have anything to do with it

As you might have noticed, some kind of important televised sporting event happened earlier this evening. A ball was kicked and thrown and men in extremely tight pants ran back and forth across something resembling grass. In the middle, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed, though they didn't really seem to get what all the fuss was about. (Tom didn't even think the occasion was worth shaving for.)

A few minutes after the halftime show, something weird happened. And it wasn't just the realization that holy shit, the Giants actually have a chance here. It was an ad for NFL on Fox, buoying its triumphant montage of sweaty dudes in helmets with the rousing strains of the coda to the Arcade Fire's "No Cars Go".

Verrry interrrresting. We knew these guys were sports fans, but would Win, Regine, and the gang really sell their music to Rupert Murdoch so that he could advertise his football television program?

No, no they wouldn't.

Turns out Fox never even asked the band if they could use their song, and they certainly weren't given permission to do so. (Gee, this sounds familiar.)

Right now, it's unclear if anything illegal took place, or if the Arcade Fire is owed any money from Fox. The matter is currently being reviewed by the band's camp.

UPDATE: Apparently "No Cars Go" has been used during NFL on Fox ads throughout the football season, according to various readers.

Throughout the season? And no one (including me) noticed till the superbowl? I guess there's not so much overlap between the AF fanship and the NFL viewership.

Oh, and while I'm at it, you'll have heard there are some polls out today. As far as I can remember, Zogby is the only one who always gets it right near the finish. And here's what he says about:

California - Democrats


Obama 46%

Clinton 40%

Missouri - Democrats


Obama 47%

Clinton 42%

New Jersey - Democrats


Clinton 43%

Obama 43%

Looking very good.


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