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Old 07-27-2007, 02:31 PM   #1
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Heard the faux-Vertigo commerical?

I think it's Dodge. Anyway, they have a generic instrumental track that gets pretty close to the sound of Vertigo without being lawsuit-worthy. The guitar is chunky with lots of rhythmic palm-muting with that whole D to E riff. The dirty bass and drum tone is pretty dead-on as well. The only thing it really avoids is the whole descending A, A flat, G part.

I've read about the phenomenon. The ad agency will make a version of the commercial with the favored audio track. When it becomes too expensive or impossible to get the rights, they'll have some studio monkeys make a close approximation to the original song. There's a Coldplay-esque one making the rounds as well...

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I've actually heard this.. I couldn't break it down to decending A & G's, but it's just off enough to get around having to pay royalties..
I just heard the Crysler commercial while typing this - that is very close to coldplay.. but then again..
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I've heard it. It does make me think it's "Vertigo" for a split second. There was a "Streets" knockoff a year or so ago that was also in a car commercial. These auto makers must really want U2 in their ads.
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It's actually fun to spot the near-songs.

There has to be a real skill in capturing a song's vibe while tweaking it enough to avoid legal problems. Kinda like the Rutles.
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I've heard one recently thats nearly identical to Coldplay's "Clocks"
Pretty sure that's also a car commercial
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Old 07-28-2007, 08:38 AM   #7
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i saw that commercial and "Vertigo" was my first thought! i also saw a commercial, maybe a few months ago, that sounded like mysterious ways. it was for a hotel chain
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anyone catch what commercial it was?

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