It’s awfully hypocritical that after Ben Bridwell’s insufferable ranting about being famous for only “the Funeral,” — or, more specifically, people at certain shows only interested in “the Funeral,” same ballpark — Band of Horses allowed it to be used in a 2008 Ford Edge commercial. Remember this? Here’s the key excerpt:
But then you had all these kids up front, that seemed so disinterested in the show and didn’t look up at the stage or anything. They just kind of sat there in front of the stage. Just seemed like they didn’t want to be there at all, until we played “The Funeral”. So all of a sudden you had these people that seemed so disinterested in the show all, somehow at the same time, pull their cameras out of their bags and start filming.
So I’m sitting there– now they’re really interested in this one song– and they still won’t make eye contact, looking through their little lenses, taping this one song for their blogs or for their fucking YouTube [accounts] or whatever, and it was just so annoying. It’s like, this show is already going south, and these people that seem disinterested are only here to further their YouTube accounts or their blogs or whatever, and it just pissed me off.
Way to discredit yourself there, Bridwell. Licensing it for a car commercial will definitely stop this problem for you.
They have a new album! With songs that don’t sound wildly different (in fact, whoever posted the video on YouTube thinks the song is “Is There A Ghost”)! They could have tried to convince Ford to use a song from it! But, since it seems they’d rather cement themselves to the one-hit-wonder category as much as possible, I won’t deviate from the process.
Band of Horses: “The Funeral” (download)
Dec 3, 2007
HA! I find that to be extremely amusing. Here, finally, I think we can appropriately use the word “SELLOUT.”
I have their new stuff, and it’s just..meh. I typically listen to them on long, boring drives if that says anything!
PS – planning on doing a “best albums” list this year? I really enjoyed your list from 2006!
Dec 6, 2007
I completely disagree. What do you even listen to anyways – seems highly irrelevant to to pin these guys as one-hit wonders when you claim to listen to harvey danger. Jeeze gal, grow up.
Dec 7, 2007
You know, you might be right… all of this pushing of “The Funeral” must be a music industry conspiracy to cover the band’s other widely recognized songs, like “Beating a dead (band of) horse(s).”
May 13, 2008
if you don’t want to be a fan then don’t. don’t listen, don’t go to the shows. don’t do anything. those of us that actually do enjoy the music and the band won’t be any worse off without a whiny toddler like yourself.
May 13, 2008
You’re commenting on an entry that’s over a year old and I’m the whiny toddler? Hey pot, I’d like you to meet my friend kettle.
Nov 21, 2008
People like to get critical and more so in terms of music and bands. Its just natural for some people not liking a particular kind of music or band and it is natural for some people to be vocal about it. I dont see the need to argue about something that has to do with personal taste.